My Rice Krispies Say “Gluten Free”

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When I was first diagnosed with celiac, I initially assumed that Rice Krispies would be gluten free.  I quickly learned (thankfully) that they are not.  It seemed to me that Rice Krispies could be easily made gluten free, being that their main ingredient is rice, not wheat.

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Fortunately, the folks at Kellogg’s have figured this out too, and have just released a gluten-free version of their beloved Rice Krispies.  They still make regular, glutenous Rice Krispies, so make sure that you pick up the “Snap, Crackle, Pop” box that says “Gluten Free” on the front.

Kellogg’s nicely sent me a complimentary box of the new Rice Krispies to sample so of course, I skipped right over the bowl of cereal and began making Rice Krispies Treats.  On the Rice Krispies website, they have recipes to try.  If you’re going for the traditional treats that we grew up with, just make sure that the marshmallows you’re using are gluten free.

I was inspired by some treats I’d seen on one of my favorite blogs, Eat, Live, Run as the ingredient combination seemed to good to be true.

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  • Peanut butter…check
  • Honey…check
  • Nutella…check

I just couldn’t resist!

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It had been so long since I made or ate Rice Krispies treats so I had forgotten that you don’t even turn on an oven when you make them AND you don’t have to break out the Kitchen Aid either.  This simple recipe gets a bit sticky but requires very little labor and prep time.  An easy treat to bring to a summer picnic or pot luck dinner!

Peanut Butter Crispy Treat Nutella Sandwiches, from Eat, Live, Run

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural, creamy)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup, plus ½ cup of Nutella
  • 5 cups gluten-free Rice Krispies or other GF brown rice cereal
  • Cooking spray

Combine PB, honey and 1/3 cup of nutella in microwave safe bowl.  Mix and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir and heat for another 20 seconds if still not melted.  Add Rice Krispies to the mixture, 1 cup at a time.   (You’ll think it’s too much Rice Krispies but it will work.)

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Spray a large pyrex or casserole dish with cooking spray and add your yummy mixture.  Cover and put in the fridge to chill, for at least 45 minutes.  (The longer you have, the better.)

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*At this point in the process, you could cut up your treats and enjoy them, just like this.  Or you can add the next steps for even more chocolately goodness.

Cut treats into 2 x 2 inch pieces and cover half of them with Nutella.  (I found that I needed more than ½ cup, but maybe I was just generous.)  Top with the other pieces and serve.

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The gluten-free version of Rice Krispies tastes exactly the same to me as the ones from my gluten-eating days.  The GF krispies hit shelves last week, and are selling for the same price as regular Rice Krispies so pick up a box when you see them.

What do your Rice Krispies say to you?

  1. Becca Gater says:

    How necessary is the Nutella do you think? While my daughter and I love it… My boys are also dairy free :( These look super yummy. And… there is a semi-mass produced GF snack bar (that will remain nameless) that could be easily replaced by these for my 3 year old! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  2. Betsy says:

    Hi Becca,
    I think you could definitely omit the Nutella and just use more PB which would give you a yummy peanut buttery treat. You could also experiment with dairy free chocolate chips and melt them in the mixture, as a substitute for the Nutella. Let me know how it goes!

  3. Miller says:

    Oh wow! Good to know! I will definitely be making these this summer! And I also like Eat, Live, Run:)

  4. Chili T. says:

    COME TO MAMA! and I love how the new GF rice krispies are made with brown rice!

  5. Hafsa says:

    YUM!
    i didnt know that .. GF RiceKz and made from brown rice! I want some now .. but there not available in UK.. I havent seen them around :(

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