Cereal treats are a classic homemade confection that always remind me of cozy fall evenings. They’re perfect to make for a crowd and are always a hit. Our vegan version is simple and quick, but still has all the marshmallow-y goodness you crave. While the standard cereal treat is made with plain puffed rice cereal, your options for deliciousness are unlimited when you think outside the cereal box. Mix things up according to what you or your guest’s like best; try chocolaty rice cereal, fruity rice cereal, or whatever combination you think sounds tasty. We hope you enjoy this recipe.
5 cups rice cereal (or cereal of your choice)
1 (10 oz) package of vegan marshmallows
4 T non-dairy butter
Grease an 8×8 pan or 9×9 pan with cooking spray or non-dairy butter and set aside.
In a large pot, add your butter and set to medium-low heat. Stir the butter frequently until melted to prevent it from burning.
On medium heat, add your marshmallows. I recommend using miniature marshmallows because they will melt faster than full-sized, but you can use what you have on hand.
Constantly stir the marshmallows and make sure that there are very few blobs of unmelted marshmallow in the pot.
Once your marshmallows have melted, add your rice cereal in. I recommend adding 3 cups of cereal first and folding them into the marshmallows until some of them have stuck together. Then add the rest of the cereal and mix until the marshmallows and cereal are fully incorporated.
Transfer your cereal treats to your prepared baking pan.
Spray some cooking spray or rub some non-dairy butter on your hands. This will prevent the marshmallow from sticking to your hands in the next step.
Gently press the cereal treats into the pan, making them an even thickness and filling in all the sides of the pan.
Allow the treats to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting them into pieces.
Serve and enjoy! To keep them fresh, put them in an airtight container. The cereal will become stale very quickly and your treats will lose their crunch.