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Vegan Coconut Crispy Treats

Published on August 3, 2009 by   ·   13 Comments Pin It

Betcha didn’t know most marshmallows are laden with crap ingredients and (worse) horsey bones.   Talk about a treat you’d prefer your kids not eat! Gelatin is derived from the bones, skin, and organs of animals – can you say BLECH?! Many people choose not to eat gelatin for ethical, religious, and health reasons – but gelatin can also transmit BSE, Mad Cow Disease so it’s actually potentially lethal! Up until a few years ago, there were no gelatin-free marshmallows, and many of us cruelty-free gals went through ‘smore and rice crispy treat withdrawal. Then Sweet & Sara came along.

A Bounty of Sweets from Sweet and Sara!

A Bounty of Animal-Free Sweets from Sweet and Sara!

Now everyone can enjoy scrumptious, gelatin-free, vegetarian and vegan marshmallows!   Here’s a recipe for the classic, tasty treat you know and love from our Girl, Chef Aja Tahari Marsh.   This is dangerously easy to make. It makes us a little happy that the marshmallows are a bit expensive ($5.95 for an 8.5 oz package online, some stores charge more), because that’s the only thing keeping us from making these daily!



  • 3 cups Puffed Brown Rice Cereal
  • 2-3 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil (could substitute Earth Balance vegan margarine or Organic Canola Oil)
  • 1 7.5 oz. package Sweet and Sara Toasted Coconut Vegan Marshmallows (use plain if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Coconut (unsweetened), optional

DIRECTIONS: Place the cereal in a large bowl. In a small pot, gently heat the oil and the marshmallows until they melt. Pour into the bowl with the cereal, add the coconut, and gently mix with a spatula until well combined. In a 9×9 baking pan lined with parchment, pour in the crispy mixture, and press gently to even out. Allow to cool on the counter for 1-2 hours, if you can stand to wait. Cut into squares or other desired shapes and sizes, and enjoy. Dip in or pour on some melted dark chocolate if you are feeling really crazy!

Recipe via Natural Foods Chef Aja Tahari Marsh. With a focus on slow food and sustainable products, Aja has a commitment to supporting local agriculture and businesses, working with high-quality, fresh, and in-season ingredients, including as many organic products as possible. Aja studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, and works primarily as a personal chef and caterer in NYC.

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Readers Comments (13)

  1. Valerie Traina says:

    This sounds wonderful! And, yes, I did know that regular marshmallows are made from animal hooves. I’m so glad that alternatives have been created for those of us who eschew animal products.

  2. Ariela says:

    Yes! Alternatives are great! I’ll definitely pass on the horse bones and Mad Cow Disease, and eat my s’mores cruelty free!

  3. Those treats look DIVINE!!!! :)

  4. Yum!

    Trader Joe’s, my favorite budget-friendly store, sells tasty brown rice marshmallow treats. They are completely vegan.

    They even have a vegan product list:

  5. stephanie says:

    these looks amazing! sweet & sara is the BEST!

  6. YUM! I love rice crispy treats! I have such a bad sweet tooth. I’m thinking of having it pulled.

    Gelatin is disgusting – what i want to know is who the hell sat around and was like “hmm, what can i do with these bones and hooves? I know! I’ll boil them until they turn to a soupy, sticky mess and then add sugar and have Bill Cosby advertise them as fruit flavored snacks for kids!”


  7. elli says:

    Thank God. I was so bummed to hear about marshmallows being an animal derived product a few years ago. I didn’t have the heart to tell the kids I nanny for that their s’mores were deadly. Now I can bake these for them! Quite literally sweet. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Maria says:

    This is like so delish.
    I cannot get those vegan marshmallows here, but as soon as anyone I know travels North I will so ask for that!

  9. Chloe Jo says:

    Yes, you can Maria. You can mail order them in bulk, then save them in the freezer.

  10. Karen says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 years and, I swear, the ONLY thing I miss is marshmallows. I’m ordering some right now. Thanks for the heads up on this product. I’m so glad I found your site. You’re definitely being added to my bookmarks.

  11. kimsy says:

    Yay!!! I’ve missed marshmallow rice squares!

    Speaking of marshmallows, has anyone tried “Dandies” by Chicago SoyDairy? I’ve heard great things and I’m tempted to order some.

  12. Sweet & Sara says:

    Looks delicious! Anyone who orders from our site by the end of August and mentions Girlie Girl Army will get 15% off their order!

  13. I enjoy reading an article that can make men and women think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

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