Vegan Rice Crispy Treats with Dandies

We are major fans of vegan Rice Crispy Treats in our house. Not only are they delicious they also make a great classroom treat for the seemingly endless parties my son has at school. Since vegan rice crispy treats are dairy, egg and gluten free everyone in my son’s class can enjoy these goodies. When Dandies reached out to me to ask if I would like a few sample bags of their vegan marshmallows I was thrilled and Trey was jumping up and down with joy.

Vegan Rice Crispy TreatsDandies are our go to marshmallow brand. Dandies are the first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market. They are completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup. The products are produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. Dandies marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, 100% vegan, and certified kosher. I really appreciate Dandies care in making an allergen friendly food since many of Trey’s classmates have nut and gluten allergies. We can find them at our local Whole Foods. I have also ordered Dandies online at Amazon and Thrive Market.

vegan rice crispy treats

Dandies offers both mini and full sized marshmallows. I use the mini marshmallows to make vegan rice crispy treats and my S’Mores cookies. We used the full sized marshmallows several times this summer to make s’mores over fire pits. They worked beautifully and Trey was thrilled to roast marshmallows with his friends.

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

I made two versions of vegan rice crispy treats with my Dandies samples. The first is made with my standard recipe, but I topped them with decorative sugar and sprinkles. The decorative sugar gives great texture and color, while the sprinkles add a variety of colors. These are Trey’s favorites and the ones I most often bring to his class for parties. Be sure to add the decorative sugars and sprinkles to the top before you cool the treats, otherwise they won’t stick.  **UPDATE – a kind reader, Paula, asked me about confectioners glaze in sprinkles. I had no idea confectioners glaze is usually not vegan. With that information I’ll be using Let’s Do Organics Sprinkles which are vegan. Thanks for the heads up Paula**

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

The second variety is a chocolatey version that I made for my husband. He is a chocolate lover so plain vanilla rice crispies don’t do much for him. In this version I mixed in crumbled Brownie Crisps from Trader Joe’s. Any chocolate cookie broken into crumbs would work here. I have used Trader Joe’s and Newman’s Own chocolate sandwich cookies and they were delicious. We used the mint variety at Christmas and added crumbled candy cane on top. Those were a big hit! On top of the crispy treats I added more cookie crumbles and melted chocolate drizzle. These are a richer and more decadent rice crispy treat.

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Either version would make a perfect Valentine’s treat for a classroom party,an office party or for your significant other. You will see in my recipes below that I use a slightly lower amount of rice cereal than some other recipes. I love to have soft marshmallowy treats. If you prefer a firmer rice crispy just add 1/2 – 1 cup of additional rice cereal. I most often use Trader Joe’s Rice Cereal or Whole Foods brand.

Vegan Rice Crispy TreatsWhat are your favorite vegan classroom or office treats?

Colorful Vegan Rice Crispy Treats
 
Classic vegan rice crispy treats made more colorful and fun with sprinkles and decorative sugar.
Ingredients
  • 1 10 oz bag of Vegan Marshmallows
  • 3 TB Vegan Butter (homemade or Earth Balance)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Crisp Rice Cereal
  • 2 TB decorative sugar and/or sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8x8 pan and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat melt the vegan marshmallows and vegan butter in a large saucepan. Once the marshmallows and butter are fully melted and fluffy (this can take 5+ minutes depending on your stove) stir in the vanilla. Quickly stir in the rice cereal and mix with a spatula until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into greased pan. Once the mixture is pressed into the pan fairly evenly top with sprinkles and sugar. Press toppings gently into the mixture to ensure they stick.
  4. Cool pan at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Slice and serve once cool.

Chocolate Vegan Rice Crispy Treats
 
Classic vegan rice crispy treats made decadent with chocolate cookie crumbles and a chocolate drizzle.
Ingredients
  • 1 10 oz bag of Vegan Marshmallows
  • 3 TB Vegan Butter (homemade or Earth Balance)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Crisp Rice Cereal
  • ½ cup Vegan Chocolate Cookies, crumbled - plus more for topping
  • ¼ cup vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8x8 pan and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat melt the vegan marshmallows and vegan butter in a large saucepan. Once the marshmallows and butter are fully melted and fluffy (this can take 5+ minutes depending on your stove) stir in the vanilla. Quickly stir in the rice cereal and chocolate cookies. Mix with a spatula until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into greased pan. Once the mixture is pressed into the pan fairly evenly top with additional cookie crumbs. Press crumbs gently into the mixture to ensure they stick.
  4. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil over a double boiler or in the microwave. Once melted drizzle the chocolate mixture over pan of rice crispy treats.
  5. Cool pan in the refrigerator. Slice and serve once the treats are cool and the chocolate drizzle has firmed up.

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