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Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats (With No Marshmallows)

Overhead view of pumpkin spice rice krispie treats arranged on a wooden cutting board.

5 from 12 reviews

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats are gluten-free and dairy-free with crispy brown rice cereal, peanut butter and pumpkin spice. They’re marshmallow-free, sweetened with just honey and maple syrup and topped with rich dark chocolate. It’s a healthier Halloween treat that the entire family will enjoy!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add 3/4 cup of peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, pumpkin purée, coconut oil, pumpkin spice and salt. Heat on a low temperature, stirring constantly so the mixture doesn’t burn. Remove from heat once the peanut butter is melted and the mixture has thickened.
  2. Add in the crispy cereal and stir until it is well coated. It may not seem like it will get fully coated, but it will come together as you keep stirring.
  3. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and press the cereal mixture firmly into the pan using the back of a spoon or the palm of your hand. Place in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate topping.
  4. Add your chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl and heat on two 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. If the peanut butter isn’t fully melted, microwave for another 10-15 seconds and stir again. Chocolate tends to burn quickly so don’t over heat it.
  5. Pour over the crispy treats and spread out into a thin layer. Sprinkle on desired toppings and place back in the freezer to set up.
  6. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

  1. To keep these treats gluten-free, make sure you use gluten-free crispy cereal, spices and toppings.
  2. For dairy-free treats, keep your dark chocolate and additional toppings dairy-free.
  3. You can make these treats using salted or unsalted peanut butter. If using salted, you may wish to reduce the amount of salt you add to the treats.
  4. You can replace the peanut butter with another natural nut butter or seed butter. Just keep in mind that this will change the taste of the rice krispie treats.
  5. To get thicker squares, make these treats in an 8-inch square pan instead of a 9-inch pan.
  6. These treats should be stored in an airtight container in the freezer and are best enjoyed frozen or slightly defrosted. When storing them, do so in a single layer or with wax paper in between layers.

Keywords: rice krispie treats, pumpkin treats, halloween treats