Rice Crispy Treat Pumpkins turn vegan rice crispies into a festive pumpkin patch for all of your Halloween parties! A kid friendly craft and tasty treat!
recipe originally published October 6, 2011
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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats
Rice crispies have all the sweet nostalgia a gooey childhood treat could bring. My neighbor growing up made crispy treats and popcorn balls at the holidays, and they were truly the best.
Making vegan rice crispy treats is just as easy as the traditional. You need:
- melted butter
- puffed rice cereal
We love Earth Balance or homemade butter, Dandies marshmallows, and just about any plain gluten free rice cereal.
You can also get super colorful and make Trix Rice Crispies.
How to make - and a tip for easy rolling
Adding a rice crispy treat to Halloween menu takes one more step. Instead of mixing and pressing into a pan, add some orange food coloring and roll into small round pumpkin shapes. Find a vegan candy that is green - I use Skittles - for the pumpkin stem.
As you see in the video, I keep a small bowl of water nearby. Rolling the sticky rice crispies into balls is easy with wet hands - they don't stick.
Vegan food coloring
There are good options for food color that is vegan, not tested on animals, and has deep, rich color. I like the gel colors more than powders. The gels work well in melted chocolate and recipes like this one.
Looking at my own food color collection, the one I buy most often is Wilton Icing Gel Color. I often buy the larger jars (they last for a very long time!) at my local baking supply, like this orange gel you can see in the video.
There are natural colors available as well. Many are lighter in color rather than the deep or bright colors I am often looking for.
Sometimes natural color is great, and comes in whole food form rather than a product.
- I often use beets for reds and pinks, like this Bright Pink Hummus.
- Freeze dried raspberries or strawberries do a great job with pinks also, like this Valentines Puppy Chow recipe.
- I use fresh spinach for green, which works well with green pancakes and green pasta.
- Spirulina works well for the blue hues, as seen with this Vanilla Mint Milk.
Halloween recipes and ideas
We have all sorts of festive recipes and ideas for you!
- Pumpkin Carving Templates
- Jack Skellington Mini Pizza Pot Pie
- Pumpkin Caramel Chocolate Skulls
- Mini Carrot Mummies
- Haunted Cookie House
- Vegan Candy and Candy Alternatives
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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats
turn the classic rice crispy treat into a festive Halloween pumpkin patch! a fun kid friendly activity AND tasty treat!
- 2 tablespoons dairy free butter
- 10 oz package vegan marshmallows
- 5 cups puffed rice cereal
- Melt butter in saucepan.
- Add marshmallows. Stir over medium heat until melted.
- Remove from heat. If making pumpkins: add orange food color, stir to combine.
- Add rice cereal, stir until combined.
- Press into prepared pan (9×9 square makes tall rice crispies!). Cover and set aside to dry.
- Once set, slice into squares and enjoy.
- To make Pumpkin Patch: wet hands. Roll a handful of rice crispy dough into a ball, add a green candy for a stem. Set aside to dry, continue with remaining rice crispy dough.
dairy, egg, gluten free vegan recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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OOoooh these are fantastic!! I love your photographs! So artistic ^^ I'd go for caramel-mummies! And maybe some mint-green-ghouls? And white-chocolate skulls... hmm, I think I may be feeling the halloween spirit! =D
yes you are, Hannah, all fantastic ideas! 🙂
I need to remember these for this year, I'm a teacher and my kids would love them!!
thank you, Jana!
Arielle (Your Vegan Girlfriend) says
Ahhh I LOVE this. SOOO creative!!!!
thank you, Arielle!
Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) says
These are so cute! Hmm, mummies... vanilla or white chocolate?
Those are so cute! Do you know if those jellybeans use beeswax to make them shiny? No judgements if they do and that doesn't bother you, I was just curious.
aw, man. the one thing I didn't think of... I did ask over the phone if they had vegan + gluten free jelly beans - I'm now thinking they said yes based on the fact they do not have gelatin. and that some people do not consider honey + beeswax a bad thing (I just had another conversation about this yesterday!! my argument is that it's the same as an egg.) 😉
I don't know for sure, but now that you say it, I would not be surprised if beeswax was in the coating... *sigh*
Kath (My Funny Little Life) says
Haaaaaaaaa, these look so great! Especially the ones with the little jellybean faces! 😀 And the antennae are just cool!
I'm so happy you appreciate them! 😀
so creative and festive - I may make these with our children today, they love to get involved in the kitchen!
thanks, I found you recently from gojee and have been enjoying your recipes and photography.
ha ha! Those are so cute! Love 'em!