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Brown Rice Krispie (Crisp-Wee) Treats




Eating and making Rice Krispy treats are a cooking right of passage for all kids -- even the ones who don't like to cook. It's a lot of fun to do and making sweet, gooey goodies doesn't get much easier than the that. Still, just take a minute to look at what's in a regular Rice Krispy treat and your head will spin. Don't get me wrong, I love the old fashioned kind, but the thought of marshmallows made with cups of corn syrup made me think twice about making them for Kenya.

Still, the thought of him missing out on this kids classic broke my heart, so we came up with a version that's actually healthy without giving up any of the flavor of the original. Recently, I brought a batch of the weelicious version for Kenya and his friends to have after their sports class. Normally I would feel guilty about showing up so late in the afternoon with sweet treats for the kids (I hate getting the evil eye from other moms), but these snacks are different. Since they're made with peanut butter, almond butter and brown rice, that means they're packed with protein and a healthy carbohydrate. So, the next time you want a sweet treat that you secretly know is good for your kids, try making these and watch the huge smiles all over everyone's faces!

Brown Rice Krispie (Crisp-Wee) Treats  (Makes 16 Squares)

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Eating and making Rice Krispy treats are a cooking right of passage for all kids -- even the ones who don't like to cook. It's a lot of fun to do and making sweet, gooey goodies doesn't get much easier than the that. Still, just take a minute to look at...


  • 2/3 cup rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 3 1/2 cups organic crispy brown rice cereal


  1. 1. In a large sauce pan, heat brown rice syrup, almond and peanut butter over low heat and whisk until melted and combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. 2. Remove from the heat and pour over rice crispies in a large bowl.
  3. 3. Stir with a plastic spatula until completely combined.
  4. 4. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan and press down to flatten the top (sometimes I put a zip lock bag on my hand like a glove, to press into the pan and flatten the treats).
  5. 5. Cool for 5 minutes and cut into bars.
  6. 6. Serve.
Brown Rice Krispie (Crisp-Wee) Treats

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  3. Kelly

    April 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

    My kids love these but curious how long yours last. They hardened by the end of the day and were in a covered container. Thanks

  4. Amanda

    March 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    My kids cannot get enough of these. Even took them to an event at church. They were gone in minutes!

  5. Angela

    December 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    These are great! I added some unsweetened cocoa powder just for different flavor.
    They held together perfectly.
    Definitely recommend!

  6. Caroline

    December 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Hi, I tried making these into the balls and they wouldn’t stick. Did I not cook the syrup and peanut butter long enough?

    • Catherine McCord

      December 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Hmm either that or they didn’t get mixed well enough before rolling! If the problem is that it’s sticking to your hands, try slightly wetting your hands first!

  7. kmcarp

    November 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    These were good but mine turned out on the hard side, kind of hard to bite through. Did i maybe pack them in too tight or heat rice syrup up too hot? The same thing happened to the chewy granola balls from your cookbook, which uses combo of peanut butter and brown rice syrup too. I tried not to roll too tight but got the same effect of almost too hard to bite through. I’m a fairly good cook and recipes are really easy so i’m not sure what i’m doing. Please help!

  8. Hannah

    October 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    What can I replace the almond butter with? I have a peanut butter replacement (since our son is allergic to nuts) but nothing for almond butter. Could I use all one type of butter instead of using 2 varieties?

    • catherine

      October 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      You can use your peanut butter replacement for the entire recipe! That’s what I love about peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter… they can all be interchanged for each other!

  9. Jill

    September 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

    What would be some good add-ins that would stand up to the process? I see a few folks added chocolate chips – how about dried fruit? Anything to make them seasonal/for holidays? (i guess dried apricots and choc chips would be good for halloween? dried cranberries and marshmallows for christmas?..?)

    • catherine

      September 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      I think any dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts would work great in these!

  10. Jessica R.

    September 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Delicious! Made these today! Used honey instead of rice syrup. Another Weelicious success! Thank you!

  11. Susan G

    July 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I made these first with arrowhead Mills rice cereal. They were bad. Yuck! Then, I made them with the Koala Crisp which is chocolate. It added more sugar, but they were fantastic!

  12. Michelle S

    June 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I made these for the second time today. I used PB and cashew butter. Instead of pressing them into a pan, I rolled them into balls and put them in the freezer… How long do you think they will last in the freezer? We have a 3 week long RV trip coming up and I’m already precooking and freezing for easy snacking and cooking :)

    • catherine

      June 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

      They should last up to 4 months in the freezer! If you haven’t already, transfer them to a freezer bag to keep them fresh!

  13. Gina

    May 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This was my first Wee-Licious Recipe ever, and I proved you can’t go wrong! I didn’t feel like tracking down the rice syrup that my usual store didn’t sell, so used honey. Then I THOUGHT I bought organic almond butter, which I have never purchased, and I accidentally bought organic peanut butter. So with pure peanut butter and honey (I did get the brown rice krispies right!) my kids loved these! YES! WINNING! They even asked to have one for breakfast, and I almost considered it :-) I will be trying many, many more of your recipes. Thank you, thank you, thank you! (I’m trying to cut out processed foods without depriving my kids too much, so this was perfect!)

  14. Kalle

    April 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Could I sub agave for the rice syrup?

    • catherine

      April 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      No. Agave is not sticky like rice syrup and will not hold these together!

  15. Claudia

    March 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I can’t find rice syrup, what else can I use?

    • Mamta

      April 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

      FYI – I just made a batch with honey because I was out of brown rice syrup, it came out great! It is softer and more like commercial texture, and it did not fall apart at all. I waited for it to cool down completely before cutting into bars.

    • catherine

      April 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

      The rice syrup holds everything together so it is necessary! Try looking at your local health food store or Whole Foods!

  16. Ruth

    September 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Made these this weekend with my 5-yr old. We used rice bran syrup, PB, sunbutter, and organic cocoa crispies, and they turned out so yummy. Had no problem with the bars sticking together, but I made sure they were completely cooled and used a large, sharp knife. A tad on the sweet side, will probably use a little less syrup next time. And there will definitely be a next time!

  17. Lauren

    July 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I just made these today, mmmmmm mmmmmm! I think I might melt dairy free chocolate and drizzle on top for a little extra oh la la presentation! Another great and easy recipe, thanks so much Catherine :)

    • Lorenita

      February 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Brilliant AND WELL PRESENTED vidS how to make our own food. These free from the mass produced chclieams that are not good to eat long term. Thank you for these vids. I will certainly be trying to encourage my family to do what you have taught us, in your facinating vids to date. My REGARDS

  18. Gina

    June 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Try cooking the ingredients a little longer. I think it will give the sryup time to thicken and get sticky. I used a potato masher to flatten in the pan and it worked great!

  19. kathleen

    May 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    tasted really good! a little on the sweet side. rice syrup still has 22 grams sugar for 2 tbl. serving, seems like a lot to me. maybe its better for you sugar? still gonna serve to my wee one :)

  20. jodie

    March 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Do you think these would work with puffed wheat? I have a whole bag I need to use up!

    • catherine

      March 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Yes, I think it would!

  21. Carol Loftus

    March 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    add vegan chocolate chips to these! it says 1 cup on my recipe but i add a bag!!!! addicted to these treats!

  22. Jen

    February 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Made these this am for afterschool snack. My son is allergic to nuts, so I subbed in all soynut butter and added a heaping tablespoon of hot fudge to the mix. YUM! They stayed together just fine! My 2 year old keeps asking for ‘mo’………

  23. Terri

    January 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I have made these a few times since you posted them, but this time I added chia seeds. Yummy and even more nutritous! yay!

  24. Melissa

    January 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I run a dayhome and am always looking for snack ideas (and baking ones) that the kids can have that aren’t loaded with sugar. The rice syrup was a little tough to track down, but once we found it (at the health food store, but I checked at the supermarkets we go to first as I was already there) I am in heaven :) A keeper for years to come!

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  28. davidji

    May 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Laughing at myself…I used puffed millet (because I thought it would be cool), but it’s not so crispy. :p I love the flavor and will be making them again with puffed brown rice.

  29. Amy H.

    April 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    These are so good! I think that they taste better than the usual Rice Krispie treats.

  30. Beth

    March 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    My daughter is allergic to tree nuts (which includes almonds.) Can you think of something that I could use to replace the almond butter? Usually I’ve been able to think of replacements, but I’m stuck this time. I don’t want to just use more Peanut Butter because I don’t want just the PB taste. Thoughts?


    • Brenna

      January 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I wonder if coconut oil would work?

    • catherine

      March 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      You can use sunflower butter :)

      • Beth

        March 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        Thanks for the reply, but she’s allergic to sunflower seeds too. Bummer…anything else?

        • kathy

          August 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          my daughter is allergic to all nuts and seeds… we did soy butter. Can your daughter have pumpkin butter?

  31. Paul

    March 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Great website!! I am a cooking novice. I am Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, and Soy Free. When you say grease the pan, can you tell me what I can grease the pan with, given my restrictions. Thank you! Paul

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      February 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Nonihtg I could say would give you undue credit for this story.

  32. Rebecca

    February 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    TOTALLY worth tracking down the rice syrup. YUM. Might be the only remotely healthy thing on our superbowl menu!

  33. Kelly

    October 15, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Is there anything I can use besides the rice syrup. I can’t find it at our health food store.

    • catherine

      October 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      You can test it out with honey but not sure how it would hold. You really need the rice syrup for its tacky consistency :(

  34. rachmom

    October 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    What brand of cereal do you use? I’m having trouble finding it- checked at my local Trader Joe’s and a few traditional grocery stores. I haven’t looked at Whole Foods, yet, though. I’d like to find the cereal, because these look great!

    • catherine

      October 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      Its just regular brown rice crisps – just like the rice krispies kind.

      • diane gray

        October 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

        I’m also having trouble finding the brown rice cereal and the rice syrup. I’ve checked several stores. what aisle is the syrup in? I’ve looked by the pancake syrups and in the baking aisle.

        • catherine

          October 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

          Have you looked at your local health foods store?

  35. diane gray

    October 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Can I use peanut butter instead of the almond butter?
    (It cost $7 for a small jar at Walmart and they didn’t
    have the other ingredients.)

    • catherine

      October 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Yes you can :)

      • Judith

        February 4, 2014 at 2:23 am

        My favorite meal as a child was grellid cheese, because starting in late elementary school I could make it all by myself when I got home from school. Nothing tastes better than doing it yourself.

  36. Danyel

    October 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I really wanted to make these for my kids, but we didn’t have the right syrup. We have a TON of honey, so I made them that way, and popped them in the fridge. They are great, and my daughter loves them, but of course, what kid doesn’t love peanut butter and honey?!

  37. Mrs. Price

    October 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    These are awesome!!! I just made them for DH and DS. DH requested a couple for his lunch for work tomorrow!!!!! Thank you for giving us such an awesome alternative!!!!

  38. Katie

    September 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Daria- I had the same problem…still tastes good though. gonna just put a little cupful in my daughter’s lunch anyway.

  39. Tina

    September 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    My new heaven…………I had to force myself to stop eating them. :) They are so good and followed the recipe to a “T” and came out perfect. My kids loved them too.

    I’m in charge of soccer snacks next week and will be making a batch of these!

  40. Michelle

    August 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Can I make these with all sunflower butter?

    • catherine

      August 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

      Yes you can use any type of nut butter you like :)

      • Michelle

        August 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

        I just made these and ate about 4 already. They are SO good.

  41. Daria

    August 10, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I went out and bought brown rice syrup today just so I could make these (and your “O” cookies) and followed your directions exactly – they’re delicious but totally not staying together as a “bar” – they fall apart when I pick it up. Why is this not working?

    • catherine

      August 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      hmm , i wonder what happened. Are you sure your amounts are right? I make these a lot and they come out perfect each time.

      • Kelli

        October 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

        Falling apart here too… what brand rice syrup and butters do you use. I’m wondering if that could help improve. Thanks!

        • Blondy

          February 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

          Thanks for incudorting a little rationality into this debate.

        • catherine

          November 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

          Did you use organic butters? I use organic butters which do not have the extra oils that JIF and Skippy have.

  42. Yenny K

    March 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I love your recipes!!
    Can I substitute rice syrup with something else? What would you recommend, honey, agave ?

    • catherine

      May 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      There really isn’t any substitute for rice syrup because of its neutral flavor and tacky sticky consistency.

  43. Nastassia(LetMeEatCake)

    February 16, 2010 at 2:31 am

    What a great rice crispy treat alternative. I don’t have any kids to make this for but me and my bf will surely enjoy it. I’m really glad to have an alternative to the classic and not feel so terrible when i eat them. Thanks for the recipe!

  44. Sarah

    January 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I have 14 month old triplets who eat mostly homemade food. Like many moms, I am always looking for a quick and easy treat that isn’t too loaded with bad stuff. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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