Vegetarian Rice Crispy Treats
After becoming a vegetarian, Rice Crispy treats was one of the few foods that I really missed. Marshmallows contain gelatin which is made from animal hoof, so they are definitely not veggie friendly. In the past, vegetarians craving this sweet treat were required to make their own marshmallows, but they often tasted little better than styrofoam. Within the past few years, grocery stores started stocking vegetarian marshmallow cream, so we can once again enjoy the treats of childhood.
- Â¼ c. butter.
- 6 c rice cereal
- 7 oz vegetarian friendly marshmallow cream
- Purchase marshmallow cream that contains no gelatin or natural flavor. Few companies mark the containers clearly as vegetarian-friendly, so you'll have to read the ingredients list. Store brands such as Kroger and Solo are both gelatin free. If making for vegans, look for Ricemallow Cream in the natural foods section of your grocery store and use dairy free margarine.
- In a large stock pot, melt Â¼ c. butter over medium low heat. Add marshmallow cream. Stir continuously until melted. Remove from heat and add Â½ of rice cereal. Stir until evenly coated. Add remaining cereal. Allow to cool in pot 5 minutes. Then transfer to a pan. Spread evenly.
For better portion control, allow for treats to cool 10 minutes in pan then use a medium ice cream scoop to scoop out. Pack firmly then drop onto cookie sheet to cool.
Tips and Warnings
Place stock pot immediately in hot soapy water after removing rice crispy treats. If allowed to cool, the melted marshmallow cream is difficult to remove.
Because no gelatin is used, the rice crispy treats will not completely solidify and may remain slightly gooey.
Thanks for reading.