DIY Holiday Rice Crispys: Dairy Free!

Happy Holidays! As some of you may know, I have recently decided to become dairy free. I talk about all of my reasoning behind that in this post, so if you are interested in more background information, check it out!

However, one of the things I have mentioned is that the hardest part for me is the idea of giving up all of the tasty treats I use to hold so dear. One of my all time favorite treats would definitely be rice crispy treats! I have learned over the past week or so how easy it can be to substitute out traditional dairy for things like coconut milk/oil. I am a huge fan of coconut milk/oil and it has been what I have been using since going dairy free. So without further ado, let’s get to this recipe!

What You’ll Need


One of the reasons I love rice crispys so much is because they are so easy to make! When I made my treats I cut the original recipe in half and was left with the perfect amount for my husband, myself, and our two friends. I put the amount for the original recipe in italicized text and the amount I used in bold. The few ingredients you will need are below!

  • box of rice crispy cereal – 6 cups – 3 cups
  • bag of mini marshmallows – 4 cups – 2 cups
  • container of coconut oil or other dairy substitute – 3 tablespoons – 1.5 tablespoons
  • 1 cup of crushed peppermint
  • mixing bowl
  • frying pan
  • cookie sheet
  • spoon/spatula

Melting Mellows! 


The first step is going to be getting out your frying pan and putting the heat on low – no higher than 2 or 3 depending on your stove. You will then add the desired amount of marshmallows and coconut oil to the frying pan. Slowly stir everything around, allowing the marshmallows and oil to mix in together as well as gather heat.

Once the marshmallows and oil have completely combined it is time to add the rice crispys!

Crispy Time


Slowly add the rice crispys little by little. You don’t want to add it all at once because it becomes quite difficult to mix in. It is important to combine the crispys and marshmallow on the stove top because once you remove the marshmallow from the stove it begins to cool; making it very difficult to combine with the cereal!

After you have added the cereal in with the marshmallow it is time to line your cookie sheet!

Laying the Foundation


Now it is time to lay the foundation of what is going to become your rice crispy treats! Don’t choose a cookie sheet that is too thick or too thin. Look for something that fits your needs in terms of treat thickness.

Once you have the desired cookie sheet it is time to use your spoon/spatula to spread the rice crispy mix out. If this is a challenge for you, feel free to just use your hands! I had great success with this, the coconut oil left my hands nice and smooth and not sticky at all!

After the treats are laid out, it is time to sprinkle the crushed candy cane all over the top! Use as much or as little as you want to help add a fun holiday flare to this timeless dessert!

Chill Out

The last and most important step is to refrigerate your treats! This allows the marshmallows and crispy to solidify, making it easier for you to cut into little bars later on. You will want to place the cookie sheet of treats right into your fridge for about 30 minutes!

Eat Up!


When you are ready to take the treats out simply grab a sharp knife and cut your treats to the desired shape and size. And enjoy!

When it comes to storing these treats I would recommend doing so with them covered. Either in a Tupperware container, or with plastic wrap, etc.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you decided to give it a try on Instagram @mshaleyjohnson

Until Next Time!
Love & Light, H

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