Try This: Oh, Snap!


You’d think a cereal calling itself Rice Krispies® would be gluten-free. Mama certainly did… but mama was wrong.

Oooo! I hate when that happens.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® is NOT gluten free because it contains malt flavoring. This weekend I bought a box of their new Rice Krispies® Gluten Free  just to give it a whirl.

We aren’t a gluten-free household, but I’ve been seriously trying to cut back on wheat in our diets… well, my diet anyway. Gluten, like high-fructose corn syrup, seems to be in almost everything we eat. Plus, I’ve had a lot of requests for more gluten-free recipes with products that are readily available in large supermarkets. Happy to oblige.

Rice Krispies® Gluten Free leaves out the malt flavoring and is made with toasted brown rice, instead of regular rice. But it still contains BHT (for freshness, the package says), which is a major issue with a lot of consumers.

BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) is a synthetic antioxidant used to preserve fats and oils in foods (and drugs and cosmetics) and keep them from going rancid. Many people (especially children with autism) who are on gluten-free diets also try to avoid any type of preservatives.

As a gluten-free take off of the original, this cereal is good. However, my tasters say there’s a big difference between the gluten-free treats and the original Rice Krispies® treats. I agree. The gluten-free treats don’t taste bad… they just don’t taste authentic. Maybe it’s the missing malt flavoring, I don’t know.

Kellogg’s almost got it right… if they had just left out the BHT, this might have been the perfect snap, crackle and pop for everyone.

Gluten Free Rice Krispie® Treats
: 5 minutes
cook: About 15 minutes
serves: about 8, but depends on how small you cut them!

you’ll need…
3 tablespoons margarine or butter (Read the label! Makes sure it is gluten free)
1 10 oz. package or 40 gluten-free marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal
let’s get to it…
the margarine or butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
Stir in the cereal and mix until well coated.
Press mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray (make sure it is gluten free!). Cool.
Cut into 2-inch squares.

  • cooking know how…
    -Don’t use diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine… you won’t get the same results!
    -Use a greased spatula to remove the marshmallow and Rice Krispie® mixture from the saucepan.
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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: