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Vegan Rice Krispie Treats with Pumpkin Spice

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

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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 fall is coming up, I thought I’d combine a childhood favorite with pumpkin spice! They turned out amazing, and I know you’ll love these too. The explosion of flavors you get is out of this world. I seriously can’t wait for you to taste this combination. 

It was so easy to make these rice krispie treats vegan friendly. Use some vegan butter & vegan marshmallows and you are all set! Vegan marshmallows melt slightly differently than regular, but I actually think they turn out to be more gooey and give these treats an amazing texture!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

vegan rice krispie 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!
  • 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 krispies but are less processed! I like this Brown Rice Krispie Cereal.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: 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.

pumpkin puree blotted between paper towels

Step 2: 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.

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 from the pot to a greased, 13×9 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

What Makes These Vegan Rice Krispie Treats Healthy?

  • Antioxidants: Pumpkin and even cinnamon have antioxidant qualities that are very good for you. 
  • Vitamins and Minerals: There is a very impressive amount of vitamin A in pumpkin, along with vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and more. 
  • Healthy Fats: Both coconut oil and vegan butter are both healthy fats that are good for you. So it doesn’t matter which one you use to make these vegan Rice Krispie treats because they are both great. 

Will Kids Enjoy This Recipe?

Kids will go wild for these vegan rice krispie treats. They only thing that is different from traditional rice krispie treats 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 these treats because they don’t have any gelatin or high fructose corn syrup. Most kids are going to be begging for another treat because they are that tasty. 

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

Recipe FAQs

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

It’s best to let these 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 To Cut Rice Krispie Treats Neatly

I know that cutting 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 that you have added a spray or two of cooking spray too. This will keep the treats from sticking to the knife. You may need to spray it more than once as you are cutting. Take slow cuts and don’t go too fast or they may bunch up and not cut in straight lines. 

How To Store

Store these treats in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for about 3-4 days.

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)
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5 from 5 votes

Vegan Rice Krispie Treats with Pumpkin Spice

When you sink your teeth into these homemade Vegan Rice Krispie Treats with Pumpkin Spice, 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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10 responses to “Vegan Rice Krispie Treats with Pumpkin Spice”

  1. Did you say ‘Krispie treats with pumpkin spice?’ I would typically wait till the fall season to make it, but it sounds so delicious that I am gonna make it now!5 stars

    • Haha yes!! These are so good I literally will make them year round! You can leave out the pumpkin if you want a traditional rice krispie treat and they will still taste great!

  2. OMG can we start pumpkin season early this year? I mean, it’s been tough enough, right? And this is the kind of treat I crave right now!5 stars

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