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The BEST Kid-Approved Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

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When I was a little girl, my Mom had to work a lot, so coming home to an empty house was normal. 

But I remember how cool it was to walk home from school and have my Mom home; it was always a pleasant surprise and even more of a pleasant surprise when we were greeted with a homemade cookie or treat! 

I remember opening the door to the smell of homemade cookies and being so excited! The scent to this day still sticks with me and makes me feel a little homesick. 

Luckily I have the privilege of being a stay-at-home Mom. I love being home when my kids get home from school and spending special time with them. I am sure my kids would love to be greeted with homemade goodies every day after school, but I am trying to encourage healthy eating in our home, so daily sugar-laden cookies are not an option.

So I try to find a happy medium – healthy homemade rice krispie treats that are made with good for you basic ingredients free of corn syrup and sketchy marshmallows. Healthy ingredients for the win! They think they are getting a sweet treat, but I know better.

These healthy rice krispie treats are made with a few very simple ingredients; brown rice crispy cereal, honey, and peanut butter or natural almond butter are a cinch to make. I can whip them up quickly for the kids to enjoy when they get home! They get a yummy treat, and I get something that will indulge my sweet tooth without eating a bunch of crazy excess processed sugar.

My KIDS love these crispy squares! They beg me to make them, and they have no idea they are healthy! We even like to pour this concoction over popcorn, so next time give that a try for a healthy twist on caramel popcorn. I am all about finding healthy treats my whole family will love.

Image of kid reaching for a healthy rice krispie treats. They are laid out on a green and white plate.
I mean look at these healthy rice kripie treats!

These ooey-gooey treats will take you all of 10 minutes to throw together, making them a cinch to put together when the kiddos get home from school.

Start by using a heavier saucepan and combine your Peanut Butter and Honey. You could use another nut butter or sunflower seed butter. My kids love PB, so we stick with that.

Photo melted peanut butter and honey. Photo of large pot with the ingredients over the stove.

Melt Peanut Butter and Honey in a large pot over low-medium heat until all melty and dreamy looking
After removing from the heat add vanilla and pour over brown rice cereal. {I love the brand Barbara’s.} Mix the peanut butter mixture with the crispy brown rice cereal until well combined and pour into an 8×8 prepared baking pan or dish press down with the spatula and then let chill for 1-2 hours. Lazy Mom hack throw the pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and they should be all set! 

Now your kids will be all up in your biz trying to eat one of these delicious, healthier rice krispie treats! They are even tasty warm! Soo ooey-gooey!

rice crispy treat recipe
5 from 4 votes

Kid Approved Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

These kid-approved sugar-free rice crispy treats are the perfect after-school treat that will have your kiddos begging you to make them – little do they know they are healthy! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Andie



  1. Melt PB and Honey over low heat 

  2. Once ingredients are melted and well-combined, remove from heat, add vanilla and dry cereal mixture, and combine with a wooden spoon.

  3. Press mixture into a buttered 8×8 pan, or you may use a cooking spray. Just some type of oil to prevent sticking. ( a parchment paper lining works well too)

  4. Wait 1-2 hours for the mixture to set 

  5. Enjoy!! 

Another candid shot of Andi's kid Tatum sneaking a rice krispie treat from the plate.
Your kiddos will love these! My pickiest eater was even a fan!

These delicious treats should be stored in an airtight container to remain soft. They can be stored in a sealed container for up to one week, but they never last that long in our house.

This is one of my family’s favorite recipes for a healthier treat. You could even add sugar-free chocolate chips for something extra of a nice chocolate drizzle. We hope you enjoy these healthy rice krispie treats as much as our family does.

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Happy Snacking!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love when I can give my kids a healthier treat & they don’t even know!! What a hit! My go-to treat!

  2. 5 stars
    My teens love these and don’t even care they are healthier! My hubby and I love having these for dessert. I’ll definitely be making this treat again!

  3. 5 stars
    These rice krispie bars are so much better than I thought that they would be! thank you for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    These are a go-to dessert for me. Never fails and so tasty every time!

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