Who doesn’t love a good rice krispie treat? I know they are a fairly serious weakness for me- seriously serious. Because Coco and I wind up taking so many flights during the year for her work, we can be a bit like two kids (which is to say I can be like a kid) cruising through the airport looking for Rice Krispie treats that don’t have dairy in them so we can share a treat on the plane.

And there was one trip last year where we found the holy grail of rice krispie treats (It was enormous) and it was VEGAN!!! I am mad that I can’t remember where we found it, but my best guess is that it was in Orlando, FL. We pulled it out about half way through our flight and politely shred it equally- mine with a hot cup of airplane coffee LOL! I think it’s fair to say that I have been fairly obsessed with recreating a really good vegan version since.

Cashew, Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan and gluten-free) from HeatherChristo.com

But in going plant-based this year, I really needed to hop to it, and the upcoming superbowl gave me a great opportunity to just do it. Also, I was having major cravings about a week ago when I was up in Canada. We had a very long week of moving and starting production prep and set school before shooting starts for Coco and when I get tired, there is an inevitable craving for sugar that kicks in. I can’t help it- stress equals sugar cravings for me.

So one night, when we got home, I just headed for the store! To my delight, they had vegan marshmallows!!! (The brand we used is Dandies- which also do not use corn syrup and are non-GMO=AMAZING!!!)

Cashew, Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan and gluten-free) from HeatherChristo.com

I did go ahead and mess up a good plain rice krispie treat as my kids would say- but I have no regrets- these are awesome. I had to explain that you all know about regular rice krispie treats, so I have to show you how we can spice things up a bit! But if you are in their boat, and just want a basic treat, then you know what to do (and at least I will have filled you in on the vegan marshmallows!)

But if you too, love to be EXTRA, then add some cashew butter, a handful of toasted cashews and dried cranberries to your rice kripsie treats. Then perhaps, dunk them liberally in some melted chocolate and add some more nuts. Or if you are making these for the superbowl, you could add sprinkles in your team colors?

Either way, the sweet and salty flavors (and a little bit of tart from the cranberries!) make for an addictive snack/treat that you will love. I should know- I ate the majority of a pan myself and then had to text my sister for an intervention. But I will let you see for yourself!

Cashew, Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan and gluten-free) from HeatherChristo.com

Vegan Cashew Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
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Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10-ounces vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies)
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal (rice krispies are not marked vegan)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup roasted and salted cashews
  • 6-ounces vegan chocolate
  • Coconut oil spray
Instructions
  1. ¼ cup coconut oil
  2. ¼ cup cashew butter
  3. teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. teaspoon kosher salt
  5. -ounces vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies)
  6. cups rice krispies
  7. /3 cup dried cranberries
  8. /3 cup roasted and salted cashews
  9. -ounces vegan chocolate
  10. Coconut oil spray
  11. Prepare a 9×13 pan with coconut oil.
  12. In a large pot, melt the coconut oil and cashew butter and stir in the salt and vanilla. Add the marshmallows and stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until they are melted- about 5 minutes.
  13. Add the cranberries and cashews to the rice krispies and stir really well to combine. Let the combination cool slightly.
  14. Transfer the rice krispie mixture to the prepared pan and pat down tight with a spoon or spatula.
  15. Let the rice krispie treats cool completely and set up and then slice.
  16. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and whisk until smooth. Dip the treats partially in chocolate and then place on a sheet of wax paper and sprinkle with the finely chopped cashews. Let set up.

 

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Who doesn’t love a good rice krispie treat? I know they are a fairly serious weakness for me- seriously serious. Because Coco and I wind up taking so many flights during the year for her work, we can be a bit like two kids (which is to say I can be like a kid) cruising through the airport looking for Rice Krispie treats that don’t have dairy in them so we can share a treat on the plane.

And there was one trip last year where we found the holy grail of rice krispie treats (It was enormous) and it was VEGAN!!! I am mad that I can’t remember where we found it, but my best guess is that it was in Orlando, FL. We pulled it out about half way through our flight and politely shred it equally- mine with a hot cup of airplane coffee LOL! I think it’s fair to say that I have been fairly obsessed with recreating a really good vegan version since.

Cashew, Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan and gluten-free) from HeatherChristo.com

But in going plant-based this year, I really needed to hop to it, and the upcoming superbowl gave me a great opportunity to just do it. Also, I was having major cravings about a week ago when I was up in Canada. We had a very long week of moving and starting production prep and set school before shooting starts for Coco and when I get tired, there is an inevitable craving for sugar that kicks in. I can’t help it- stress equals sugar cravings for me.

So one night, when we got home, I just headed for the store! To my delight, they had vegan marshmallows!!! (The brand we used is Dandies- which also do not use corn syrup and are non-GMO=AMAZING!!!)

Cashew, Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan and gluten-free) from HeatherChristo.com

I did go ahead and mess up a good plain rice krispie treat as my kids would say- but I have no regrets- these are awesome. I had to explain that you all know about regular rice krispie treats, so I have to show you how we can spice things up a bit! But if you are in their boat, and just want a basic treat, then you know what to do (and at least I will have filled you in on the vegan marshmallows!)

But if you too, love to be EXTRA, then add some cashew butter, a handful of toasted cashews and dried cranberries to your rice kripsie treats. Then perhaps, dunk them liberally in some melted chocolate and add some more nuts. Or if you are making these for the superbowl, you could add sprinkles in your team colors?

Either way, the sweet and salty flavors (and a little bit of tart from the cranberries!) make for an addictive snack/treat that you will love. I should know- I ate the majority of a pan myself and then had to text my sister for an intervention. But I will let you see for yourself!

Cashew, Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan and gluten-free) from HeatherChristo.com

Vegan Cashew Cranberry Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10-ounces vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies)
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal (rice krispies are not marked vegan)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup roasted and salted cashews
  • 6-ounces vegan chocolate
  • Coconut oil spray
Instructions
  1. ¼ cup coconut oil
  2. ¼ cup cashew butter
  3. teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. teaspoon kosher salt
  5. -ounces vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies)
  6. cups rice krispies
  7. /3 cup dried cranberries
  8. /3 cup roasted and salted cashews
  9. -ounces vegan chocolate
  10. Coconut oil spray
  11. Prepare a 9×13 pan with coconut oil.
  12. In a large pot, melt the coconut oil and cashew butter and stir in the salt and vanilla. Add the marshmallows and stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until they are melted- about 5 minutes.
  13. Add the cranberries and cashews to the rice krispies and stir really well to combine. Let the combination cool slightly.
  14. Transfer the rice krispie mixture to the prepared pan and pat down tight with a spoon or spatula.
  15. Let the rice krispie treats cool completely and set up and then slice.
  16. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and whisk until smooth. Dip the treats partially in chocolate and then place on a sheet of wax paper and sprinkle with the finely chopped cashews. Let set up.