Sep 10, 2010

Low Fat Rice Krispy Treats




These low fat Rice Krispy treats will satisfy your sweet tooth, and your kids will enjoy them too! I replaced the butter with Smart Balance Light and used half of the required amount. I'm not a big fan of making sticky things, and I'm not sure if it gets stickier than melting marshmallows and combining them with puffed rice, but it's so worth the getting your fingers sticky for this low fat, low point dessert. No baking required! 



Skinny Rice Krispies Treats
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 16 • Serving Size: 1 piece Points: 2 pts Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 84.4 Fat: 0.7 g Protein: 0.8 g Carb: 18.9 g Fiber: 0.0 g 
  • 2 tbsp light butter spread (I used Smart Balance Light)
  • 4 cups or 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • cooking spray

Spray a 9x12-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.  

Heat a large saucepan on low heat. Melt butter spread being sure to coat the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking. Add marshmallows and melt on low flame. Stir until completely melted, then remove from heat.

Add Rice Krispies to the melted marshmallows, and stir until completely combined (this is the hardest part, do this quick before the marshmallows cool). Press into the buttered pan with wax paper and cut them into 16 pieces.

84 comments :

  1. Yum! I may have to make these when my daughter comes home for a visit. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. These look good. My husband loves rice krispy treats - I'll give these a try soon.

    I always use wax paper to press the krispies in the pan - I hate sticky fingers too!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yum! Are these soggy at all?

    ReplyDelete
  4. My fiance's mom adds almost a stick of butter to her rice crispy treats and they're fabulous. I think that skimping out on that part would make for some really hard rice crispy treats.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It doesn't! They are really good!

      Delete
    2. My MIL uses lots of butter and they get rock hard. She heats over med high heat because she's impatient. Low heat and stirring frequently ensures soft krispies. Mashmallows are candy and furthur heating makes them harder.

      Delete
  5. I will just have to give these a try! I'm linking you up to friday's favorites so I can find this recipe again.
    Thank you Skinny Gina :-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hard rice krispies or a giant butt?? I'll have the rice krispies any day!! Keep up the fabulous job Gina, your awesome!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. One of my favorite desserts! Too many carbs for me though, which is just heartbreaking!! =(

    ReplyDelete
  8. If you don't actually press the krispie treats into the pan, they stay soft. Just gently spread it throughout the pan, don't press

    ReplyDelete
  9. Actually they were pretty soft and chewy.
    Thanks for another keeper

    ReplyDelete
  10. I've never thought of using a low-fat butter substitute in these!! Great thinking!

    ReplyDelete
  11. My trick is to spray my hands with Pam, or any cooking spray and then press the mixture into the pan. It saves the use of wax paper and is quick and easy. I love rice crispy treats. We could add dark chocolate bits to this too and it wouldn't add much more points if it's a small quantity of say, mini morsels.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have been craving rice krispy treats ever since starting WW. Finally an excuse to make them! I'll be trying out this recipe this weekend, thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I tried this recipe today and they were fabulous... I used the microwave instead of the stovetop... just melted the butter substitute in the mixing bowl, then tossed the marshmallows to coat, then microwaved marshmallows for 1 min. 20 sec., stirred until they were melted, then added the rice krispies. They were yummy and SOFT... thanks for the recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Gina, I turn the bag inside out that the marshmellows come in, put my hand inside and spray it lightly with Pam. Smush everything down and throw it away! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love rice krispy treats because they are a fairly low-fat dessert! This looks great, thank you :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. awesome! I've been wanting to make these with the kids, so glad to know I can cut the butter! (I love Smart Balance)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I just made these with the cake batter flavored fruity pebbles and they are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I will for sure have to try these! yumm!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks for all the tricks you use on preventing sticky hands!! I've never tried them in the microwave, thanks for sharing!

    @Kemi- No, not soggy at all! Honestly, you would never know they are low fat.

    @Sandi- Thanks, I'll come visit!

    These aren't hard at all. And yes, I'm trying not to expand my butt! lol

    @Healthy and Homemade- Yes, these are low fat, but not low carb. Can't have everything!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I tried this recipe today and they were fabulous.I love rice crispy treats.These look good.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I've also used cheerios to make these kinds of treats...may help with the fiber content. I like mixing regular and chocolate cheerios. Wonder how they would be if I mixed regular, chocolate and the banana nut? Yum...

    ReplyDelete
  22. I just bought all the makings for this today! What a coincidence!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Made these today and they were wonderful. Taste better than store bought.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Sadly, mainstream marshmallows are not vegetarian. I did not realize this for years after ditching meat, but they contain gelatin. The recipe can be made veg by substituting vegetarian or vegan marshmallows, though!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I just made these tonight; they were delicious - a huge hit with the whole family!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I am so making a double batch of these this Thursday night for our adult Bible study. One batch for the grown ups and a second batch for the kids.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Taste okay but they are chewy and the rice crispies taste rubbery. Nice try but I'll skip this one in the future.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I always used to make them this way, but they always came out rubbery and soggy, and I couldn't figure out why! Then I read somewhere that that's what happens when you use margarine instead of butter. As soon as I switched back to using butter, they were just as I remembered. Soft yet crispy and never rubbery or soggy! Unfortunately, you don't save any calories or fat by using butter, but I don't think it's worth it to save if you're ending up with soggy rice krispie treats!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I had no problem with mine being soggy, maybe because I used such a small amount. And I brought them to a friends house and they had no idea I lightened them. Even my daughter ate them, and she would have complained Im sure!

    ReplyDelete
  30. these tasted the same as the full fat version, AWESOME! i didnt end up having the right sized pan so i ended up with 12 serving @ 3 points plus each, still worth it! another great recipe gina!

    ReplyDelete
  31. So glad you agree!!! If I thought they were just ok, I would not have posted them.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love how people LOVE to criticize but don't have las bollas to put their name to the criticism.

    Anyway, I made these and I am biased because a friend's mom used to make EXTREMELY fattening (but delicious ones!) LOL but..these were not bad. Way better then the individual ones you buy at the supermarket. Just sweet enough.

    ReplyDelete
  33. I agree with Jennistarbrite! They were just sweet enough. I usually don't like the store bought ones, but these are fantastic! REALLY sticky, but fantastic! I don't think they're gonna last the weekend :-)

    ReplyDelete
  34. what's the points if I only have a 9x13 size pan?

    ReplyDelete
  35. They are the same as long as you cut it into 16 pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I made these last night after making the cheesy zucchini enchiladas for my family. Amazing!! I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the portions and my family members ate them up real quick! In fact, my sister-in-law, who is not dieting, cleaned out the mixing bowl with a spoon!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hey Gina! I love all of your recipes! I made these Rice Krispy treats today and added green food coloring to the margarine and marshmallow mixture and had green rice krispy treats for St Patrick's Day!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Yeah that is exactly what I was looking for was a st patrick's Day treat!!! Thanks Anoymous for the idea and Gina for the awesome recipe!!! Yeah off to the store.

    ReplyDelete
  39. If you use regular size (not mini, but also not jumbo) marshmallows, how much would you use?

    ReplyDelete
  40. Go with the weight which is 10 oz.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I just made these and they are fabulous! They are a hit with my two year old daughter too! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I made these and they were great!! 10lbs. so far with you help! Keep the great recipes coming!
    -Megan

    ReplyDelete
  43. I have been making the regular Rice Krispie Treats recipe in the microwave for years. (The marshmallows come out so much lighter and fluffier in the finished bar than if you cook them on the stove). Now I'm going to lighten them up a bit and not feel a bit guilty about incorporating them into my WW program! YAY - Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  44. The first time I made these, the marshmallow coating seemed to stick on the bottom of the rice krispys? Also, if using fat free marshmallows is there a different taste ? Such an easy recipe :)

    ReplyDelete
  45. Marshmallows are always fat free, maybe it was too hot?

    ReplyDelete
  46. Cold water on your hands makes for no sticky mess, too! Just run hands under cold water and shake most of the drips off.

    ReplyDelete
  47. my hubby is sooooo gonna love these cant wait to do them :) Tanks Gina

    ReplyDelete
  48. I just got finished making these for my boyfriend and I. They came out great!!! The taste is fantastic, just as if they were made with a stick of butter. Browsing through the comments was super helpful as well! I didn't realize that we were lacking wax paper until too late. I spray my hand and knuckles and pressed them down without sticking. Love your website and your fabulous recipes! Thank you!!

    - Nikki

    ReplyDelete
  49. These came out super soggy FYI. I am an avid baker, and these didn't do the trick. Sorry. Not a great recipe. I'll stick with the butter version and eat less! :)

    ReplyDelete
  50. Not sure what went wrong on your end, no one ever knows mine are light, could be the butter you used.

    ReplyDelete
  51. for a more sophisticated, adult rice krispy: add a little cinnamon and some chopped almonds.

    ReplyDelete
  52. I also use Barabaras brown rice Krispie cereal to make them gluten free

    ReplyDelete
  53. These were awesome! As a matter of fact, they came out more fluffy than when I make them the usual way! I almost wish they weren't this good...I ate more points than I should have!

    ReplyDelete
  54. I don't like the ingredients in most margarines, it's really not good for you. I keep my canola oil in a squirt bottle, the type you can buy for ketchup and mustard. I just squirt the inside of a glass bowl with the oil, it's probably about a tablespoon, then toss the marshmallows in and put it in the microwave. I use minis so it only takes a minute for them to puff up, then just stir a few times until smooth. If you microwave them too long they start to dry out and get too hard/chewy. I also add a splash of vanilla to the marshmallow, then just follow the rest of the directions as you've posted!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Made these the other day and fell in LOVE!! I am a big fan of rice krispie treats and these totally hit the spot. Loved how fluffy the marshmallows were and mine were not that sticky. I added a small amount of chocolate chips for a bit of a chocolate kick and I am in heaven. Also, love that they are so big for so small a points! Will make these again and again!

    ReplyDelete
  56. I'm so glad you liked them! Chocolate I bet was great with them!

    ReplyDelete
  57. i make mine with Gluteen free rice crispies and a few dark chocolate chips YUMMY!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Right now, you can find the marshmallows in French Vanilla, Gingerbread and Peppermint flavors!

    ReplyDelete
  59. I just learned about your website and am thrilled to try so many different things!!!! Everything looks so good and simple and family friendly!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. God bless you for this website. This is helping me so much!!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Just made them ... DD loves them! I used Land O'Lakes Light Butter (not in a stick) and they came out great!

    I might try the canola oil trick from one of the posters up above sometime.

    Thanks Gina! I don't know if you realize how much we talk up this site on the WW Newbies message board! :-D

    ReplyDelete
  62. I have been making these for months. I love them. Too many marshmellows are way over rated. I am going to pass this recipe onto some of my friends trying to watch their weight.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Just made these tonight and they taste just as delicious as if you were using the real recipe with butter! I just joined weight watchers and came upon your site, I love all of your recipes and cannot wait to cook for superbowl and trick all the males with your low fat recipes! This diet will be manageable thanks to you!

    ReplyDelete
  64. I can't believe I did this. I added Better than Peanut Butter instead of the Smart Balance. My kids loved it! Should be the same points too.

    ReplyDelete
  65. I made these with Fleischmans margarine (with olive oil) and so did my own calculations for calories as I also used the large m.mallows and may have put in a bit extra. I came up with 107 per piece but oh what a good piece it was! I truly did not notice the missing butter. So soft and gooey! My son and I ate them right after so I don't know how they'll taste tomorrow....hmm I may never find out! thanks for ANOTHER successful recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Marshmallows are Not vegetarian.

    ReplyDelete
  67. My kids WILL NOT go back to packaged rice krispy treat after making these. We are making these about once a week because now my husband is eating them all:) Family favorite and I actually have my 6 and 8 yr old make them while I supervise.

    ReplyDelete
  68. These were absolutely delicious and SO EASY! I've always been hesitant to make them because they sound so crazy, but they were really great!

    I subbed in brown rice crisps that I found at Whole Foods and they were amazing! I added them into my Weight Watchers calculator and it came out to 3+ but I still totally love these!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Made these and the bangin shrimp at my good friends house tonight (she's a fellow weight watcher). Her 2.5 year old daughter helped me make these and she had so much fun. They were so good and easy to make. My friend's husband didn't even realize they were "light" - he said they were the best he had because they weren't too gooey but just perfect. Definitely will be making again!

    ReplyDelete
  70. Umm this is the normal way of making them. unless all you normally eat is super fat butter. lol...

    ReplyDelete
  71. Made these with my 4 and 6 year old. They loved them :) thanks for remining us wevcan still enjoy junk by modifying recipes w/ lighter options. :)

    ReplyDelete
  72. I used Cocoa Krispies and Blue Bonnet Lite...16 pieces @3 pts each and CHOCOLATE!

    ReplyDelete
  73. Just made these and they came out DELISH!! I added two cups of fiber one (no marshmellow adjustments or anything) and they came out soft, not soggy at all. I pressed them into a sprayed pan with wax paper, and then cut them into 20 pieces. It came out to 2 points each piece. Bigger than the WW bars, but just as many points!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Friendly FYI - marshmallows are not vegetarian, they're made with gelatin. Just in case someone makes this for a veg friend!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Friendly FYI - marshmallows are not vegetarian, they're made with gelatin. Just in case someone makes this for a veg friend!

    ReplyDelete
  76. I made it with gluten free rice crispies, low calorie/fat margarine and used a little less marshmallows =) yummy!
    Not hard at all. Delish!

    ReplyDelete
  77. Wow. I made a batch last night and everyone loved them! They were crunchy and soft at the same time. Not soggy at all! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  78. I used a low fat olive spread & also added sultanas & chopped glace cherries for added sweetness & texture. They were delicious - ate far too many. Made them to take to work & sprinkled with white choc chips before chilling.

    ReplyDelete
  79. Tried them with the sultanas & cherries, substituted 1 spoon of the spread for 2 of runny honey & added some dessicated coconut - heavenly!!

    ReplyDelete
  80. I've actually never made rice krispy treats but needed to use up a bag of marshmallows so I went looking for how to make the treats and found this recipe. They turned out perfect. No problems, not soggy, just yummy. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete

If you really like a post please share, like on FB, Stumble and give it a THUMBS UP or Pin It on Pinterest!

Comments are welcome but please keep it positive and helpful. No hyperlinks, no spam, no ads, no keywords and no personal attacks.