Spring is here and with Easter coming up this Sunday, I felt there was no better way to celebrate than with some carrot-shaped treats. For some reason, rice crispy treats just feel like springtime to me. They are right in between wintertime baked goods and summertime frozen goods. I wanted to experiment with using chickpea liquid as a replacement for marshmallows in the treats, but couldn’t find the time. I ended using homemade cashew butter as a binder. And not sure if it were necessary, but I added agar powder as well. I was concerned the cashew butter wouldn’t be firm enough.


Matcha and Paprika Food Coloring
Matcha and paprika/turmeric as natural food coloring


Naturally coloring the treats didn’t exactly go as planned. When I originally thought about making carrot-shaped rice crispy treats for Easter, I had wanted to use carrot puree and spinach puree. However, when I tried a batch with carrot puree, the outcome left little to be desired. Because of the high moisture content, it made the rice crispy treats soggy. I was left with no choice but to use natural food coloring in powder form. I’ve seen people recommend paprika for orange food coloring, but considering how red it is, I decided to add some turmeric to give the “carrots” a bit more yellow. Next time around, I would like to try coloring the treats with carrot powder.


Rice Crispy Treats Cut into Carrots
Rice crispy treats getting cut into carrot shapes


These brown rice crispy treats are best eaten within 2 days of them being made. They start losing their crispiness by the third day. These can be eaten as a snack between meals or a treat for breakfast. You will feel less guilty eating these, especially since you have control of how much sugar to add. A half cup of maple syrup was the perfect amount of sweetness for my family, but if that is too much for you, you may reduce it to a quarter cup.


Carrot Shaped Rice Crispy Treats {Vegan, Gluten Free}

This is a recipe for vegan rice crispy treats without marshmallows and without corn syrup. Crispy brown rice cereal is used for a healthier alternative. Paprika, turmeric, and matcha powder are used as food coloring to dye the treats orange and green. These carrot-shaped treats are perfect for springtime and for the Easter bunny!

Yield: 6 carrot shaped rice crispy treats

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Rice Crispy Treats
  • ½ cup cashew butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp agar powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 4 cups crispy brown rice cereal
Orange Color (optional)
  • 1 tsp annatto powder
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
Green Color (optional)
  • ½ tsp matcha powder
Cashew Mixture
  1. Combine cashew butter, maple syrup, and agar powder in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Stir the mixture until agar melts and all the ingredients are blended.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add vanilla and almond extract.
Carrot Color (optional)
  1. Split the cashew mixture into two bowls. One with ¾ cup of the mixture and the other with ¼ cup of the mixture.
  2. Add the orange food coloring to the ¾ cup mixture and mix well. Add the green food coloring to the ¼ cup mixture and mix well.
Rice Crispy Treats
  1. Add the cereal to the cashew mixture. If making carrot shaped treats, add 3 cups of cereal to the orange mix and 1 cup of cereal to the green mix.
  2. Firmly press the rice crispy treats into a lightly greased 8 x 8 in (20 cm) square baking pan. If making carrot shaped treats, press the treats into a lightly greased 13 x 9 in (32 x 22 cm) rectangular baking pan. Place the colors on opposites with a small gap between them. The green color should measure about 9 x 2 in (22 x 5 cm), where the 2 in (5 cm) will be the same width as the carrot top.
  3. Refrigerate the rice crispy treats for at least an hour.
  4. Cut rice crispy treats as desired. For carrots, cut the green treats width-wise into 6 equal rectangles. Cut the orange treats into 6 triangles.
  5. Store the rice crispy treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator and take out right before serving.

  1. To avoid getting your hands sticky, lightly grease the back of a spoon to press the treats into the pan.