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Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats

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When you sink your teeth into these homemade Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats, you will feel like you are in food heaven. They are perfectly sweet and gooey, great for fall, and so easy to make!

top view of vegan rice krispie pumpkin treats with pumpkin spice on a white platter

There are so many amazing things I love about fall! Cooler weather, changing leaves, and of course, all things pumpkin!

I often make Rice Krispie treats for my kids – but since my favorite time of year is coming up, I thought I’d combine a childhood favorite with pumpkin spice to make some tasty treats! They turned out amazing, and I know you’ll love this special treat too. The explosion of flavors you get is out of this world. I seriously can’t wait for you to taste this combination. They are the perfect size for kids and adults!

It was so easy to make this easy rice krispie pumpkin treats recipe a vegan-friendly, low sugar dessert. Use some vegan butter & vegan mini marshmallows and you are all set! Vegan marshmallows melt slightly differently than regular, but I actually think they turn out to be gooier and give these treats an amazing texture!

These are easy treats to make for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving parties or other fall festivities!

👩‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and Easy Fall Dessert
  • Perfect for Pumpkin Season
  • Simple Pantry Ingredients
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Gluten-Free
  • Fun Halloween Treats, great for school parties
  • Easy Halloween Party Dessert
  • Natural Orange Color (no artificial food coloring)

🥘 Ingredients

vegan rice krispie pumpkin treats ingredients
  • Vegan Marshmallows: While you can make your own vegan marshmallows at home, that takes extra time I don’t typically have! For an awesome ready-made vegan marshmallow, I love Dandies. All natural and tastes amazing! Dandies also comes out with seasonal flavors, so if you can find it, try using their pumpkin spice marshmallows in this easy recipe!
  • Butter: You can use your favorite vegan butter brand (I like Miyoko’s Classic Fresh Organic Vegan Butter or Calafia Farms’ Vegan Butter), or organic coconut oil would work equally well!
  • Brown Rice Crisps: Tastes the same as regular rice krispie cereal but are less processed! I like this Brown Rice Krispie Cereal.

🍽 Equipment

📖 Variations

Halloween rice krispie treats: Turn these rice krispie treat pumpkins into a jack-o-lantern with a few simple steps. and you can easily cut them into a pumpkin shape to create cute little pumpkins with a jack-o-lantern face.

  1. Use a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut the rice krispie treats into a pumpkin shape.
  2. Turn them into cute little pumpkins by adding stems and little faces! Use tootsie rolls, candy corn, m&m candies, or frosting! For example, take a few tootsie rolls (not vegan) and roll them into small balls in your hands until they are warm and pliable. Use a portion of the tootsie roll to make the face, three small triangles for the eyes, and a long piece for the mouth. Another option is to use brown or green m&m pieces to use as the eyes and nose instead (note that these are not vegan).
  3. Use a thin pretzel stick to place at the top of each pumpkin for the stem.

Other toppings: Using a piping bag, try drizzling a little bit of milk, dark, or white chocolate over the top of these pumpkin spice rice krispie treats! You could also use caramel sauce, or peanut butter!

🔪 Instructions

Step 1: Spread your pumpkin purée between a few sheets of paper towels. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. This will remove the majority of the moisture.

pumpkin puree blotted between paper towels

Step 2: In a large saucepan, melt butter or coconut oil over low heat. Once the butter/coconut oil is melted, add in your marshmallows and increase to medium heat. Continue to stir the marshmallows until they are melted and incorporated into the vegan butter/coconut oil.

marshmallows cooking in a pot with butter

Step 3: Once the marshmallows are completely melted, add in the pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Mix well.

spices added to marshmallow mixture in a pot

Step 4: Add in the Brown Rice Krispie cereal. Mix well.

rice krispies added to pot with butter and marshmallows

Step 5: Once everything is incorporated, transfer the cereal treat mixture from the pot to a greased, 13×9 prepared pan.

rice krispie mixture added to pan

Step 6: Using parchment paper on top of the treats, press to flatten. Allow the treats to cool (approximately 1 hour). Once cooled, cut into squares, and serve!

vegan rice krispie treats with pumpkin spice on a white platter

❓Recipe FAQs

Are Vegan Rice Krispie Treats Healthy?

The answer is – it depends! Some rice krispie treat recipes are packed with butter and sugar, making them a dessert versus a healthy treat.

But this pumpkin rice krispie treats recipe is a little healthier for you thanks to a few things:
1) Less Sugar: These vegan rice krispie treats have only about 7 grams of sugar for a huge square!
2) Vitamins and Minerals: There is a very impressive amount of vitamin A in pumpkin, along with vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and more. 
3) Healthy Fats: Both coconut oil and vegan butter are healthy fats that are good for you.

Will Kids Enjoy This Recipe?

Kids will go wild for these pumpkin pie rice krispie treats. The only thing that is different from the basic rice krispie treat recipe is that these are made with vegan marshmallows, but they won’t be able to tell the difference. Plus, you can feel great about letting them eat this sweet treat because they don’t have any gelatin or high fructose corn syrup.

How Long Does It Take For Rice Krispie Treats to Set?

It’s best to let these pumpkin rice crispy treats cool all the way before cutting, and that normally takes around an hour. Giving them time to cool properly will allow the butter or coconut oil time to set back up. If you cut them too early, they may fall apart. They still taste good when they have fallen apart, but won’t be as appealing to guests. 

How Do You Cut Rice Krispie Treats Neatly?

I know that cutting these rice krispie treats can be a mess if you don’t do it right, so I wanted to give a couple tips. For best results, use a knife or pizza cutter. Add some cooking spray to it. This will keep the crunchy treats from sticking to the knife. You may need to spray the knife more than once (or in between each cut).

How Do You Store And Keep these Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats?

Store these crispy treats in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for about 3-4 days.

top view of vegan rice krispie pumpkin treats with pumpkin spice on a white platter

💭 Expert Tips

  • Don’t heat the butter and marshmallows too quickly. It’s best to cook them low and slow so you end up with the right texture at the end. 
  • Don’t skip letting the pumpkin lay out on paper towels. It’s a very important step to avoid excess moisture in your rice krispie pumpkin treats. 
  • If you want to make these treats without pumpkin, you can just omit the pumpkin puree and spices and they will taste just like traditional rice krispie treats!
  • When pressing the rice krispie treats into the pan, it’s critical to use parchment paper so the treats don’t stick to your hands!
  • If you want to make these gluten-free, just make sure you’re using gluten-free certified brown rice crisps (note: the traditional rice krispies cereal is not gluten free).
side view of vegan rice krispie pumpkin treats with pumpkin spice on a white platter

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Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats

When you sink your teeth into these homemade Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats, you will feel like you are in food heaven. They are perfectly sweet and gooey, great for fall, and so easy to make!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Draining Pumpkin Puree30 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 treats
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegan mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups brown rice crisps cereal
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter

Instructions

  • Spread your pumpkin purée between a few sheets of paper towels. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. This will remove a majority of the moisture.
  • In a large pan or pot, melt the vegan butter or coconut oil. Once the butter/coconut oil is melted, add in your marshmallows. Continue to stir the marshmallows until they are melted and incorporated into the vegan butter / coconut oil.
  • Once the marshmallows are completely melted, add in the pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Add in the Rice Krispie cereal. Mix well.
  • Once everything is incorporated, transfer from the pot to a greased, 13×9 pan.
  • Using parchment paper on top of the treats, press to flatten. Allow the treats to cool (approximately 1 hour). Once cooled, cut into squares, and serve!

Notes

Top Tips for Making Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
  • Don’t heat the butter and marshmallows too quickly. It’s best to cook them low and slow so you end up with the right texture at the end. 
  • Don’t skip letting the pumpkin lay out on paper towels. It’s a very important step to avoid excess moisture in your rice krispie treats. 
  • If you want to make these treats without pumpkin, you can just omit the pumpkin puree and spices and they will taste just like traditional rice krispie treats!
  • When pressing the rice krispie treats into the pan, it’s critical to use parchment paper so the treats don’t stick to your hands!
  • If you want to make these gluten-free, just make sure you’re using gluten-free certified brown rice crisps (note: the traditional rice krispies cereal is not gluten free)

Nutrition

Serving: 1treat | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.9g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 2.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Sodium: 56.3mg | Potassium: 41.3mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 7.6g

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