strawberry lemon rice crispies

strawberry lemon rice crispies

Yesterday was World Cancer Day.

Yesterday was the day I spent the morning with my dad and the head of oncology at our hospital. Hearing a new cancer diagnosis, with an accompanying recommendation of a laryngectomy. Dad will have his voice box removed permanently, and with it, the cancer. Hopefully permanently.

Surgery is scheduled for this Thursday. Which is a good thing, because I will not be able to think of anything else until then.

strawberry lemon rice crispies

I want to say Thank You, again. Thank you to all of you who continue to pray and send good thoughts, ask about Dad and ask about me. You all have made this experience much more bearable. Sometimes, even happy.

I think it is appropriate that I originally made this recipe as a Thank You for someone who has been a huge lifesaver to me.

My strawberry lemon rice crispies are dessert number two in my Vegan Valentines series, and they are one of my favorite recipes for rice crispy treats. Bright lemon flavor and sweet strawberries throughout – a unique flavor for a crispy treat – a good one.

strawberry lemon rice crispies

strawberry lemon rice crispies

dairy and gluten free, vegan

makes 9-12 squares

2 tablespoons coconut oil
10 oz package marshmallows (Dandies vegan!)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons beet juice (optional for color)

5 cups rice puffs
3/4 cup dehydrated strawberry pieces

Melt coconut oil in saucepan, add marshmallows. Stir over medium heat until melted, add beet juice, lemon juice and zest. Remove from heat, add rice puffs and strawberries, stir until combined. Press into prepared pan – 9×9 square makes tall rice crispies!

strawberry lemon rice crispies

I’m making a batch of these to bring to the nurses Thursday. I know many by name now.



  1. says

    I’m not so into lemon flavored things at all, but I AM into the dad updates, so thank you for that. As always, you guys are in my thoughts–even more than usual.

    And food is love. We back things for the nurses and aids at the old people home every week, just to say “thanks” and let them know we appreciate all they do for Gram (and give them a little incentive to pamper her, too.) Mom will bring pizzas, breads, cookies, etc. and a little goes a long way. It’s important to let them know how much we care!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thanks, Abby – we definitely feel the love over here, I tell Dad there are so many friends sending love from all over the world.

      everyone knows I love to cook, and when I am stressed (especially if Dad is in the hospital!), I am often up at midnight, cooking… so it’s nice to be able to share with the staff that is taking care of dad.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I am too – when I was speaking with the doc yesterday, he said “anytime in the next few weeks” yes, even after all we’ve been through? seemed unbearable. when I got the call for Thursday, I rescheduled everything.

      thank you again, Heather – I appreciate you more than you know.

  2. says

    You know how to take lemons and turn them into krispie treats. Wishing your dad a speedy recovery, and hoping the next few days fly by!

    In my thoughts and prayers!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      and you are always so clever with words 😉 thank you SO much, friend … I hope your wishes come true!

  3. says

    I am saying prayers, sending love, and sending strength <3

    I am sorry to hear he has to have his voice box removed, BUT if this eliminates the cancer, god bless! I am praying it does!

    Love to you, dad, and all the family <3 I will be thinking of you guys <3

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I agree – this is tough and I know he did not want it to come to this, but if I get to keep my dad, this is what we do.

      thank you SO MUCH, dear friend – you have been such an amazing source of smiles and positivity for me!

  4. says

    Oh friend, I’m continuing to send love, strength, prayer and GIANT hugs to you and your family as you continue down this path with your dad. And a giant dose of prayer coming for Thursday, surgery day, that He guides those doctors hands, successfully removing all traces of cancer. Love you friend. xoxo

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      oh Jess, this made me cry (in a GOOD way, I promise!). I so appreciate your words, your prayers, your constant support <3

  5. says

    Good luck to your dad. I hope you get the good news that this does the trick.

    I’m a huge fan of lemon desserts and now that spring is teasing us with warmer temps here in the south, I”m definitely craving it. Will definitely be saving these for later.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thank you, Alayna… I sure hope so too.

      we have had a few glimpses of spring here too – I can smell it in the air – I cannot wait!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I KNOW!! it was one of those D’OH moments when I realized I should have used my heart shaped cutter. AFTER these were gone. *sigh* the batch for the nurses will be hearts :)

  6. says

    What a super delicious creative twist on Rice Krispie treats! And so cute too.

    I will be thinking of you and your dad on Thursday Kristina, sending lots of healing thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you!

  7. says

    Sending healthy vibes to your dad. I hope that surgery goes perfect and you’re able to soon say CANCER FREE! (Or should I say SCREAM it from the roof tops)

    These rice crispies sound awesome!! I’m a huge fan of rice crispies, but always forget to make them!! :)

  8. says

    Hi Kris, Sending a HUGE hug to you and your Dad. That kinda sounds stalker-ish doesn’t it? Considering we’ve never met…but I feel I know you, and please know I’m sending good wishes down to your Dad and of course to you and the furbabies. I’m sure Thursday can’t come soon enough – the waiting is the hardest part! Take care!!!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I don’t think so at all, Roz – I accept the hug! :) I appreciate your support and friendship – so much!

  9. Fran - Mom 2 says

    Hi sweetie – I am so sorry you and your dad have to go thru this. You are both in my prayers . If you ever need to talk to someone, I’m here. I live you Kris!!

  10. says

    I’ll be thinking of you and your dad and family on Thursday and pray everything goes smoothly. I hope it gets rid of the cancer for good. ((hugs)) (and this recipe looks divine!)

  11. says

    This is the first I have ever seen your lovely page. First I want to send love and strength to you and your family at this time. My own father battled Cancer as well so I know a lot of how you must feel. It seems you have a wealth of beautiful support here and I am glad to join them. Last but certainly not least this looks beautiful and sounds amazing. I look forward to checking out more of your work. :)

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thank you so much, Nicole – I appreciate that. so happy you found me, please keep in touch if you try anything or have requests! :)

  12. says

    Hi Kristina,
    I just came across your post on the California Strawberries’ FB page and wanted to let you know I’m praying for you and your dad. I lost my daddy to cancer and recently lost my mom and I was very comforted by folks reaching out to me on my little tribute to her on my blog. It just reminds me how love and caring is truly the answer in this world.
    xoxo Jodi

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thank you SO much, Jodi – that means so much to me. I am very sorry for your losses, truly. thank you for reaching out – it really does make such a difference to just receive positive messages from friends – even online ones :)

      thanks so much, Kristina

  13. Rosemary says

    I just stumbled across your recipe on Pinterest and came away with a blessing. All the people praying for you and you’re dad during this hard, hard, time comforted me and I’m not in your situation. I do know that prayer makes such a huge difference though. One year ago this month my sons girlfriend found two weeks before her 18th birthday that she had a type of bone cancer most common in kids 10 and younger . The doctor told her during one of the first visits the he want sure she would survive. Her reply? ‘Yes I will. Good told me I would.’ She has been through chemo, stem stern cell harvest, more chemo, surgery to remove the tumor, more chemo, stem cell transplant, more chemo, radiation….and she is cancer free. She turns 19 this week and boy does she have a testimony!. I will be praying for your dad to have a speedy recovery and to adjust quickly to this new set of circumstances. I will also be praying for you both to have the physical, mental, and spiritual strength you need throughout this journey.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Rosemary,

      thank you. thank you SO MUCH.

      hearing stories of young people (kids, really, who should never have to deal with cancer!) with such amazing attitudes and positive outlooks, wow – that is just so heart warming. and I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, it does so much in the healing process. I am happy to hear she fought and won – that is wonderful news and I send positive energy her way, and your way!

      thank you for the prayers, for all aspects, yes. it does take mental, emotional and spiritual strength as well. Bless you.

      thank you so much,


  14. says

    These look delicious, and I love that they’re made red and flavored naturally. Thank you!

    Hugs for the diagnosis and upcoming surgery. We were there last year, when my 14 y/o was diagnosed with parotid (salivary gland) cancer (the first surgery was the day after her birthday). It was a very tough summer but after 2 surgeries and a very long wait for the 90 day follow up CAT-PT scan, she was declared cancer free. We’ll have to monitor her for the next few years, but all looks good.

    Sending love and light.


    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thank you SO much, Alicia – I so appreciate your thoughts. I am hopeful, and hearing stories like your daughters keep that hope alive – very happy to hear she is doing well!

      thank you,


  15. Rosa says

    Kristina, I too stumbled upon your page from Pinterest. My heart goes out to you and your father. We went through a similar situation with my grandmother, many years ago. Here voice box was removed after being diagnosed with throat cancer. She was so strong about losing her voice yet it was so hard for me to see her initially struggling with how how to best communicate. But being the mother of 11 and grandmother of 20+ it did not take long to master a new way to communicate…lots of notes, animated expressions and hugs! I wish you and your father the best! …and thanks for the recipe.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      THANK YOU Rosa, for this kind and hopeful message! Dad is doing SO well with his speech therapy, and is writing on handheld white boards and texting like crazy on his phone!

      I have always known that a good attitude goes a long way and has a huge impact on so much, and I have seen just that this year with my dad – it sounds like your grandmother is the same positive kind of person!

      thanks again for reaching out, and with such a hopeful message. my best to you!

  16. Chelsey Jahn says

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your recipe and was wondering if fresh strawberries could be used in place of dehydrated strawberries? Thanks!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Chelsey, I have made these only with dehydrated; not sure how fresh berries would work here – if you dry them really well (if you are going to chop them, pat them dry after chopping) they will probably be okay, the moisture might make the cereal chewy? and the rice crispies will probably have a shorter “shelf life” but, come on – how long do they last anyway? :) let me know how it goes if you try! Kristina


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