Easy Dairy-Free Rice Crispy Treats


Basic dairy-free rice crispy treats really are easy. They require just a simple ingredient swap for spot on results. The photo below was shared with us by Toonie Moonie, the makers of the first Certified Organic Marshmallow Creme.  They used to make quite a few flavors, but those have been discontinued. Fortunately, their classic marshmallow creme lives on.

The recipe below includes options for using marshmallows or marshmallow creme. Just be sure to pick a brand that works best for your dietary needs. And if you are gluten-free, look for rice crispy cereal that is certified gluten-free.

Dairy-Free Rice Crispy Treats Recipe with Marshmallows or Marshmallow Creme, tips, vegan and gluten-free options

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Rice Crispy Treats

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and optionally soy-free.

For vegan rice crispy treats, you can substitute vegan marshmallows. They aren’t spot on, but do work.

Easy Dairy-Free Rice Crispy Treats
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There's no need for dairy in basic rice crispy treats. Everyone loves these!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 servings
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or dairy-free buttery spread (see note below)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package marshmallows or 1 (7-ounce) container marshmallow crème
  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  1. Grease or line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil or buttery spread in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows or marshmallow creme and stir until the mixture is completely melted. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the cereal and stir until well combined. Work quickly as the mixture starts to set up as it cools.
  4. Scrape the mixture into your prepared baking dish and use a piece of wax or parchment paper to firmly and evenly press it in.
  5. Let cool before cutting it into 2-inch squares.
Oil / Buttery Spread Note: If using buttery spread, these are best eaten on the same day. The moisture from the spread can cause these treats to go stale more quickly. For longer storage, use the coconut oil.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I had better luck when I added 4T of Earth Balance. I only did 3 T on the first batch and it was a solid mess. The extra Tablespoon made it possible to mix in the cereal. I made a bunch of batches and found that to work. I also put holiday sprinkles on top! Thanks!

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