Vegan & Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Squares Featuring Sweet and Sara Marshmallows

by Maggie on April 16, 2010

Oh my goodness, these are the real thing.

I have been admiring vegan marshmallows for a while now.  I love the way they look – they’re usually hand cut so they’re big and imperfect and I like that about them.

Recently I bought Callum some pomegranate marshmallows that we found at our local health food store.  He LOVED them but I wasn’t a big fan.  I just wanted plain old white marshmallows, ones that would take me back to my camp counsellor days.  Puffy, plain, and melt-in-your-mouth gooey.

This week I was wandering through our health food store  – I get easily distracted when I don’t bring my babes shopping with me.  Takes me hours to get through the grocery store!  With my babes in tow I focus so I can get the heck out of there as fast as possible!

As I was saying, while wandering I found Sweet & Sara Marshmallows in the refrigerator section and I was so excited.  I had heard so much about this company and I really wanted to try their vegan marshmallows (which are also gluten-free, although they’re processed in a facility that processes wheat).

The marshmallows came in two sizes and flavours: large strawberry marshmallows and mini vanilla marshmallows.  Both packages are pretty small and pretty costly (good ingredients cost money).

Naturally I had to try both flavours, and in the heat of the moment I decided to make rice crispy squares, so I had to buy THREE packs of the mini marshmallows.  I was banking on the reputation of this company!  Literally.

As soon as I got home I showed them to Callum who had to test them immediately.

He LOVED the mini marshmallows and basically begged me for more.  To my surprise, he didn’t like the strawberry flavour.  I consider one and a half to be too young for marshmallows so Livvie didn’t get to taste these.  Though if you know her, she would love them too!

I finally broke down and tried one.  Oh my.  Lovely little white pillows of marshmallow.  Exactly what I was looking for.  I also tried and loved the strawberry, though I definitely prefer the mini vanilla flavour.

Now on to the rice crispy squares!  I really wanted to make some for Callum as he’s never had them.  I bought some  Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal (gluten-free and sweetened with brown rice syrup).  Have you tried this cereal?  Hello rice crispies!  I don’t think this box will last long in our house.

I googled for a rice crispy squares recipe and just modified it a little.  So this is a treat!  Callum thinks the “crispies” are delicious and he can’t wait to have more tomorrow.  Pete and I both agreed that they taste like the real deal.  Nothing to do with me, everything to do with Sweet & Sara’s marshmallows.

Rice Crispy Squares

Gluten-Free & Vegan Rice Crispy Squares

  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance Butter OR coconut oil
  • 2 cups Sweet and Sara Mini Marshmallows (2 and a half bags)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice

1. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment or oil the pan well.
2. Melt the butter or coconut oil in a medium sized saucepan.
3. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted; it won’t be smooth or liquid, just melted.  This took me about 10 minutes over low-medium heat.
4. Stir in the crispy brown rice cereal.
5. Spread into prepared pan and let cool.


Thank you Sweet and Sara’s.  It’s fun for a mom to be able to give her little dude a piece of her own childhood every now and then, with a gluten-free twist of course!

I am so excited to roast marshmallows with Callum – that was actually the first thing he said when I showed him the marshmallows, “Mommy can we roast marshmallows!”

I really wanted to try Sweet & Sara’s Smores treat but they’re not gluten-free.  I guess I’ll have to make my own using Lauren’s (from Celiac Teen) recipe for gluten-free graham crackers.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi Kelly April 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

How cool Maggie! I love the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal too! I did a review of GF Rice cereals back in December and how they fare in GF Rice “Krispie” Treats… Erewhon won hands down! You should try adding some pure vanilla extract sometime… it was amazing how even more identical they were to the gluten version! It’s one of my sillier posts so be forewarned, LOL! 🙂

I need to try some Sweet and Sara Marshmallows… thanks for sharing your fabulous find!


Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea September 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I’ve never heard of this company before. How exciting and I’m happy that you liked them! 🙂 S’mores is something I’d also like to do at some point; aside from the usual, nostalgic variety, I’ve seen some pretty creative twists on s’mores: the other day I saw strawberry chocolate s’mores


Maggie September 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Hi Zoe – Thanks for checking out the post! This is what I will use until I finally get your marshmallows made! I would love to do s’mores too. Sweet and Sara’s aren’t gluten-free 🙁 We bought strawberry marshmallows and I have seen pomegranate ones! The possibilities are endless!


Emma February 3, 2013 at 2:14 am

Dearest Maggie, just wanted to say thank you for your inspiring recipe. I had some mini rice cakes left in the pantry that I wanted to use. I put them in the food processor, made some of Zoe’s honey sweetened marshmallows , added melted cocoa butter and some grated dark chocolate. My daughter’s morning tea organised for kindergarten (preschool, I’m an Aussie) tomorrow. Thank you.


Maggie February 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

Emma! You’re the one who worked some serious magic, your creation sounds amazing! I’m flying to Aussie for preschool 🙂
Thanks for the love!
Have a great week.


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