Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats
I am a total kid at heart when it comes to Rice Krispies treats. I’ve always loved the gooey, crispy treats and never turn them down if I have the opportunity to eat one. Recently, I had lunch at Noodles & Company where I always, always get one of their enormous snickerdoodle cookies. Last week, however, I was lured away from the snickerdoodle by the massive Rice Krispies treats that were stacked right next to the cookies. Getting a Rice Krispies treat that day was a very good decision. Ever since then, I’ve been craving more and since it’s not exactly convenient to pop into Noodles everyday, I decided to make a batch at home; it has been a few months since my Snickers Rice Krispies Treats, after all. With the holiday weekend approaching, I wanted to make a flavor combination that celebrated summer. Rocky road is a quintessential ice cream flavor and, as it turns out, it makes for one heck of a Rice Krispies treat!
I fashioned these treats after the rocky road ice cream concoction from Marble Slab Creamery, which featured a dark chocolate ice cream mixed together with miniature marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. To make the Rice Krispies treats, I added Dutch-process cocoa powder to the butter and marshmallow mixture, along with some almond butter, since almonds are traditionally used in rocky road ice cream. To the mixture, I threw in more (unmelted) mini marshmallows, miniature chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. You could play around with whatever you’d like – different nut butters, different types of nuts, etc.
If you’re hosting or going to a Memorial Day party, these would be a perfect easy snack. Really, Rice Krispies treats are good anytime of year, for any occasion!
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Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 10 ounce (283.5 g) + 2 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
- ¼ cup (21.5 g) Dutch-process cocoa powder
- ½ cup (125 g) almond butter
- 6 cups (168 g) Rice Krispies
- 1 cup (117 g) chopped walnuts
- 1 cup (180 g) mini chocolate chips
- Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
- Melt the butter, the bag of marshmallows and cocoa powder together in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, stir in the almond butter and remove from the heat.
- Stir in the Rice Krispies until they are evenly coated with the sauce. Working quickly, stir in the remaining 2 cups marshmallows, walnuts and mini chocolate chips, mixing as gently as possible.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Use the back of a greased wooden spoon to press down firmly over the surface of the treats to ensure that they are packed down tightly.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until set. Cut into bars and serve. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator (room temperature for softer, more gooey bars; refrigerator for firmer bars).
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Hi Michelle! WOW! This looks delicious. The almond butter must really add some extra flavour. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy finding Almond butter where I live. Do you have any suggestions on what could make a good substitute?
Hi Chris, You could use any type of nut butter (including peanut butter). Enjoy!
Made these tonight as a surprise treat for my husband, he loves RIce Krispy Treats. And they were the first time my son has ever had them:) and yes, a total hit:) thank you! I actually ended up making my own almond butter which is not hard if you have a bag of almonds and a food processor.
Yummy these look adorable.
The first time I tried making these I had issues. Once I toasted the marshmallows, they didn’t really want to be melted together over the stove. I got this weird gooey blob with random crunchy bits. Hmm… So my second batch I put the marshmallows straight from the broiler into the rice krispies. Much better. To compensate for the lack of butter in the recipe, I upped the amount of marshmallows relative to the amount of rice krispies. Perfect. Situation remedied. I considered throwing in some chocolate and graham crackers to make them taste like s’mores, but I really wanted to focus on the flavor of the toasted marshmallows. They need their time to shine you know? We’ll have to save all those other mix-ins for another day. So you need to go try these. ASAP. I honestly don’t think a rice krispy treat can get any simpler. Bonus they taste delicious. You’ll be reminiscing about you’re last campfire cookout… just minus all the dirt and smoke and mess. Win-win!
What great flavour combinations, all the best treats in one!
The almond butter must take these wonderful looking treats right over the top of delicious!
Love this recipe! All that’s missing is the ice cream :D
I always find Rice Krispies treats difficult to photograph–you made them look amazing!
I love Rice Krispies treats too! I am now craving them and will have to make a batch since it’s been awhile since I’ve had some. With this and the dirt dessert, you’re bringing me back to childhood this week :)
I’ve tried so many different flavors of Rice Krispies treats and I NEVER get tired of finding new ones! S’mores always make me think of crackling campfires, crickets, and humid summer nights.. thanks for sharing!
I need to try this ASAP! :)
Rice krispies are just happy food! I love that you made them rocky road!
Rocky road krispies treats? Those are so genius! I love this concept!
What a great treat for summer! Love all the flavors, and how easy they are!
Rice Krispie Treats really take me back. Unfortunately, the only type of Rice Krispie treats we had back then were original or peanut butter. Nowadays, anything goes! These look amazing, Michelle.
I practically grew up on Rice Krispies and I love trying new versions. I LOVE adding the unmelted marshmallows in there too. Such a great additional texture.
This is a pretty good idea!! I love changing up the original krispy treat!
Rocky road. One of my all-time favorites! These look wonderful Michelle.
oh my! I need these for this weekend! What a great recipe! Thanks :)
These sound and would be eaten in like 1 minutes around here! My mom is a huge rocky road fan and so am I! YUM!
A great take on rice krispie treats! I love it!
These look absolutely delicious! I love the flavour combination!
These look delicious….I love rocky road candy and Rice Krispie treats. This is the best of both worlds!
I like rocky road anything! Yum!
Eek these look delicious. I just love rice crispies! :)
Things sound good. Might take these to a family reunion this summer minus the nuts. I would love the nuts but for some reason anyone under 30 will not eat nuts in part of family.
I love Rice krispies Treats.. and just the idea of melting cocoa and marshmallows with almond butter had my mouth watering.. mmmmm.. the only thing I´m not sure where I would find almond butter here in the Canary Islands (Spain).. Could I use normal butter instead and add chopped almonds instead..? Or perhaps I could mix almond extract with my butter beforehand..?
Hi Johlene, If you can’t find almond butter, I would substitute regular peanut butter or cashew butter or sunbutter (if you have those). You can definitely do chopped almonds instead of walnuts.
Thanks for responding Michelle!
I´m going to try to substitute the walnuts with chopped almonds.. if that doesn´t work I´ll try peanut butter because it´s available here in most supermarkets.. (not so sure about the cashew or sunbutter..hehe).
Take care, Johlene X
These remind me of my childhood when I tried to make them by myself and made a mess, I will make them tomorrow!
I was wondering… have you ever made your own ice cream cones? I’d love to see a recipe here, everything you make seems to be foolproof :D
Hi Laura, I haven’t yet, but I’ve been wanting to. I’ll be sure to share as soon as I master them!
I’m a big Rice Krispies lover too! I’ve been craving some so I think this is the route I need to take… these look so good!
How fun, love the rocky road spin on rice krispies!
I’ve made chocolate RKTreats before using Cocoa Krispies and adding in choc chips, but am loving your idea of marshmallows melted with cocoa powder and almond butter! That sounds wonderful! I am a huuuuuuge RKT lover and always love seeing new twists!