DISCLAIMER: I can polish off a half of a pan of these Rice Krispie Treats in one sitting, so before you start reading, don’t get mad at me – you’ve been warned.
Seriously, though it makes me incredibly sad that so many children are eating “treats” full of corn syrup, artificial flavors, BHT, TBHQ, DATEM, and all kinds of additives that are linked to health issues. (1) I grew up with homemade Rice Krispie Treats – they were a staple in my mother’s kitchen. Since then, Kellogg’s came up with this processed crap that makes its way into kid’s lunches everywhere.
This ingredient list is CRAZY to me, especially since you can make similar treats at home without all that nonsense. Here’s how I make mine, but first let’s talk about the ingredients.
There are 3 basic ingredients you need to make Rice Krispies Treats: (1) butter, (2) crispy rice cereal, and (3) marshmallows. But you need to be extra careful on how you choose these ingredients…
1. Butter: Look for a pastured grass-fed butter. Here’s why – Conventional non-organic butter comes from cows fed almost entirely GMO corn and soy. The harmful pesticides used on GMOs (like glyphosate) is also being eaten by these cows too and can end up in their milk – and thereby, butter. (2) You’ll also want to stay away from margarines made with inflammatory oils like soybean oil that are most surely GMO (unless specified otherwise). They also can contain hidden trans fat additives (like mono and diglycerides), flavors, and artificial preservatives. (2)
2. Crispy Rice Cereal: Choose a certified organic brand. This is the best way to protect yourself from synthetic pesticides. (3) I like to use 365 Organic Brown Rice Crisps from Whole Foods, as it has no “flavors” added like the Kellogg’s version does.
3. Marshmallows: This is the most tricky ingredient, but very important to choose correctly because most brands are AWFUL. Unfortunately, I have (yet) to find 100% certified organic marshmallows unless you make them from scratch. So, until then, I use SmashMallow brand, which are made with organic cane sugar and no artificial colors. Did you know they dye most marshmallows with Blue 1 made from petroleum? Steer clear of Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows which are full of GMO Sugar and awful ingredients!
Here’s how to make the perfect homemade “rice krispies” treats…
And they couldn’t be easier to make…
All you do is melt 3 tablespoons of pastured butter on the stove in a saucepan. I like to use a GreenPan saucepan, so the marshmallows don’t stick. Then you toss in a bag of marshmallows and melt them all together (One of my friends made these with two bags of marshmallows and said they were great. You can use two if you’d like, but I think it would be too sugary! But now I wanna try it, LOL)
Then you’ll take it off the heat and mix in 6 cups of rice cereal…
After it’s mixed up well, you pour the mixture into a buttered baking pan and press it down well.
Here’s the printable recipe…
- 3 tablespoons pasture-raised butter
- 6 cups brown rice crisps (such as 365 brand)
- 4.5 ounces* natural marshmallows (1 package of Smashmallows Vanilla)
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter on the stove in a saucepan.
- Add 4.5 ounces of natural marshmallows to the saucepan and heat until they are melted.
- Take the pan off of the stove.
- Stir in 6 cups brown rice crisps and mix until well combined.
- Press the mixture into a buttered baking pan.
- Allow to cool. Enjoy!
**Please choose organic ingredients whenever possible.
Here’s a little comparison of the ingredients in my homemade “Rice Krispies Treats” VS. the toxic Kellogg’s brand:
Which would you rather eat?
Share this recipe with all your Rice Krispy loving friends. I’d love to never, ever, see kids eating out of those blue wrappers again.