Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

This chocolatey rice crispy recipe is for those who prefer crispy over chewy.

Healthy Desserts Recipes: Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
16 bars (serving size: 1 bar)

Rice crispy treats are usually chewy, but these are crispy and irresistible. Mixing silky melted chocolate with coconut oil sets up the chocolate and binds the puffed rice cereal together without the need for marshmallows (no added sugar here). This ingredient combo results in very crispy dessert or snack bars.

Because this rice crispy treats recipe only uses four simple ingredients, reach for a high-quality chocolate bar for the best flavor. Cut the rice crispy treats into squares or bars, and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.


  • 2 (3½-oz.) bittersweet chocolate bars (such as Lindt), finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil

  • 5 ½ cups crispy rice cereal

  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Microwave chocolate and coconut oil in a large microwavable bowl on HIGH, until melted and smooth, about 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.

  3. Let cool to room temperature. Transfer 2 tablespoons chocolate mixture to a small bowl, and set aside.

  4. Add cereal and salt to melted chocolate mixture, and stir to combine.

  5. Transfer cereal mixture to prepared pan, pressing evenly with a flat-bottomed measuring cup.

  6. Drizzle with reserved melted chocolate mixture. Freeze until set, about 20 minutes.

  7. Before serving, let stand until room temperature. Cut into 16 bars. Store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

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