Krispie treat safe for my fructose malabsorption

Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats Safe for Fructose Malabsorption

Today I made a treat for the kids, but as usual I couldn’t leave well enough alone. Gluten free rice krispie treats can be safe for TQ’s fructose malabsorption. I tested this out a few months back and he tolerated it well. The rest of his diet is really limited as far as sugars are concerned. But, to start, we tried just a tiny piece – like a 1 inch by 1 inch cube. He had no trouble. In general, he can eat a piece for dessert about 2 inches squared. This is a fun treat. Even MK likes it! My version is just a spin on the classic recipe. I doctored it a bit by adding coconut oil in place of butter and ground flax seed (which by now, you probably know I add that whenever possible). Super simple, super yummy with just a little added nutrition that no one will notice.

Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats

I used 2TB of the coconut oil and 1TB of Earth Balance (an organic, lactose free butter substitute). Coconut oil has been recently in the press about it’s health benefits. They include being an aid to healthy digestion, assisting in the absorption of key minerals, antioxidants and antimicrobial properties (meaning it can kill unwanted bacterial in your digestive system). For us, coconut oil contains no lactose – bonus. I added the Earth Balance to tone down the coconut flavor. My kids happen to like coconut – and I tested this out on our neighbors and they liked it too.


I added 6 cups rice cereal with 1/4 cup ground flax seed. I have also used quinoa bran but the flax seed is more unnoticeable. It adds fiber, protein, Omega 3s, magnesium, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol – the list goes on and on. This is a healthy little seed!

Meanwhile, the oil is melted and it’s time to add the Sarah’s Candy Factory marshmallows! The brand is important. This brand uses tapioca syrup and cane sugar with are considered low FODMAP. And I added a splash of pure vanilla.


Marshmallows are now all melted and gooey. The pan of melted marshmallow is ready to be poured over the cereal. Give it a good stir to combine.

Into a buttered (or sprayed) 9X12 pan it goes!


Here’s a tip, dampen your hands in cold water to press it into the pan, that way the gooey mess won’t stick to your hands – SO much easier.

I tossed just a handful of mini Enjoy Life allergy free chocolate chips on top.


Enjoy! My kids do! And it’s a “normal treat” for TQ to consume, share with friends and take in his lunch box. Winner.

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Krispie treat safe for my fructose malabsorption

Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats Safe for Fructose Malabsorption

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6 cups rice cereal

1/4 cup ground flax seed

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 Tablespoon Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks

1, 10 oz package of marshmallows, approximately 40 marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) 


Melt the coconut oil and Earth Balance in a saucepot. 

In a seperate bowl, mix the rice cereal and flaxseed. 

Once the coconut oil and Earth Balance is melted, add in the marshmallows and vanilla. 

Stir until the marshmallows are melted. 

Add the rice cereal mixture to the pot and mix until well incorportated. 

Using wet hands, press the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. 

Top with chocolate chips if desired and let cool before serving. 

  • Author: Karina K.
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  1. The marshmallows have dextrose listed as the fourth ingredient, but corn syrup is the first. But he does okay? I understand that the dextrose can help with absorption but I thought it had to exceed the fructose. I saw your post and got excited and told my son he can have marshmallows! But now I’m afraid.

  2. Hi! thanks for your question! My son can have a limited quantity of the marshmallow. I only use “Jet-Puffed” brand. The corn syrup does not contain added fructose.(we avoid that at all costs) The key is moderation! TQ has even been able to eat a smore in the summertime with friends.(one marshmallow with a gluten free graham and dark chocolate – I’m happy to pass along the brands) I started very, very small to make sure he was ok. The first time I made these he only got a 1 inch by 1 inch square… then we waited. I introduce everything slowly. The scary thing here is that every person reacts differently to the quantities. Oh! and I should also mention, during the day TQ has not consumed any other added sugar, that way his chances of feeling ill are lessened.

    • I really like site. My daughter isn’t as lucky with the marshmallows so we found Dandies marshmallows instead which work great.

      • Dandies marshmallows? I have never heard of them! I will absolutely look into that thank you! (always looking for alternatives!)

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