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Lemon Rice Krispie Treats (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

A burst of bright lemon yum in every bite. You’re going to love these easy homemade lemon rice krispie treats. They are the perfect treat for all the lemon lovers in your life. Bonus: the recipe can be made gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, or just plain “regular.”

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Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

The Best Lemon Rice Krispie Treats

Butter, marshmallows, rice cereal, and lemon. What is not to love about that award-winning sweet, citrusy, crispy, and crunchy combination? A thick, bakery-style rice krispie treat, this easy recipe comes together in 10 minutes and 1 bowl. You’re welcome.

With a delicious lemon twist on the classic rice krispie marshmallow square, you’ll be head over heels in love, and here’s why.

So Easy To Make – 6 ingredients and 10 minutes to make.

Perfect For Any Occasion – Whether it’s a birthday party, classroom celebration, or friend and family get-together, these simple lemon rice krispy treats feed a crowd and are enjoyed by all.

Not Too Sweet – Not too sweet and so much yummy lemon; they are perfectly balanced.

Dietary/Lifestyle Friendly – Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, lactose-free, egg-free, or “regular” this recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your specific lifestyle and/or dietary needs.

Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

Lemon Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients & Substitutions

As always this recipe is gluten-free and vegan. That said, I do test each recipe with “regular” ingredients and make notes of alternatives or swaps so that everyone can enjoy it. 

Here are a few key ingredients for these squares, but scroll to the bottom recipe card for the complete ingredient list.

Rice Cereal: I used Nature’s Path gluten-free and vegan puffed brown rice cereal. Gluten-free Rice Chex is also phenomenal in this recipe. If you are not gluten-free regular Rice Krispies Cereal will work.

Butter: I enjoy baking with Becel plant-based bricks but any dairy-free/vegan butter substitute will work. Coconut oil would also work. Use regular salted butter if you are not vegan or dairy-free.

Mini Marshmallows: 10 cups may seem like a lot, but trust me when I say it’s the perfect marshmallow-to-rice cereal ratio. Dandies is my go-to vegan marshmallow brand. You can also use large marshmallows just make sure you go by weight versus cup measurement.

Lemon Pudding Mix: Essential to these no-bake squares. Double-check the brand you are using to make sure it’s gluten-free and vegan if needed. I like using Jell-O.

White Chocolate Chips: Pascha is my favorite vegan chocolate but Enjoy Life also has dairy-free chocolate chips. If you are not dairy-free or vegan, use regular white chocolate chips.

Salt: Coarse sea salt adds a fabulous texture element, but whatever is in your pantry will work.

Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

Lemon Rice Krispie Treat Tips & Tricks

Let’s double-check all our no-bake rice krispie lemon treat bases to ensure we have the most incredible life-changing gluten-free and vegan sweet treat.

Measure Everything First: Because these extra ooey gooey marshmallowy squares come together so quickly, you’ll want to have everything measured out and ready to go when you start.

Prepared Pan: Sticky, in the best way possible, ensure the pan is prepared with non-stick baking spray and parchment paper for easy removal.

Be Gentle: In everything, be gentle. Gently stir the ingredients together and, again, very gently spread the strawberry rice krispie treats into the pan. Don’t pack them down, a gentle press down to even the top is sufficient.

Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

Step By Step Instructions

1: In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and 8 cups of marshmallows and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir. Return to the microwave for 1 more minute.

2: Add in the rice cereal, lemon pudding mix, and salt and gently stir until fully melted and combined. Allow the mixture to cool for 1 minute.

3: Stir in the remaining 2 cups of marshmallows and chocolate chips and gently fold until combined. Note: Too much mixing and the chocolate chips will begin to melt.

4: Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and gently spread evenly.

Pro Tip: I give my hands a little spray of non-stick baking spray and gently pat the rice krispie treats down by hand without the sticky mess.

5: Top with melted chocolate and lemon zest if desired. Allow the lemon rice krispie treats to cool to room temperature (approximately 30-40 minutes) before serving.

6: Slice, serve, and devour!

Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

How To Store Lemon Rice Krispie Treats

Store this luscious lemon rice krispie treat in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

To freeze, I recommend slicing them up first and then tightly wrapping them individually or all together with plastic wrap and storing them in an airtight container.

A slow thaw is best, so pop those lemon rice krispie treats in the fridge overnight to keep as much moisture as possible.

Lemon Rice Krispie Square FAQs

Can I substitute a different instant pudding mix?

Absolutely! Pick whatever flavor of instant pudding mix you like! Just ensure the quantity is the same as listed below on the recipe card. I think banana or butterscotch would be phenomenal.

Can I Double This Recipe?

Double it. Triple it. Heck, you could even quadruple it!

Help! Everything Is So Sticky!

Because these are the most ooey-gooey of marshmallow rice krispie squares, stickiness is inevitable. Ensure your pan is properly prepared ahead of time with non-stick baking spray and parchment paper for easy removal.

For instance, I will give my hands a quick spray with the non-stick baking spray when I gently press the treats down in the pan to prevent my hands from sticking. It works like a charm!

Can I Make This In A 9×13 Pan?

Yes, you can make this recipe as is in a 9×13-inch pan. As a result, you’ll end up with more lemon rice cereal squares because they will be thinner. 

Do I have To Use White Chocolate Chips?

If you are not a chocolate fan, omit the white chocolate chips entirely. Or better yet, swap them for something you do like such as almonds, pistachios, sprinkles, dried blueberries, or coconut. The possibilities are endless.

Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

The Easiest Lemon Rice Krispie Squares

The most scrumptious lemon twist on the classic rice krispie treat. Ooey-gooey and made in only 10 minutes, these easy lemon rice krispie treats are a fun flavorful take on the traditional no-bake treat.

With an adaptable ingredient list, you can tailor this recipe to suit all dietary and lifestyle needs creating an amazing no-bake lemon square that everyone can enjoy.

I would love to know if you make these tasty lemon rice krispie treats recipe. If you do, tag me on social media @cakedbykatie and leave this recipe a 5-star rating and review below. I can’t wait to see it!

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Bright yellow lemon rice krispie treats with bright white marshmallows and white chocolate drizzled on top.

Lemon Rice Krispie Treats (Gluten-Free & Vegan)


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  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 16 large squares 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A burst of bright lemon yum in every bite. You’re going to love these easy homemade lemon rice krispie treats. They are the perfect treat for all the lemon lovers in your life. Bonus: the recipe can be made gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, or just plain “regular.”


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup (113g) dairy-free salted butter
  • 10 cups (450g) mini marshmallows, divided (8cups/2cups)
  • 6 cups (192g) gluten-free rice cereal
  • 1 package (99g) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup (168g) vegan white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • optional: melted white chocolate and lemon zest for topping

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray and parchment paper.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and 8 cups of mini marshmallows and cook on high heat for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and gently stir.
  3. Heat the butter and marshmallow mixture for one more minute in the microwave. Remove from the microwave and gently stir until entirely melted.
  4. Add in the rice cereal, lemon pudding mix, and salt and gently stir until combined. Allow the mixture to cool for 1 minute.
  5. Gently fold in the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows and chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  6. Place the mixture into the prepared pan and very gently spread and press down evenly.
  7. Top with a drizzle of melted chocolate and lemon zest if desired.
  8. Allow to fully cool and set before slicing. Enjoy!
  9. Store leftover treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Squares
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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