Rice Krispies are NOT gluten-free, but here are a few gluten-free crisp rice cereal brands that are perfect for gluten-free Rice Krispies treats, no-bake treats, and more.
Navigating the world of gluten-free baking and eating is, in some ways, like learning a whole new language. There are some things that are obviously NOT gluten-free—things like wheat bread, or most kinds of pasta.
But then, there are things that have sneaky gluten in them. Things you wouldn’t normally expect, like chicken broth, or seasoning mixes, or RICE KRISPIES!
I remember being totally shocked at learning that this crisp rice cereal was NOT gluten-free. Isn’t it just made of rice?
Newp. No it is not.
In the United States, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies brand crisp rice cereal is NOT gluten-free, since it’s made with malt syrup, which is derived from barley and contains gluten.
But never fear! There ARE some gluten-free crisp rice cereal brands out there in grocery stores that can help you satisfy your Rice Krispies treats cravings with the same snap crackle pop you love! Let’s get to it!
Gluten-Free Rice Krispies, At A Glance:
Are Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Gluten-Free?
No. In the U.S., Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal is NOT gluten-free. It’s made with malt syrup, which is made from barley and contains gluten. It is not safe to eat for individuals with gluten intolerance, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or Celiac disease.
For a while, Kellogg’s DID carry a variety of gluten-free Rice Krispies, but they discontinued them in the United States, reporting difficulty of making it and low interest. So where can you find a gluten-free version of this classic cereal that does NOT have gluten ingredients? Glad you asked…
What Ingredients Should I Watch Out For In Rice Krispies?
If you have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and need to follow a gluten-free diet, the biggest ingredients to keep an eye out for are malt syrup or malt flavoring (which is made from barley–a gluten-containing grain). Look for whole grain rice or brown rice cereal or simple ingredients like rice, sugar, and salt. Some brands add minerals, vitamins (like folic acid or B vitamins), or preservatives like bht.
Then, check for an allergen statement, or a “may contain” statement on the ingredient label. These will usually give you an idea about whether the cereal was made in a facility that also processes wheat or if there are any other potential allergens present (such as nuts, dairy, etc.) which could cause cross contamination.
For best results, choose one of of these certified gluten-free brands to avoid gluten-containing ingredients…
What Brands Of Rice Krispies ARE Gluten-Free?
So now that you know which brands AREN’T gluten-free, which crisp rice cereal brands ARE gluten-free and made from gluten-free ingredients? The formulations change all the time, but 4 of our favorite gluten-free Rice Krispies brands are:
- Barbara’s Organic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal
- One Degree Brown Rice Crisps Cereal
- Nature’s Path Crispy Rice Cereal
- Aldi Crispy Rice
Barbara’s Organic Crisp Rice Cereal
- At A Glance: High quality ingredients, no corn syrup, great texture. Our all-around favorite!
- Cost: $4.19-5.99
- Where To Buy: Sprouts, Amazon, Walmart, Natural Grocer’s, Vitacost
Barbara’s is our go-to gluten-free crisp rice cereal, simply because its the easiest for us to find. Barbara’s crisp rice cereal is made from brown rice, so the color is slightly darker, even though it has a delicate crisp texture like the white-rice-based Rice Krispies brand.
One Degree Brown Rice Crisps Cereal
- At A Glance: Sprouted, so easier to digest, more puffed and rounded in appearance
- Price: $4.99-5.99
- Where To Buy: Sprouts, Thrive Market, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, Vitacost
One Degree specializes in sprouted grains. Sprouting is considered to make grains more easily digestible and gentle on your body. I don’t notice any difference in flavor myself, but these are a great option when I’m in the mood to bake! This gluten-free cereal has delicately sweet and has a light, crisp texture you’re looking for in gluten-free Rice Krispies.
Nature’s Path Crispy Rice Cereal
- At A Glance: Smallest grains, round puffed shape (rather than flat), lightest in color
- Price: $4.99
- Where To Buy: Sprouts, Natural Grocers, iHerb, Walmart, Amazon
Nature’s Path is another great brand to keep an eye out for. It’s one of the only brands of gluten-free Rice Krispies that looks like white rice instead of brown rice. They’re the lightest in color. If color is super important to you, this brand IS lighter in color than other brands. I do find the individual grains are less delicate and fine than Rice Krispies brand, but it still works great for things like Rice Krispies treats or scotcheroos.
Aldi Crispy Rice Cereal
- At A Glance: Most affordable of the bunch, darkest color, great crisp texture, does contain corn syrup
- Price: $1.65
- Where To Buy: Aldi stores
Do you live by an Aldi? Their store-brand crispy rice cereal is gluten-free! Theirs is a bit sweeter than some of the others, but it’s tough to beat that price! It might be worth stocking up on, on your next visit.
Is Puffed Rice The Same As Crisp Rice?
NO! Puffed rice or rice puffs are NOT crispy at all. It’s simply been heated until it “puffs” (almost like popcorn). It’s full of air, but it does NOT have the same texture as crisp rice or Rice Krispies that have been baked or toasted. Puffed rice is NOT a good substitute in any recipe that calls for crisp rice cereal or Rice Krispies.
Are Rice Krispies Treats Gluten-Free?
Name brand Rice Krispie Treats are NOT gluten-free, since they’re made with Rice Krispies (which have barley/malt). You must use gluten-free crisp rice cereal, gluten-free marshmallows, and a butter or vegan butter/dairy-free butter that works for your dietary needs. Try our Gluten-Free Rice Krispies Treats recipe next time you’re craving this classic dessert. They’re a hit with kids and grown-ups alike!
Gluten-Free Rice Krispies Recipes To Try:
- Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats
- Fruity Pebbles Treats
- Gluten-Free (Un) Fried Ice Cream
- Gluten-Free Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats – One Lovely Life
- Classic Gluten-Free Rice Krispies Treats – Mama Shire
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars – These have the best texture!
- Toasted Marshmallow Treats – One Lovely Life