Many people are not aware but marshmallows are not free of animal by-products, hence anything made with them are not vegan. So this means the American favorite, Rice Crispy Squares, are not vegan. This is a childhood favorite of mine, so even today as a vegan, it’s hard to say no. There are vegan marshmallow substitutes but these can be very pricy so alternatives are much appreciated. Thanks to the famous dairy-free website, Go Dairy Free, I found another recipe to test out this childhood snack. As a replacement for marshmallows, the author Alisa Fleming (founder of GoDairyFree.org) suggests using coconut in replacement.
We had some organic shredded coconut leftover in our freezer from Virginia still so we figured we would test this recipe. Why not, right? It helped out since I was stressed with my laptop woes and needed a sweet snack. Genki Husband and I made these in about 20-25 minutes, it would have been shorter but our food processor is a bit weak. Even though we used the same coconut as Fleming, we could not get the coconut to cream properly. In the end we added organic coconut oil to the recipe to cream the mixture- it never fully creamed but had a flaky texture. Even though we had issues, the crispies turned out delicious. Genki Husband compared the squares to an Almond Joy. My mother-in-law was tempted to try a piece too and I did not hear any complaints so I’m assuming she loved them. So it was a win-win even through the slower than anticipated process.
Changes to the recipe, hopefully this helps if you have a weak blender too:
6 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
2 C Crispy Rice Cereal
½ C Vegan Chocolate, melted in the microwave
- Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 115.7
- Total Fat: 7.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
- Sodium: 12.4 mg
- Total Carbs: 12.1 g
- Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
Note: These are the ingredients we substituted but not all are listed. To find the rest of the ingredients and the instructions I urge you to go to the original recipe website at Go Dairy-Free.
Note 2: These can easily be converted into Almond Joy substitutes – just simply double the chocolate, add whole almonds, and dip the crispies mixture (formed into a small log) into the chocolate mixture. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and enjoy!
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