Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats

Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats

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I know I had promised that I would not post recipes with processed ingredients. But coconut oil Rice Krispie treats are such a classic (and really one of my favorites!) that I just had to share it. I did change it up a little bit, to get rid of the butter and to make them gooier (is that even a word?!?). I’ve had many a dry Rice Krispie treats in my old days, and I like them really gooey. Basically, your fingers should be a mess after you eat them. This particular recipe uses the Christmas themed Rice Krispies, which can be really hard to find as the holidays approach. My advice on this is that if you see them in the store, even if it’s October, pick them up just in case. For those unfamiliar with homemade Rice Krispie treats, there are only 3 ingredients. They come together in less than 10 minutes, and if you use the plain colored Rice Krispies, you can customize them for whatever holiday you want with different sprinkles, frostings, etc. You can also use cookie cutters and cut out different shapes like Christmas trees for Christmas or footballs for the super bowl!

How do you make Rice Krispie Treats?


Simple! Just melt butter (or another butter substitute like coconut oil) and a bag of marshmallows in a pan over low-medium heat until the marshmallows are melted and everything is blended together. Dump in the Rice Krispies and mix until everything is coated. Scrape out into a 9″x13″ pan, lightly press down into the pan, decorate if desired, and allow them to set!

Why are my rice Krispie treats hard?

If your Rice Krispie treats are hard, then you have too much cereal and not enough marshmallows and butter (or butter substitute). Another reason is that your marshmallows might be too old. Also, Rice Krispie treats could lose their softness in time if they aren’t stored properly. I store mine in a Ziploc bag, and haven’t had any issues!

How Long Will Rice Krispie Treats last?


I’ve eaten mine up to 5 days after they were made, and they were fine. If you aren’t able to finish them within that time, they also freeze really well.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. Using a sandwich baggie over your hand, grease a 13″ x 9″ pan with a little bit of coconut oil. Set aside.

Greasing a 13 by 9 inch pan using a sandwich baggie on my hand, dipped in solid coconut oil.

Step 2. In a large saucepan, add coconut oil and mini marshmallows. Melt over low-medium heat. Cook until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Melting the marshmallows and coconut oil in a large pot.

Step 3. Add in Rice Krispies and stir until coated.

Mixing the rice krispies into the marshmallow mixture in a large pot.

Step 4. Scoop coated Rice Krispies into greased 13″ x 9″ pan. Using a coconut oil greased sandwich baggie over your hand, evenly press (lightly!) Rice Krispies into pan. If desired, garnish with sprinkles and press lightly to adhere them.

Pressing the rice krispie and marshmallow mixture into the pan with a sandwich baggie covered hand.

Step 5. Cut rice krispie treats while still warm and serve. Enjoy!

A close up of a coconut oil rice Krispie treat to show the gooey and chewy texture.

Tips for Success

  • To make clean up easier, it’s best to use a non-stick pan and to melt the coconut oil first before adding in the marshmallows.
  • To avoid burning the marshmallows, keep the heat at low-medium. I generally set mine around 3-3.5/10.
  • I’ve found that using mini marshmallows allows for more even melting due to the increased surface area. If using larger marshmallows, you can try cutting them up into smaller pieces.
  • After mixing together the rice krispies and the melted marshmallow, you’ll want to quickly transfer it to the greased 13″ x 9″ pan. As they cool, they get harder to work with.
  • It’s easiest to cut the rice krispie treats when they are warm.
  • For “chunkier” treats with chunks of marshmallow, don’t melt the marshmallows all the way before mixing together with the rice krispies.
  • Make sure you use a deep pot. If you use a shallow pan, you risk the rice krispies flying everywhere over the side as you mix them into the melted marshmallow.

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Two rice Krispie treats sit on a plate. In the background is the pan of rice Krispie treats, a tea towel, and a fake sprig of evergreen.

Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats

These coconut oil Rice Krispie treats can be made in less than 10 minutes, contain only 3 ingredients, and can be customized for any occasion!
4.8 from 12 votes
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Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, rice krispie treats recipe
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 162kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, solid
  • 1 10-10.5 oz package of mini marshmallows
  • 5 1/2 cups rice krispies

Instructions

  • Using a sandwich baggie over your hand, grease a 13" x 9" pan with a little bit of coconut oil. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, add coconut oil and mini marshmallows. Melt over low-medium heat. Cook until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Add in rice krispies and stir until coated.
  • Scoop coated Rice krispies into greased 13" x 9" pan. Using a coconut oil greased sandwich baggie over your hand, evenly press (lightly!) Rice krisipies into pan. If desired, garnish with sprinkles and press lightly to adhere them.
  • Cut rice krispie treats while still warm and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

Vegan option: Use Dandies brand marshmallows and any vegan compliant rice cereal.
Gluten-free option: Use a gluten-free marshmallow, like Dandies brand and a gluten-free rice cereal.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats
Amount Per Serving (1 treat)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.7g7%
Saturated Fat 4.3g27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 79.5mg3%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 29.4g10%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 16.5g18%
Protein 1.6g3%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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11 thoughts on “Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats”

  • 5 stars
    Well, you learn something new every day! I’ve a;ways heard of rice crispy treats but never actually looked into how they were made. This is a fab idea for a party of any kind. I will definitely save this recipe and pin to my sweet treats board. I wonder though, do they come away clean when cut? OR does the gooeyness of the marshmallow come away with it? I guess I will have to try it to find out, haven’t I?
    Thanks for sharing such a simple recipe that was evading me all these years!

    • I know right?! My mind was blown when I learned how to make these. I was like this is it?!! They’re so easy! And they’re not involved like a cookie recipe, so if you are craving something sweet, it’ easy to whip up a batch. Yes, they should come away clean when cut. My recommendation would be to use a metal cookie cutter, and grease it with a little bit of coconut oil. Let me know how you like it, and share your pictures on my instagram, pinterest, or twitter! I’d love to see how you cut and decorate them! 🙂

  • 5 stars
    These are such a pain to make, lol! They are super easy but so sticky. They are delicious, which is why I can’t stop making them. Ha!

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