No-Bake Crisp Rice Cereal Treats by Trader Joes (Vegan-Friendly)

READY IN: 10mins
YIELD: 16 squares


  • 12
    cup brown sugar (can substitute cane sugar, like "Sucanat")
  • 12
    cup agave syrup (I used light, not dark amber agave syrup)
  • chocolate chips (optional)
  • 7
    cups Rice Krispies
  • nonpareils (aka sprinkles) (optional)


  • Tip: to make measuring the agave syrup and peanut butter easier, grease inside the entire measuring cup first (I use a glass measuring cup). That way, the syrup and butter will slide right out.
  • Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  • Combine the brown sugar and agave syrup in a preferably non-stick saucepan.
  • Bring *just* to a boil; stirring often with a non-stick utensil.
  • Continue to stir until the brown sugar has dissolved. Remove carefully from heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the brown sugar mixture with the peanut butter or seed/nut butter of choice. Mix well. If using, add the chips, too while the mixture is still very hot.
  • Add the Rice Krispies-type cereal and stir together.
  • Press the mixture into the baking pan. If desired, decorate the top of the treats with Holiday sprinkles/non pareils.
  • Cover and refrigerate for several hours to cool and harden. Tip: to harden more quickly, cover well and place in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice into squares.