Classic crispy marshmallow-y treats with a twist! This Valentines Day, my 9-year-old sous chef helps make pink & chocolate crispy treats that everyone in her class can enjoy. Vegan, gluten-free and 100% delicious!
Crispy Treats for Everyone
We were asked to bring in a Valentine’s Day treat to my daughter’s 3rd grade class this year. Being a vegetarian, I know how it feels to show up and not have much you can eat. And, it must be even harder for kiddos who are gluten-free or vegan. So I always try to bring something that just about everyone can enjoy!
Pink. Chocolate. Chewy. Sugary. Crispy. Ooey-gooey. That pretty much sums up Valentine’s Day, right? Well, red dye #40 usually is in the mix… but not in these beauties! Homemade pink chocolate crispy treats – which are vegan and gluten-free – were definitely on my short-list of ideas!
Also, I can’t lie to my friends. We started “testing” this recipe 2 weeks before Valentine’s Day. I may have claimed to have a lot of complicated recipe development research to do. But really… I JUST CAN’T STOP! Kiddo tucked in and asleep? Mommy is tiptoeing to the fridge to grab just one more. Whoops, we don’t have enough left to photograph. Gotta make more.
Let’s Make Valentine Chocolate Crispy Treats!
Vegan & Gluten-Free Ingredients
These dreams are made from chocolate rice cereal, vegan & gf marshmallows, natural pink food color, coconut oil, vegan butter, and vegan chocolate chips. We used the Dandie’s brand of marshmallows from our local Natural Grocers. They have a slight vanilla flavor.
In the microwave, melt the coconut oil, butter and marshmallows. We stopped the microwave about every 30 seconds to stir. It took about 3 minutes or so, total.
Vegan marshmallows won’t “melt” in the same way that traditional ones do. It won’t get that thin, stretchy, melted sugar consistency. But it will soften and it all comes out the same in the end. Here is a photo of how the marshmallows looked after about 2 minutes.
Stir pink natural food color into the melted marshmallow. Here you can see the final, melted vegan marshmallow consistency. The pink food color powder mostly blended in. It might have been more consistent by stirring the packet into a little water first. But, little hands were eager to dump the pink… because, well… pink! It came out like pink and white marbling.
Add the marshmallow mixture to the chocolate rice cereal.
Pro Tip: We your hands before mixing and smooshing!
Mash, smash, fold, roll and just go nuts. Obviously this is a fun job for kids who like getting messy. And grown-ups, too. 😉
My daughter thought the mixture looked like a heart!
Chill the Valentine Crispy Treats
Press the mixture into a lightly oiled dish or pan. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. If you can wait that long, of course.
Slice & Drizzle Chocolate!
I used a large breadknife to cut the vegan crispy treats into small rectangles. Then we melted vegan chocolate chips and a little coconut oil in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir until smooth.
Never skip the chocolate. Look at that beautiful drizzle!Print
Classic crispy marshmallow treats with a twist! This Valentines Day, my 9-year-old sous chef helps make pink & chocolate crispy treats which everyone in her class can enjoy. Vegan, gluten-free and 100% delicious!
- 4 cups chocolate rice cereal (I used Nature’s Path Koala Crisp)
- 10oz vegan marshmallows (I used Dandie’s)
- 2 Tbsp Earth Balance butter
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 packet natural pink food dye powder
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- In microwave, melt marshmallows, 2 Tbsp coconut oil, and vegan butter. Stir well with a fork every 30 seconds – 1 minute. Melt for a total of 3-4 minutes.
- Add natural food coloring and stir well.
- Pour into large bowl with chocolate rice cereal.
- Wet hands well, then combine ingredients by hand.
- Press into a lightly oiled dish or pan.
- Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
- Slice into 10-12 pieces.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl for 45 seconds.
- Stir well with a spoon.
- Use the spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops.
Vegetarian: This recipe is vegetarian.
Vegan: This recipe is vegan.
Gluten-Free: This recipe is gluten-free.
Melted marshmallow texture: It will not be thin and stretchy like traditional marshmallows, but they will mix with the cereal the same.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 157
- Sugar: 22.8g
- Sodium: 54mg
- Fat: 5.1g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 27.5
- Protein: 0.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: rice treats, marshmallow treats, vegan rice treats, vegan marshmallow treats, healthy dessert