Low Nickel Rice Krispies Treats

Prepare to lick your fingers clean with this gooey low nickel treat that only takes a short time to cook and cool before it’s in your mouth. When I crave a low nickel sweet treat I turn to this all-time favorite rice Krispies treat recipe that was one of the first dessert recipes I made as a child.

Not eating marshmallows very often, I savor roasting them in a campfire while I enjoy sticky caramel marshmallow smores and when I cook this recipe. Low in nickel, Kraft’s Jet-Puffed marshmallows contain corn syrup, modified cornstarch, dextrose, water, contains less than 2% of gelatin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate (whipping aid) natural and artificial flavor, blue 1. If you prefer to make your own marshmallows, it requires a little more preparation, and Ashlee Marie’s Homemade Marshmallow Recipe is a great alternative. 

Returning from vacation in Glenwood Springs, Colorado we stayed at the Best Western hotel, where they served Rice Krispies cereal at the continental breakfast. As a cereal girl myself, I ate Cheerios routinely for nearly 20 years before my systemic nickel allergy syndrome diagnosis. High in oats, I had to find a crunchy low nickel alternative. Luckily Rice Krispies, Rice Chex and Kix have provided my breakfast relief. Eating Rice Krispies cereal at the hotel inspired me to cook this sweet treat!

When I am on vacation, I try my best to follow the low nickel diet and appreciate exploring my new destination. This trip we took the Amtrak train, which was an entire adventure in an of itself. When my stomach starts to growl, my brain is always questioning whether or not I can safely eat the options in front of me. I’ve gone hungry too many times or eaten something higher in nickel to understand the importance of planning ahead and packing some low nickel snacks.

Yet I’m still human and this trip once during lunch I forgot to ask about whether or not the bread for  my steak sandwich choices contained soy. My skin is just now starting to finally not scream at me! Choosing to not punish myself, I made these low nickel rice krispies treats.

The rice krispies should easily fall out of the pyrex dish if you spray the dish with olive oil.

I find it’s easier to cut up the rice krispies treats by flipping the Pyrex pan upside down on parchment paper.

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Low Nickel Rice Krispies Treats

Christy Cushing at https://nickelfoodallergy.com/
Prepare to lick your fingers clean with this gooey low nickel treat that only takes a few minutes to cook and cool before it's in your mouth. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rice krispies squares


  • olive oil spray
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispies toasted rice cereal


  • Lightly spray your pyrex glass container with olive oil cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Measure out 4 cups of marshmallows and place them in a small bowl and then also measure out 6 cups of rice krispies cereal and place them in a large bowl, so you are able to quickly add both ingredients when the butter melts.
  • Cut up the 4 Tablespoons butter into smaller sized squares, so it melts quicker and place it in a large ceramic saucepan on medium heat. Stir the butter constantly, allowing it to melt fast, but does not burn.
  • When the butter melts, immediately add the marshmallows and stir them constantly using a wooden spoon until they lose their shape. This process should only take a couple minutes. 
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and mix in the rice krispies cereal, coating the cereal in the butter marshmallow syrup mixture.
  • Pour the coated rice krispie treats in your pre-sprayed Pyrex container and use a flat spatula to spread it carefully spread out the cooked rice krispies treats evenly within the glass container.
  • Let them cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting them into squares. I find it's easier to cut up the rice krispies treats by flipping the Pyrex pan upside down on parchment paper.
  • Enjoy immediately or store your uneaten rice krispies treats in the Pyrex with plastic wrap covering to keep them moist.


Preparation is key to this quick and easy recipe, which is much easier to make if you pre-measure out the cereal and marshmallows into bowls allowing you to pour them both into the saucepan.
Keyword low nickel desserts, low nickel recipes, rice krispies treats, nickel food allergy
    1. Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for your comment. This recipe is very delicious and low nickel. Technically gelatin is listed on some lists as higher in nickel. You can make your own marshmallows using the recipe I suggest. It does contain 3 Tablespoons of gelatin, but that’s a small amount compared to the 3 cups sugar, 1.5 cups water, etc. There are vegan marshmallows without gelatin, but they all seem to use soy protein as the binding agent instead, which doesn’t work out for our allergy. It’s up to you whether or not you want to try the recipe.
      Warm regards,

    1. Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for your comment. It appears the ingredients for Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme could work. Have you tried it? If so, how did it go, both in terms of whether you reacted to it and how it tasted?
      Warm regards,

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