Rice Krispie Treats {gluten free & dairy free option}

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The BEST Rice Krispie Treats recipe you’ll find, with the perfect combination of butter, marshmallows, and vanilla. Options for gluten free rice krispie treats and dairy free rice krispie treats.

Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make and every kid loves them. Heck, every adult loves them! The buttery marshmallow goodness is just too good to pass up, especially when they are homemade.

We have tested and modified this recipe at least a dozen times to develop the BEST Rice Krispie Treats recipe – with the perfect ratio of butter, marshmallows, and vanilla.

The cooking method is just as important as the ingredients themselves, so be sure to read and follow the instructions. They aren’t complicated in any way, but might be slightly different than how you have made them in the past.

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Because this is a gluten free blog, you might be asking…

Are Rice Krispies gluten free?

The answer is NO. Kelloggs Rice Krispies are not gluten free because they contain malt, which (more specifically) is barley malt. Because gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, all three of those items must be completely avoided when you are on a gluten free diet. 

We have found that some alternatives to Rice Krispies are not as good as others, especially the texture. But there are some great options! Here is a list of our favorite gluten free crispy rice cereals:

  • Malt-O-Meal. This is labeled gluten free, but not certified gluten free. My husband has EOE and has not had any reactions (we eat it all the time), but please consult the label and do what you feel is best for your individual health. We like this option because we can buy a big bag at Walmart and it is inexpensive.
  • Back to Nature Sprout and Shine crispy rice cereal. This is a safe gluten free crispy rice cereal option. It is certified gluten free and made with sprouted brown rice (healthier, too!). The price tag is steeper, but might well be worth it if you need to avoid any chance of cross-contamination. We have bought this kind at Smith’s (Kroger) and online.
  • Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal is a certified gluten free option. We have found it at our local natural grocery store (Good Earth), and you can also purchase on Amazon. 

Do you have a favorite gluten free crispy rice cereal we haven’t mentioned? Share in the comments below!

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Now on to the important part:

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats

First, gather and measure ingredients. Keep the extra marshmallows separate, you’ll be adding them in at the end and will want to have them handy.This recipe comes together quickly so you’ll want to have everything ready. 

Lightly grease your pan. I really like the brand Good Cook and almost always use their 9 x 13″ pan and wooden spoon for this recipe. I linked to both in the recipe card below if you’re interested in ordering either from Amazon.

How to Make the BEST Rice Krispie Treats Step 1: Melt butter and marshmallows


Melt butter and marshmallows together. Stir with a sturdy spoon (I love the wooden spoon from Good Cook featured in the photo above) until everything is melted and smooth.


How to Make the BEST Rice Krispie Treats Step 2: Add extra marshmallows and rice krispies and stir

Remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla and extra marshmallows. Because the mixture is now starting to cool off, these marshmallows won’t melt completely, leaving small pieces of soft marshmallows throughout your rice krispie treats. This step really takes the recipe up a notch!

Add crispy rice cereal (see notes on that above or in the recipe card). Go ahead and dump it all in, then stir with a sturdy spoon until it’s thoroughly combined.

How to Make the BEST Rice Krispie Treats Step 3: gently pat into a pan and eat!

Spread into prepared pan, pressing down gently. Don’t pack it in, you want these bars to be nice and gooey and light.

Rice Krispie Treats can be enjoyed right away, but they will be easier to cut if you allow them a few minutes to cool.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.

This rice krispie treats recipe is so easy, there really isn’t a way to mess it up. But let me tell you that adding the extra marshmallows in the end makes allllll the difference!

Can I Use This Recipe to Make Dairy Free Rice Krispie Treats?

YES! All you need to do is swap the butter for your favorite dairy free sub. I recommend using spectrum shortening or a stick variety, as anything softer won’t set the same.

Enjoy these gluten free dairy free Rice Krispie treats!

More Amazing Gluten Free Dessert Recipes:

The Best Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies  from My Gluten-Free Kitchen – we make these all the time!

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats– perfect for pot lucks or get-togethers!

Easy Cake Mix Gluten Free Pistachio Cake

Flourless Tahini Brownies

The BEST Rice Krispie Treats

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Rice Krispie Treats

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The BEST Rice Krispie Treats recipe you'll find, with the perfect combination of butter, marshmallows, and vanilla. Options for gluten free rice krispie treats and dairy free rice krispie treats.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  1. Lightly grease a 9x13" pan. A short spritz of cooking spray or a quick brushing of butter will do.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter and 15 oz marshmallows over medium heat. Stir frequently until everything is melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in vanilla and 1 cup marshmallows, then add gluten free crispy rice cereal until evenly combined.
  4. Spread mixture into prepared pan, patting down gently with a lightly greased spatula.
  5. Let sit for 20 minutes to make it easier to cut. Store any leftovers wrapped in plastic wrap, or in an airtight container.


  • For dairy free, use an alternative in stick form.
  • While any old vanilla will do, real vanilla tastes better than imitation vanilla and Mexican vanilla is always best. We have linked to our favorite Mexican vanilla below if you would like to check it out.
  • See the blog post for gluten free alternatives to Rice Krispies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

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  • Reply
    May 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    We like making “rice krispy treats” with gently crushed Corn Chex.
    Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Reply
      May 19, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Ooh, great idea Michelle!! Hope you love the recipe. -Celeste

  • Reply
    June 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Are Corn Chex gluten free?

    • Reply
      June 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Yes, just make sure you get the Chex brand and/or look for a gluten free statement on the box.

  • Reply
    July 2, 2019 at 2:26 am

    This makes me miss rice krispies so badly! We just don’t get them here. Puffed rice just doesn’t quite compare.

    • Reply
      July 2, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      No it doesn’t! Where are you at? Can you order from Amazon?

      • Reply
        October 24, 2019 at 8:03 pm

        Can they be ordered from Amazon ?

  • Reply
    July 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    In Canada, Kellogg’s actually sells a GF Rice Krispies! Looking forward to trying squares again. It’s been a long time.

    • Reply
      July 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

      Oh that’s amazing! Enjoy!! -Celeste

  • Reply
    January 13, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Aldi brand Rice Krispies are gluten free and a great value.

    • Reply
      January 29, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Thanks for the tip Wendy!

  • Reply
    August 30, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I make these with cocoa pebbles which are gluten free. Krispy treats and chocolate it is a crowd pleaser in this house!

    • Reply
      August 30, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Yum, great idea!

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