Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
These Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats are a twist on the classic rice krispies, and get an upgrade with real strawberries and white chocolate chips! These cereal treats store well and are perfect for bake sales and gifts.
I think I may care about rice krispie treats far more than the average person, but I seriously love them.
It is an absurdly simple dessert to make, but there’s some kind of magic when you combine marshmallows, crisp rice cereal, and butter. I may be a little biased because I love all rice-based desserts (hello Rice Pudding), but there’s a reason these desserts are so popular.
There’s nothing wrong with a classic rice krispie treat made with those three ingredients, but sometimes I like to jazz it up a bit.
I’ve done Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, and now I’m pretty excited about a new version I recently tested, with strawberries and white chocolate.
In order to make this treat work, we’re going to use freeze dried strawberries. This is essential for having real strawberry flavor. Using strawberry extract isn’t enough, and I’m not a fan of strawberry jello.
Adding fresh strawberries also doesn’t work with flavor, texture (soppy mess), or storage, but freeze dried strawberries work wonderfully.
If you’ve never had freeze dried fruit, these days it is widely available at grocery stores. It is such a great way to add a fruity twist to this classic treat, to buttercream, and many other dessert recipes.
Trader Joe’s has a reasonably priced and wide selection of freeze dried fruits (right where the dried fruits and nuts are) that includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mangos, apples, etc. My local Whole Foods grocery store has a big selection too.
If you taste freeze dried fruit out of the bag, it has a crisp/crunchy texture, which goes perfectly with the crisp rice cereal. Though I do find that they soften up a little bit, in a pleasant way, after being mixed with the butter and marshmallow.
Step by Step Overview:
To get started, melt a few tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat in a large pot or pan that’s nonstick:
Add a 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows to the pan:
Cook over medium low heat for a few minutes until the marshmallows melt down, stirring frequently with a silicone or rubber spatula:
Turn off the heat, then add crisp rice cereal:
Having bought different brands of this kind of cereal, I recommend going with the name brand rice krispies cereal, if possible. Some of the alternative brands are made with brown rice and have a different flavor.
Next add more mini marshmallows, freeze dried strawberries, and white chocolate chips to the cereal mixture:
If you’re looking for fresh strawberry desserts, try these Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits, Strawberry Fools, or Strawberry Cupcakes.
Stir everything around until the ingredients are evenly coated in the marshmallow:
Press the mixture into an even layer in an 8×8 pan lined with foil or parchment paper, and sprayed with oil:
Let the rice krispie treats cool for at least 20 minutes, then cut into squares:
Now you can enjoy your delicious strawberry rice krispie treats!
More Strawberry Desserts:
Here are some of my favorite recipes that also have a sweet strawberry flavor.
Recipe FAQ and Tips
Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or cover tightly with plastic wrap.
Yes, keep in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature.
Add a more pink color – Grind some of the freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor until you get a strawberry powder. This will distribute the color and flavor throughout and give you a lightly pink rice krispie treat. This is really fun for Valentine’s Day!
Add vanilla – Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract to the marshmallow mixture for extra aroma and flavor.
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Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
- 3 tbsp butter (salted or unsalted)
- 10- ounce bag + 2 cups mini marshmallows*
- 6 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1.2 ounce bag freeze-dried strawberries
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Spray a 8×8 inch foil-lined baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large nonstick pot, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the 10-ounce bag of marshmallows, and stir for a few minutes, until melted and smooth.
- Turn the heat off, then stir in the crisp rice cereal, freeze-dried strawberries, white chocolate chips, and 2 cups of marshmallows. Stir until everything is evenly distributed.
- Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan, and let cool for at least 20 minutes.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
12 Comments on “Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats”
I used freeze dried strawberries AND bananas…came out pretty good!
Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed.
This has been one of my favorites from your site. Such a fun twist on rice krispies!
Such a healthy treat! I can add it to my list of healthy and delicious snacks. Awesome recipe, Joanne!
I’ve been looking for a reason to use a bag of freeze dried strawberries, this is perfect. Especially with the Rice Krispies treats and white chocolate fans that live in this house!!!
We might be the same! I have an intense love for rise krispys- there are sooo dang good, fun to eat and easy to make.
These would seriously disappear in seconds here!
LOVE the white chocolate strawberry combo!
I would have a hard time not eating the entire batch at once!
Love that you added strawberries to these! Sounds so incredible with the white chocolate!
You sound exactly like my husband. He’s a 37 year old as obsessed with Rice Krispie Treats as your average 6 year old would be at a friend’s birthday party. Freeze dried fruit is a recent love of mine and such a great idea for these!
Love these Joanne! Perfect flavor for summer!