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Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares (No Marshmallows)

Guys, these are just fun. period.

Your kids will love helping you make them. They’ll love helping you eat them too! (so will your husband)

Plus, you only need four ingredients.

The traditional rice crispy treat recipe is made with marshmallows, which holds them together. But we all know that marshmallows are full of processed ingredients. So I wanted to try making a healthier alternative. I don’t believe we need to give up the fun treats we remember as kids. But I definitely think we can use better ingredients to make them!

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In order to hold the chocolate rice crispy treats together, we’re using a secret ingredient: it’s Sunbutter!

If you’re not familiar with Sunbutter, it’s a nut-free alternative to peanut butter that is made with sunflower seeds. I talk a lot about it here on the blog because all of my recipes are nut-free. But if you prefer to use a nut butter (like peanut butter or almond butter) that will work in this recipe as well.

I made these chocolate rice crispy treats with my daughter. The recipe is so simple and easy for kids to help out with. We used Kellogg’s Whole Grain Brown Rice Krispies as the base for the recipe. They’re a healthier alternative to the original rice krispies because they use brown rice and less sugar. There are plenty of organic brown rice cereals out there now too! We had one at our local grocery store, but it was $9.00. And a cereal that costs $9.00 isn’t really in our grocery budget, so I was happy to find this Kellogg’s cereal as an alternative to the original.

For us, being healthy isn’t about being perfect. It’s about doing the best you can within your budget.

If you remember making rice crispy treats as a child, the process here is pretty similar. First you mix the Sunbutter (or nut butter), maple syrup, and cocoa powder together in a bowl. Then you melt it either in the microwave or in a pot on the stove.

Add all the ingredients, including Rice Krispies to a big bowl and mix it together. Then, press it firmly down on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Once they’ve had a chance to freeze, cut the squares using a knife or pizza cutter and they’re ready to eat. So easy!

This recipe was a big hit in my house. The whole family loved them! I think yours will too. They’re so simple to make and I love that the kids can join in on making them easily.

These chocolate rice crispy treats are a healthier alternative to the old recipes we remember as kids. But you’ll love the update! The Sunbutter adds a great taste without all the stickiness that marshmallows used to make. They’re great for kids and adults. If you make them once, your family will be asking for them again.

Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats


  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup Sunbutter
  • 3 cups Brown Rice Krispies cereal


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add cocoa powder, maple syrup, and Sunbutter. Mix together then heat in the microwave for 20-40 seconds (check closely so it doesn’t burn). Once melted, stir together.
  2. In a large bowl, add Rice Krispies. Pour in chocolate Sunbutter mixture and mix together until all Rice Krispies are fully covered with chocolate.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper. Add rice crispy mixture to the baking sheet, spread out, and press down firmly. Place in freezer for 1 hour. Once they’re chilled, cut with a knife or pizza cutter into squares. Serve and enjoy!
  4. The extra rice crispy treats will store best in a container in the fridge or freezer.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

Please note: This nutrition information is only an estimate and was created using Nutritionix

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Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares (No Marshmallows)

These are made with only 4 ingredients with no baking required.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12 squares


  • ½ cup honey - or maple syrup
  • 1 cup nut butter - peanut butter, almond butter or sunbutter (nut free)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups rice krispies cereal


  • Lightly grease a square baking dish.
    White baking dish and nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add honey and nut butter to a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30-60 second increments, until melted. Mix together. Carefully remove bowl from microwave (it may be hot).
    A white bowl of honey and nut butter, another bowl of mixed together ingredients with spatula.
  • Add cocoa powder and stir together until completely blended.
    Two bowls, first with nut butter and cocoa powder. Second bowl with mixed chocolate liquid and spatula.
  • Add rice krispies to a large bowl along with mleted chocolate mixture. Mix together until rice krispies are evenly coated.
    Two white bowls, first with rice krispie squares and melted chocolate sauce. Second with chocolate coated rice krispie mixture and spatula.
  • Add to square dish and press down firmly with the back of a spatula. Place in the fridge to chill and firm for 2 hours.
    Two images of white square dish. First with rice crispy treat batter dumped in. Second with batter press firmly into dish.
  • Flip the dish on to a counter top to release the rice crispy squares. Slice them into 12 squares. Serve and enjoy!
    Two images. First is block of rice crispy treat large block. Second is rice crispy treats cut into small squares and a knife.

Recipe Notes:

  • Lightly grease the baking dish before adding the ingredients. You can use nonstick cooking spray, melted butter or a tiny bit of cooking oil. This will prevent the treats from sticking to the pan. Be sure to do this with a light hand so that extra doesn’t transfer to the recipe and affect the taste.
  • Melt the nut butter and honey in the microwave in 30 second increments. It took me about 45 seconds for the consistency to be melted enough to mix. Too much heating can cook the nut butter so it’s important to keep an eye on it.
  • Use only ¼ cup of cocoa powder (no more) so that it mixes well with the rice crispies. Any extra cocoa will act as a flour base and create a “batter” consistency that won’t mix with the rice crispies.
  • This recipe needs to chill and set before slicing. You can do this in the fridge for 1-2 hours or freezer for 1 hour. Use a sharp knife to slice into desired sizes. I sliced into 12 squares.
Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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