Gooey, crunchy rice krispy treats….made with Nutella and topped with chocolate sprinkles! Plus, if you want, you can make them gluten and dairy free! Yum!
I have the most incredible treat to share with you today! Rice Krispy Treats are the most perfect summer dessert/snack (or really any time of year!), and these seriously raise the bar waaay up…these are Nutella Krispy Treats. And ooohhh yum, I go weak at the knees with every bite, they’re just so darn delicious! And even better, I’ve made a way for you to make them for yourself or your friends with gluten and dairy allergies! No more pretending that you don’t care when everyone around you is eating delicious treats! You can finally jump in on the goodness! ☺ And this recipe is also especially meaningful to me; because it is inspired by someone I love very much, who I am so grateful is a part of my life today.
July 18 is a date that will forever be etched in my memory. It was on this very day, just one year ago, that my family and I found out that my little brother had cancer in his brain. David was 17 years old at the time, strong, the 400 IM champ on his high school swim team, just a crazy-awesome high-school kid. He started to get bad headaches, double vision, and oddly started to need a couple naps just to get thru the day. When eye doctors could not explain the sudden change in his eyesight, my mom took David to a neurologist to get an MRI of his brain. We found out that David had a tumor in his pineal gland, and he was admitted to Barrow Neurological Institute Hospital that day. The doctors told us if they had found out about the tumor even a couple of days later, it might have been too late. My little brother had brain surgery, a drain inserted into his skull, multiple complications, and was just so, so sick…it was unbearably difficult to see him in so much pain. I’m still nauseated at just the memory of it…I mean, just a few weeks earlier, he was competing in the pool, jamming on his guitar, jumping around with kids at the church’s VBS…I wish like anything I could’ve taken his place so he wouldn’t have to go through what he did. Long story a little shorter, after a few weeks in the hospital, he did recover at least enough to go home. It was after this that he began several weeks of radiation to target the cancer still inside his head. I am ever so thankful that the cancer treatments did work, and the doctors declared David declared cancer-free.
I am forever wholeheartedly grateful to God for His healing touch on my brother; my family and I saw miracles happen that the doctors could not explain, and God gave me His strength to stand and keep going when it would have been impossible to do so on my own. He also gave my whole family His peace…a peace inside that I cannot really understand, but somehow it was there to help us through every second of every day during that time. I am also thankful for the surgeons, the medical team at Barrow’s, and last but not least, for the continuous prayers, love, and support from all our family and friends during this life-altering summer. So many were there with us, bringing us food, talking with us, and just being there to sit at the hospital with us during those tough times and long days.
Last November, the church my family attends made a video of David’s journey to show during a Thanksgiving service. Check it out if you want:
David was again found cancer-free at his latest check-up, and I am so very thankful to have had another year to spend with this guy. He is such an inspiration to me to keep my perspective in the right place. This whole experience has taught me to truly cherish the moments you have with the people you love. There are so many instances when I have taken my family and friends for granted, and David has taught me that you just don’t know what tomorrow might bring. Embrace the time you have with those you love.
David also now dabbles a bit in the kitchen, and has created this Nutella Krispy Treat recipe that everyone in my family just loves! I mean, how can you not love anything that’s got Nutella in it?? He gave me permission to write about him and share his recipe with you, and I am SO EXCITED about it! These are seriously the best Krispy Treats I have ever eaten in my life.
I HIGHLY recommend using my Homemade Nutella in this recipe, but if you’re short on time, store-bought Nutella will do the trick as well. The way that I made this recipe, it is free of both dairy and gluten, but if you do not have those dietary restrictions, feel free to use the traditional ingredients listed in the recipe instead. Also, since most varieties of Crispy Rice Cereal do contain gluten, make sure to choose a variety that is safe for you while making these treats, if you do have dietary concerns or food allergies. I used Barbara’s Bakery Organic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal to keep my version gluten free.
- 6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 16 ounces marshmallows
- 8 cups Crispy Rice Cereal*
- ⅓ cup Nutella or chocolate-hazelnut spread (homemade or store-bought)**
- ¼ cup chocolate sprinkles + more for sprinkling on top (optional)***
- Grease a 9x13-inch pan (I used a small drizzle of melted coconut oil, and rubbed it over the bottom and sides of the pan to keep mine dairy-free)
- Melt Coconut Oil (or butter) and vanilla over low heat in a large pot. Add marshmallows, and stirring frequently, completely melt the marshmallows. This takes a little time, but be patient; a slow melt over low heat will ensure the most desirable results. (Ps-use a strong spoon!)
- Heat Nutella for about 15-20 seconds in the microwave, then add to melted marshmallow mixture. Stir very well to fully combine all ingredients. Remove from heat.
- Add crispy rice cereal and slowly, gently, mix into Nutella-marshmallow mixture until all ingredients are fully combined. Stir in sprinkles, if desired.
- Using a strong greased spatula, press mixture into prepared 9x13 pan. I used my fingers, coated with a little oil to help get everything evenly dispersed and smooth out the top of the treats. Top with sprinkles if desired.
- Let treats sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars.
- Makes 18-24 bars (depending on preferred size)
- *Most brands of Crispy Rice cereal seems as tho they should be gluten free, but they ARE NOT. Most varieties contain barley malt, which is a gluten-containing ingredient. Look for a brand that is specifically marked “Gluten Free” to be safe, if this is a dietary concern for you. I used Barbara’s Organic Brown Rice Crisps.
- **My Homemade Nutella is gluten and dairy free, and works great in this recipe. Store bought Nutella works great also in this recipe, but it does contains dairy, so follow your dietary needs when choosing ingredients.
- ***Double-check sprinkle ingredients before using if you have food allergies to ensure they are safe for you to eat.
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