I was cleaning out my cupboards the other day and was pleased to discover a box of gluten-free rice cereal. I was immediately overwhelmed with memories of sweet, chewy, delicious Rice Krispie Squares. I loved Rice Krispie Squares so much that I went through a stage where I would actually just melt marshmallows in the microwave, stir in Rice Krispies and eat it straight from the bowl. Although it was delicious at the time, I realize this was a really gross habit. I’m pleased that I have grown out of that stage. Now I prefer a less sugary treat and one with more flavour. And wow, do these treats ever have flavour:

Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Rice Squares

Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Rice Squares

Who needs Nutella when you can have all the flavour without all the added sugar and additives. These chewy treats are the perfect balance of chocolate, hazelnut and sweetness. 

Serves 12


  • 4 cups gluten-free Crispy Rice Cereal
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)


  1. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper, using a drop of oil to help the paper stay in place, and leaving an overhang of paper so the bars can be easily removed.
  2. Place dates in a 1/2 cup dry-measure measuring cup. Pour water over the dates until the measuring cup is full. Let dates soak for at least 10 minutes. Puree until smooth (I used my magic bullet). 
  3. In a large bowl cream together chia seeds, date puree, hazelnut butter and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the cacao powder and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add rice cereal, one cup at a time, until all the cereal is well coated.
  6. Transfer mixture to the lined baking dish and use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly throughout the dish and smooth the top.
  7. Place in freezer for 30-60 minutes. Remove from freezer and place them in the fridge until they are ready to be served. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge or freezer.

xoxo Erin

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 123, Fat: 5.8 g (0.5 g saturated), Carbohydrates: 16.8 g, Fiber: 2.8 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 2.8 g

Nutritional information is based off of serving size of 1 square (1/12th of recipe). Nutritional information was calculated using this.

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UPDATE! This recipe has been shared at Healthy Vegan Friday5 Ingredient MondaysSlightly Indulgent TuesdaysGluten-Free Fridays and Try a New Recipe Tuesday.



5 thoughts on “CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT CRISPY RICE SQUARES- Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

  1. Oh, these look GREAT!! I hope you stop by Gluten Free Fridays this week to link up this yummy recipe! It will be live Thursday evening at 7:05 pm! We are having a Gluten Free giveaway this week to one lucky person! Hope to see you there! Cindy 🙂

  2. ooooohhhh yum! 🙂 I have this on my to make list! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Party starts tomorrow night (thursday) at 7:05 pm eastern time! Hope to see you there!

    Cindy from

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