Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats

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These Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats are easy, quick, and so delicious! A dairy free version of the classic treat that you are guaranteed to love!

Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats - Golden Barrel Recipe

 

Rice Crispy (or Krispy) Treats were a favorite of mine growing up. I’m thinking my mom made them a lot because they are so easy. No baking, only a few minutes involved, and so good! I still love them and I wanted to try making them with Golden Barrel Coconut Oil in place of the butter- it was a great idea! You will not miss the butter- promise!!

Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats

All you need is 3 simple ingredients to make these. It can’t get much easier than that! One tip I have is to make sure the pan you use is big enough. It has to hold not only all those melted marshmallows, but also all the rice crispies. I have had a mess more than once trying to make these work in a too small pan.

 

These are gooey, sweet, and the perfect combination of crispies and marshmallows. I know that might not seem like a big deal, but I have definitely had overly dry and overly marshmallowy treats. Made this way will result in ooey, gooey, soft, pillowy, sweet squares. They are perfect!

Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats

Because coconut oil replaces the butter, these are dairy free. They can also easily be made gluten free if you use gluten free rice crispy cereal. I made them with both regular and gluten free cereal and both turned out great.

 

Here is a quick step-by-step in case you’ve never made them before:

 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need- rice crispy cereal, Golden Barrel Coconut Oil, and one bag of marshmallows.

Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats

Put the coconut oil and marshmallows in a large pan and heat over medium heat. At first it will look too oily, but just keep stirring, it’s the perfect amount.

Marshmellows

Stir constantly until the mixture is completely smooth then turn off the heat.

Marshmallow Fluff

Add the rice crispies in and fold them in until completely coated.

Rice Crispys

 

Dump into the prepared pan and gently press down with a spatula or your hands. Don’t press too hard or the treats will not be soft. Let cool for about an hour.

Making Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats

You will love these Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats because they are so fast, easy, and delicious!

Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treat in Hand

Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats - Golden Barrel Recipe
Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats
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  1. Line a 9x9 square pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan, combine coconut oil and marshmallows over medium heat until completely melted. This should take 4-5 minutes and make sure to stir constantly so the bottom doesn’t burn.
  3. Once mixture is smooth, add the rice krispies and mix until evenly coated.
  4. Pour into prepare pan and let cool for about an hour. Cut into squares and serve.
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Jessica DeMay
Jessica is a self taught cook/baker from Michigan who enjoys local farmers markets, baking competitions, and kayaking with her husband. She specializes in Paleo and other desirable recipes that can be seen over on her own food blog.

68 Responses

  1. MetalMamma

    You realize Rice Krispies are already gluten free because it’s RICE.

    • Jessica DeMay

      Well, if rice was the only ingredient then yes, they would be gluten free. But there is also malt in them making them not gluten free.

  2. NO, Rice Krispies are NOT gluten free!!!!! They contain malt and malt is NOT gluten free. They used to make gluten free rice KRISPIES but they are hard to find. I don’t mean to sound harsh but having Celiac Disease it scares me that a newly diagnosed might think they are.

    • Jessica DeMay

      You are right Mandy. I’m sorry if I gave the impression that Rice Krispie’s are gluten free. Mom’s Best is the brand that makes a gluten free version that I use if they need to be gluten free. Thanks for the comment.

    • I am also gluten free (among others… 23 food intolerances)…. to make this, I use the gluten free sprouted rice crispy cereal sold at sprouts. they don’t have to be rice KRISPY brand. 😉

  3. Will they taste like coconut though? My coconut oil makes everything I bake taste like it.

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Katie! No, they don’t taste like coconut. Because this Golden Barrel Coconut Oil is refined- it takes away the strong coconut flavor. I hope you try them. 🙂

  4. Jennifer

    Is there marshmallows that are not full of corn ingredients that you know of??? Great recipe thank yoh

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Jennifer- there are some from the health food store with better ingredients, but corn is still listed on the ingredient list. There are these-https://thrivemarket.com/elyon-gluten-free-natural-vanilla-marshmallows which look like a better option. I’m sorry it’s not exactly what you’re looking for. I hope that helps though.

  5. Do you know how long these last for? I am wanting to make some ahead of time for my sons party ☺

  6. Lauren Vest

    I thought marshmallows had milk in them. I recently developed a milk sensitivity and as it gets worse I have to be more and more careful with what I eat. I was told the ‘natural flavor’ listed in the ingredients list of marshmallows is actually milk. Do you have any information about this?

    Thanks!

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Lauren- I’ve never heard that. I know they contain gelatin which makes them not vegan, but there are certain brands that are specifically dairy free if you’re that sensitive. Here is a link to some that are dairy free-https://thrivemarket.com/dandies-original-vanilla-marshmallows-vegan
      I have never tried them so I can’t say if they melt the same, but it might be worth the try. I hope that helps. Sorry I don’t have more information on that. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    • Marshmallows NEVER contain dairy.
      A marshmallow is a sugar-based confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, water and gelatin, which is whipped to a spongy consistency, molded into small cylindrical pieces, and coated with corn starch. (Some marshmallow recipes call for eggs.)

  7. You can use puffed rice and that is gluten free, and if you use dandies brand marshmallows than they’d be vegan

  8. As with the malt, Rice Krispies also contain barley- which is also not gluten free. Be sure to check for ‘hidden gluten’ ingredients when purchasing items you would assume are gluten free!

    • Jessica DeMay

      Thanks, Sherry! I didn’t see barley listed on the ingredients of my box, but you’re right- always check ingredients!

  9. How many boxes of Rice Krispies does this require?

  10. Carolyn

    Would this make enough for a class of 19 kids? Thanks!

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Carolyn- I would probably double the batch to make sure there is enough. You could make them in a 13×9 instead of 9×9, but that will make them much thinner than the picture. I hope that helps and I hope you enjoy them!

  11. Jennifer

    Hi there, I can not seem to find the Golden Barrel coconut oil in time for when I want to make these. Is there another kind that you would recommend from a regular grocery store?

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Jennifer- an unrefined version would work best if you don’t want a strong coconut flavor. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  12. I don’t know which states Aldi stores are in, but their brand of Rice Krispies (they call it “Crispy Rice”) does not contain malted barley, and the package states that they are gluten free… And less than $2 a box!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Kathy Fain

    I have Coconut Oil, but not the solidified kind (not sure how to say that, but not like Crisco). Would that work? I hope these DO taste like coconut!! : )

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Kathy- yes, that should work fine. The coconut oil gets melted anyway so it doesn’t need to be solid. You can always add some shredded coconut to add coconut flavor 🙂 I hope you love them!!

  14. Kimberly

    Tried this recipe today, and they came out great! I used unrefined coconut oil and it didn’t leave an overpowering coconut flavor, it’s pretty mild and compliments the marshmallow nicely. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Do I need to put them in the fridge to let them cool down?

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Claudia- that isn’t necessary. They will cool fully at room temperature pretty fast- in about 15 minutes. They might be a little messy to cut before that. I hope that answers your question.

  16. Amber Easum

    Aldi’s store brand – Millville Crispy Rice – is gluten free! FYI ;D

  17. Jessica l

    Delicious! Just made these! Thank you for passing along. I used trader Joe’s organic virgin coconut oil unrefined! Worked great and so yummy!

  18. I just made them with Puffed Rice from Arrowhead Mills, (it is just Puffed Whole Grain Brown Rice). it doesn’t say is is GF but my little is allergic to Gluten and dairy, but she is ok with the puffed Rice cereal. and i used the GF Trader Joes Marshmallows. so far… it does look good. I’ll try in 45 mins.

  19. So I’m going dairy free for my baby that has a dairy sensitivity, Sotheby’s coconut oil is all new to me. I assumed when you said 1/4 c coconut oil that it using the solid form? Or is it 1/4 c in liquid form? Mine wasn’t the unrefined coconut oil, the LouAna 100% pure coconut oil brand, and it doesn’t taste like coconut at all.

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Chelsea! You can measure it at room temperature- that may be liquid right now, or soft. I hope that helps and I hope you enjoy these! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  20. Oops I meant to write “so using the coconut oil is all new to me” ?

  21. Charlotte

    I have a quick question, can they be prepared in the microwave instead of stove top? (I always make the regular version, with butter, in the microwave)

  22. Jasmine J. Mullings

    I’m teaching my boys to cook foods they enjoy and we had a great time cooking and eating these treats! Thank you for posting it. Your recipe was super easy to follow.
    ❤️
    Jasmine

    • Jessica DeMay

      You’re welcome, Jasmine! I’m so happy it was a recipe your boys could help with- I love hearing that! Thanks for trying them and for the great feedback!

  23. Even though only I am lactose intolerant, the rest of my family isn’t. I made these as a treat but my family helped gobble them up!! Def a win for those who are dairy free AND those who are not!!!!!
    Yuuummmm

  24. I’m gonna try this with Flintstones fruity Peebles. ?

  25. Shoshana Mazal

    When you say ‘PAN” do you mean a frying pan or a large pot?
    Shoshana Mazal
    P.S
    If the package of marshmallows says PARVE, they are dairy free.

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Shoshana- like a large pot. Sorry that wasn’t clear. I’m not sure about the marshmallows. I know in general marshmallows are dairy free- I’m not sure what PARVE means or stands for.

  26. This looks delicious! About how many servings did you cut it in to?

  27. Well – I am Queen in my house tonight, LOL!!!
    These were a major hit. I added 1\2 tsp vanilla extract.
    Delicious!!! Thank you. Wonderful recipe.

  28. Candies be made with sugar free, dairy free, homemade marshmallows ? The kind you make with water, honey, and gelatin?

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi A.P.- I think they would work great with homemade marshmallows! They may be a little stickier, but they should taste good. I hope that helps. Enjoy!

  29. Can these be made with sugar free, dairy free, homemade marshmallows ? The kind you make with water, honey, and gelatin? *^

  30. Kellogs makes a gluten free brown rice rice crispy cereal found at local grocery stores. I love using the coconut oil instead of butter, much healthier and tastes better!!!!

  31. Chris Jacobs

    Hey Jessica, I used your recipe but decided to add some Marijuana to them and they turned out great! I just added the herbs during the marshmallow step and they ended up being quite strong!

  32. Quick question! I was messing with the servings and can’t really wrap my head around the idea that 5 cups of rice krispies and an entire bag of marshmallows yields only 4 servings. I’m planning to make these for my little guy’s birthday and want to make sure I’m preparing enough. Can you just confirm that the original recipe only makes 4 servings? Thank you in advance!!

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Brittany- I hope this isn’t too late! It makes 9 bars if you put them in a 9 inch square pan and they are quite thick. You could press them into a 13×9 and cut them into 12 as well. Definitely more than 4 servings! Hope that helps and happy birthday to your son 🙂

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