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Rice Crispy Treats Dairy-Free & Allergy-Friendly

Rice crispy treats are a classic and thankfully are quite allergy-friendly.

In our family full of different food allergies, this is one dessert we can all share.

With the right ingredient brands, I’ve made these treats dairy, wheat, egg, nut, AND soy free.

See recipe below along with several helpful tips and ideas.

holding rice treat dairy-free with sprinkles


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Rice crispy treats were one of the first easy desserts I learned to make when we had milk, egg, tree nut, and peanut allergies. 

I remember being so pleased with myself! 

Using dairy-free butter was the ticket to dairy-free.

Then when I could start sharing them with other family members with other allergies, it was even more exciting. 

Grandpa with the wheat allergy, because the base is rice not flour.

Cousin with a soy allergy, I just made sure all three ingredients contained no soy.

Not only were these the best treats to share with family, 

but they were also the perfect dessert to bring along to potlucks or to share with guests. 

Additionally, rice crispy treats are so cheap to make that you can really make a lot to share even on a frugal budget. 

No expensive dairy-free chocolate needed for this one!

Because this is one of our regular go-to family desserts, 

we’ve come up with a handful of ways to mix things up and keep them fun and special. 

We never want allergy friendly rice treats to get boring. 

Rice Crispy Treats 6 Ways


  • Cookie Cutters – Cut into special shapes with cookie cutters dipped in water
  • Icing – Decorate rice crispy treats with piped icing
  • Chocolate – Dip rice treats into melted chocolate 
  • Pops – Roll rice treats into baseball-size balls and put them on candy sticks
  • Coconut – Use coconut oil instead of dairy-free butter and top with coconut
  • Sprinkles – After making the treats and before they set, add sprinkles

Or hey, if you go old school by simply pressing rice crispy treats into a pan…

I guarantee they’ll be gobbled up that way, too. 

That’s definitely the standby for this busy mom. 

white pan of rice treats


When I make rice crispy treats for my niece with soy allergy, 

I make sure the dairy-free butter is also soy-free. 

There are a few brands that are both…read labels and call companies if you need to. 

Melt Organic comes to mind, but double check the label. Ingredients can change.

You’ll also want to make sure the marshmallows contain no soy. 

Some natural marshmallow brands have contained soy before, so be careful. 

Rice cereal is usually soy-free but make sure yours is, too.

Always check labels for yourself, of course. 

tray of rice treats with bright sprinkles


  • use less rice cereal to make them extra gooey
  • use a smaller pan to make them extra thick
  • get a uniform look by pressing the treats down evenly with wax paper
  • sprinkles add a special sweet crunch, our favorite!

Dairy Free Rice Crispy Treats


In the recipe below, I suggest different size pans for different thicknesses of treats. 

My family likes thin just as much as thick, as long as they are gooey. 

Good to know!

I do like to make them thick for our chocolate fondue spread, though.

rice crispy treat balls


If you’re used to simply dumping a bag of marshmallows into a rice crispy treat recipe, make sure you have the 10 ounce bag for these to turn out best. 


1 10 ounce bag of marshmallows
3 tablespoons of dairy-free butter or coconut oil
5 cups of rice crispy cereal


Butter (dairy-free) a 9×13” pan for thinner treats or a 9×9″ pan for thicker treats. 

Melt 3 tbs. dairy-free butter and 10 oz. marshmallows in a large pot over medium heat, stirring constantly.

When melted, remove from heat.

Add 5 cups of rice crispy cereal.

Fold the cereal and marshmallow mixture together using a sturdy spatula.  

With clean, water dampened fingers, lightly press mixture into your greased pan.

Finish pressing the treats into the pan by laying wax paper over them and level them evenly with the palms of your hands. Pull the wax paper off when finished pressing. 

Optionally, add sprinkles and gently press them into the sticky treats with wax paper, as well.

Let sit 15 minutes before cutting.  

Once cooled, store air tight by covering the pan with foil or by cutting them and putting the treats in a container with a lid.

Hope you enjoy these dairy-free rice crispy treats as much as we do!


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Pamela Castro

Thursday 6th of May 2021

Is the rice Kris pie cereal from Aldi dairy free?

Jamie Kaufmann

Saturday 15th of May 2021

We have used rice crispy cereal from Aldi, with milk and nut allergy.

Patricia Gleason

Sunday 26th of April 2020

I have Oral Allergy Syndrome. I am allergic to all trees, melons, plants, weeds, dairy, sea foods(good with lake fishes), grains, wheat, nuts, rice, beans, strawberries, oranges, and many other items. It is very hard to find items I can eat. Please help.

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Hi Patricia. We had the same and allergy shots helped tremendously. Perhaps talk to your allergist. Best wishes!

sheetal soni

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Thanks Jennifer for sharing such a wonderful recipe...will surely try out for my kids this week end

Jamie Kaufmann

Friday 14th of July 2017

You're welcome. Hope they enjoy.


Friday 3rd of February 2017

We love melt too! I have had a hard time finding gluten free rice kripsies (most have malt added to them) but Aldi's store brand is gluten free and super cheap and yummy! Their marshmallows are also dye free which is hard to find.


Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Last I checked, Malt o Meal's rice crispies were gluten free as well.


Friday 3rd of February 2017

Great tips, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing!

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