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Healthier Rice Crispy Treats VIDEO

I've yet to meet a kid who doesn't love cereal. In fact I bet that it's one of the only foods that kids and adults would devour morning, noon and night. Take rice crispies for example. They are an all time classic for all ages. As a kid when my brother and I were competing for space in the grocery cart and being shuttled down the aisles (I'm sure causing nothing but trouble) the only thing we could agree on was cereal, specifically rice crispies. The same was true when it came to deciding which special treat to make when cooking with my mother. Requiring only a few ingredients, rice crispy treats were always one of our favorites.

Rice crispy treats endure, but they aren't the healthiest thing you can give your kids. Instead I created these Rice Crispy Treat Balls for my latest book Weelicious Lunches implementing a few switcheroos_ I use almond butter and rice syrup in lieu of marshmallows (which also means no GMO-laden corn syrup) and roll them into fun little single serving balls instead of big ol' bars.

Looking for a simple homemade recipe to make to make for the holidays? Watch this video to see how to make healthier rice crispy treats. This one doesn't even require cooking!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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55 comments

  • Julie Jeffery

    What could I substitute to make these peanut butter free? As that is banned in my daughters school.

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    • Sheila Rasmussen

      Be careful with sunbutter. My peanut/nut allergic son ate a whole jar of this and when I began my second he had a reaction to that and is now allergic to sunflowers!

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    • Catherine McCord

      You could use all almond butter or use sunflower or any other seed butter!

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    • Ludicrous Mama

      Or soy butter. WOWbutter, IM Healthy, and there's another brand out there... also Sneaky Chef makes a yellow lentil butter.

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  • HeatherChristo

    thank you Catherine McCord. Since rice krispie treats seems to be one of the only things Pia isn't allergic too we are really into them- what a great alternative.

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  • Lori B.

    As a parent of a nut allergy kid (yeah it sucks) I recently found that Sunbutter (sunflower seeds) are an excellent substitution for peanut butter. I even use sunflower seeds instead of walnuts/pinenuts in pesto. Overall, the whole family prefers it to Almond butter and other nut free butters.

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  • Jennifer J.

    THANKS for this idea! I love sneaking protein into my kids! :) I am also going to try this with Sunflower Butter instead of Peanut Butter, since that is banned at school. I wonder if these would be good with Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Oh wow that would be amazing!

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  • Steph

    I didnt catch how much rice krispies were used?

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    • Catherine McCord

      The written recipe is in my cookbook Weelicious Lunches! Check it out in there! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/0062078453 (Use about 3 to 3 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal!)

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  • Kelly

    Hi, this is so great! If you don;t have the rice syrup…..Which I will totally buy! Can you skip it or will it all fall apart?
    Thank you!

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    • Catherine McCord

      They'll fall apart without the rice syrup!

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  • Jenni

    I cannot wait to try these with my girls. They will love them in their school lunches. Thanks!

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  • Mag

    looks great! how much rice krispies?

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  • Christina Curtin

    Did I miss the part on how much cereal to use? I've watched it 3 times but still haven't found it.

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    • Catherine McCord

      This video accompanies a recipe in my cookbook Weelicious Lunches so the written version is in there! ;) http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/0062078453 (Use about 3 to 3 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal!)

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  • Soccy

    Can I sub honey for the rice syrup? Or will that be too sticky?
    Thanks

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    • Catherine McCord

      Honey is too sticky and doesn't set up like the rice syrup does!

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  • Heather

    Looks great - thanks! One suggestion for the video recipes -- can you also write-out the recipe too so we can just print out a recipe card? Thanks much!

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    • Catherine McCord

      The videos usually have the written recipe linked to them. This one, as I say in the video and in the blog post, is in my newest cookbook Weelicious Lunches! So you need to get that for the written recipe! ;) http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/0062078453 (Use about 3 to 3 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal!)

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  • Jessica

    What kind of Rice Krispies are you using? The regular ones have BHT in them. Which I try to avoid.

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    • Catherine McCord

      Trader Joe's! BHT free!

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  • Nancy A.

    These look much better than the regular ones. I will definitely make these and no one will probably know the difference. Chloe is adorable!!!

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    • Viraj

      I'm so glad I found my sootuiln online.

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  • Jenni

    Can you use agave syrup instead of rice syrup?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Unfortunately, no. The agave won't set up like the rice syrup does to hold everything together.

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  • Barbara Barbara Bakes

    Adorable little helper. Sounds like a perfect way to eat better.

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  • Caroline Ward

    loved this post on the balls! SO easy and healthy! thank you !

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  • Pam Steadman

    Where do you buy rice syrup?

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    • Catherine McCord

      I buy it from my local health food store!

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  • Ora

    I've said it before and I'll say it again....I love it when you cook with your children! Pam Steadman (below), you can buy brown rice syrup at a food co-op, health food store, or nowadays at nearly any grocery store. Lundberg makes a good one.

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  • Carmen

    I like to use brown rice crispies by Barbara's. Yum!

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  • Alicia

    I love your recipes but rarely watch them (hello nosy toddler!). I'd love to be able to read the directions and watch when I can.

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  • Susan

    We have a corn allergy in our family so I am sooo happy to have a corn-syrup free version of these! Thank you!

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  • Kathy Panini Happy

    I love Chloe. :-) These sound fantastic, coming soon to our lunch bento!

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  • Kim Beaulieu

    Oh my gosh, the video is so cute. Your daughter's giggle just cracked me up, she's so adorable. I wish I'd had your book when my hooligans were small. You really make lunches so much fun Catherine. I'm adding rice syrup to my grocery list, but I may need to hit the city for it. Our small town is not too hip when it comes to ingredients. I call it the culinary black hole.

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  • Sandy Bakke

    How many cups of Rice Krispie cereal does this recipe call for? Sounds like a great alternative to the usual recipe using marshmallows.

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    • Sandy Bakke

      Never mind my question! I just scrolled down and read through the comments and found the answer - 3 to 3 1/2 cups. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Sarah

    While the flavor is good, there isn't any \"crisp\" to these. I've tried two batches, both on the chewy but no crisp at all side. Should these have a chewy not crispy texture?

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    • Catherine McCord

      They are definitely chewy! You get a little crisp from the rice cereal. The texture is pretty similar, maybe a bit softer, to rice krispie treats!

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  • Dagmara

    Just made them with my kids and they are great...really delicious...thank you :)

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  • Kate

    You two are the cutest! I think my munchkins would really dig these although I can see them following Chloe's lead and chowing down before I get to turn them into any sort of shape.

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  • Caroline

    Hi, I tried to roll these into balls, but they fell apart. Did I not cook it long enough? They taste great though!

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  • Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Figsinmybelly

    […] this vegan pudding is not as cute-looking as rice crispy treat balls or banana dog bites, the rich, creamy taste makes up for it. I added peanut butter to the recipe […]

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  • Bec

    Hi from Australia :) Just made these late last night as we are having a playdate today so I thought the kids would like them. I of course had to taste test them....YUM! I had to make a couple of variations though as my local health food store and grocery store was out of rice syrup. So I used Coconut syrup and I used cashew butter instead of almond butter. I high recommend trying them with coconut syrup ! I also pushed them into fun shaped ice cube trays (the Ikea ones) so they will be fun shapes for the kids too. Thanks :)

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  • Susan

    Made these today to use as the \"rice\" in \"sushi\" for Chinese New Year! They were fabulous. My 3 year old and I put gummy fish on top and wrapped with natural fruit strips...far from the healthiest combination to put on these yummy treats, but it was fun for the kids and now I have a wonderful rice crispie treat for future use without the nasty gummy fish!

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  • Aslan

    Superbly ilmnilnatiug data here, thanks!

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  • Denise

    IS THERE IS VERSION THAT IS NUT FREE ? NO NUTS ARE ALLOWED IN MY KIDS LUNCHES THANKS!

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  • Pauline

    I'm going to make these for my grandbaby girl. I'd like to find where you can copy the recipe?

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  • Erin

    Thanks!

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  • Lynn

    These look so easy & good, plus it looks like all the ingredients are gluten free, Several of my family members need to follow a GF diet, so I'm eager to make these for the next family event.

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  • Sonja

    These taste great but doing some research I am worried about using the rice syrup as they may not be healthy. http://authoritynutrition.com/brown-rice-syrup-good-or-bad/ . Someone mentioned using coconut syrup so I might try that instead. Too bad as they taste great and my son likes them. Almost a hit.

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  • Debra McMurray

    can i switch rice crispy with bran flakes,,add walnuts ,cranberry ?

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    • McCord

      That should work out just fine! Let me know if you make those changes and how it comes out!

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