Nutella Rice Krispies Treats

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It’s official. Christmas is at my place this year and I couldn’t be more excited! … And slightly panicked. I also made Christmas dinner last year, but things were different. I was working a job with totally flexible hours, had a car, and was cooking for a vegetarian audience. This year, I’m working a job with less flexible hours, right up to the 23rd, do not have a car (I sold it when I moved to the city), and am cooking for veg and non-veg family. What to do? What to do? Or should I say… What to cook? What to cook?

Also, last year, I went to the Farmers’ Market, walked around, and devised my menu based upon seasonal inspiration. Our menu deviated from the traditional Christmas fare, ended up being vegan (although that wasn’t my original intention, per se), and was on the “elegant” side. Should I do the same this year? Should I go traditional? If I go traditional, will I be compared to the long lineage of wonderful cooks in my family (many of whom flavor just about everything with meat!)? Well, as you can probably tell from the many question and exclamation marks gracing this post, I had a few freak outs over this. But today I decided to embrace the uncertainty and ride it–with a giggle and a smile. I’m sure my meal will be tasty and the fam will like it. And if not, at least I’ll make Santa happy when I leave these Nutella Rice Krispies Treats out on a plate, instead of my usual chocolate chip cookies :).

Nutella Rice Krispies Treats (Printable Recipe


3 tablespoons Earth Balance (or butter/margarine)

1 16 oz. package marshmallows

1/2 cup Nutella

6 cups Cocoa Krispies

Semi-sweet chocolate–melted (optional)


*Line 9″ x 13″ baking dish with wax or parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

*Melt Earth Balance in large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and Nutella. Stir constantly until marshmallows are melted. Add rice krispies. Stir until all rice krispies are coated with the Nutella/marshmallow mixture. Press mixture into the prepped baking dish and let cool completely. Cut. Drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate (optional) and enjoy!


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Oh yeah!! Santa will put your name right at the top of the “nice” list for leaving these. You’re going to rock that Christmas dinner girl, no worries.

  2. I just love anything with nuttela,,,,my favorite spread for breakfast if i have a toast,so with rice krispies i’m suretaste great,,so yummy and crunchy 🙂

  3. These look wonderful! My grandchildren will love them and me too!!! Thanks for sharing! I am definitely bookmarking this! You will be a hit no doubt <3

  4. This looks amazing! Great to have it during tea time snack! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Oooh-these do make for a wonderful treat, all the goodness of nutella-yum! I am not sure how much luck you will have trying to keep these around until Christmas, I am sure everyone there is ready to gobble them all up. I saved this recipe-have a great day Tiffany!

  6. Nutella…mmmmmm! These sound fantastic to me. There is a restaurant in Italy where everything they make has Nutella in it.

  7. Santa will leave you some BRILLIANT pressies with these lovely treats. Sooo good 🙂 And I’m sure you’ll host a fantastic Christmas dinner. All your food is amazing, all of the time. I’m a carnivore and I’m consistently drooling over all your yummy, healthy, vegetarian cuisine!

  8. Nutella goes with anything in my book … I will give these a try!!!

  9. Make Santa happy? I think you’ve just earned a permanent spot on Santa’s ‘nice’ list, no matter how naughty you are! Wow, they look fantastic.

  10. Nutella & rice krispy treats – YUM!!! These sound fantastic. I’m going through a sugar overload during the holiday season, whats a little more right? 🙂

  11. Oh man – I just recently learned about the awesomeness that are rice krispie treats (not an American!) but with nutella? I think I’d die of bliss! Looks amazing 🙂

  12. Ohhh this is mouthwatering..i am drooling for real! What a great recipe Tiff, and that last photo I just want to grab it off the screen!:)))) Have a great week ahead…hugssss!

  13. Tiffany, Santa will leave a bulging stocking with these treats. Panic not: you will be fabulous. Serve up what you’re used to serving and the non vegetarians will suddenly want to convert, I’m sure! With all the veggie dishes you serve, you can’t fail to have them all in the palm of your hands.

  14. Those look divine! Santa is one lucky guy 😉

  15. Nutella + Rice Krispies = love. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing 😀

  16. YES! These look amazing, Tiffany!!! Good to see you blog hopping…I have a heck of a time keeping up with everyone…and I don’t work full time! Have a great week, my friend!

  17. You could just feed your guests these treats and they’d all go home thinking it was the best Christmas dinner they’d ever had!

  18. Yummm. I’ve always found Rice Krispie treats a little plain – great way to make them exciting!

  19. WOW, these look good!!!!! I can’t wait to try this one! I’m sure whatever you make for Christmas will be delicious and everyone (meat eaters and vegetarians alike) will love it!

  20. I’m drooling over these beauties. I’d give ANYTHING to reach through this screen and enjoy some!

  21. Nutella love! Wonderful Christmas treat! I would be totally freaking out about cooking dinner too, but I know you will make an amazing meal! 🙂

  22. whoa, i can’t imagine anything much better than these! good luck with all your holiday planning!

  23. These are amazing. Congrats on top 9!

  24. I think everyone who’s seen this was drooling! This looks amazingly delicious 🙂 Nutella combined with Rice Krispie Treats? I can’t think of anything better!

  25. Oh wow, just don’t know how much I am going to taste if I make this =) yummy

  26. Congratulations on Top 9 and wishing you fun and joy in the kitchen!

  27. I’m wondering how to make these vegan/vegetarian friendly. Unfortunately, most modern marshmallows have gelatin as an ingredient–but marshmallow fluff (in the jars) doesn’t. I haven’t had marshmallows in at least 20 years–which means I also can’t enjoy Rice Krispie treats! Aaargh.

    • Whole Foods has Veg-Friendly Marshmallows!

      • YAY! We’re getting one around the corner from me early 2012!
        Thank you! I’ve missed marshmallows.

        Now….shall I be able to find veg-friendly worchestshire sauce there as well?

  28. Hey Congrats on Top 9 today!! I know you will do fine for cooking for your friends and family this Christmas… even the non-veg will love your food because it’s all delicious and satisfying. 🙂 Don’t stress… just cook from your heart and you’ll do great. 🙂

  29. This looks amazing! Congrats on Top 9 today!!!

  30. stumbled on your blog via the Daily top 9. This looks sooooo yummy. I just need the marshmallows 🙂

  31. For the love of chocolate, yum! and easy too….. awesome combo……

  32. I love the use of nutella & cocoa krispies! Chocolate heaven.

  33. Love this, Tiffany!

    I really like it when people reinvent retro/classic desserts like this.

    And the Nutella? Genius.

    Congrats on Top 9!! 🙂

  34. Love Nutella! Congrats on Top 9!

  35. Who could pass up any recipe that involved Nutella… I made these last night with regular rice krispies (mis-read the recipe – woops!) and decorated them with melted white chocolate in the shapes of stars and Christmas trees. I sprinkled some silvery nonpaerils on them, too. My kids loved them. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • How exciting! I LOVE LOVE LOVE when folks try my recipes and leave comments! Glad you liked them 😀

  36. Love the idea of using chocolate Rice Krispees and of course the Nutella. Super yum for sure.

  37. Nutella and Krispy Treats?! it’s like a childhood dream come true 🙂

  38. Wow! this looks so good and so creative:) thank you for sharing this with us and have a great weeekend.

  39. Yum I love Nutella! I never thought to make it into a rice crispy treat, thanks for the recipe!! can’t wait to try!

  40. I am sure your Christmas dinner will be wonderful no matter which route you go!! Especially if these amazing treats are involved!

  41. My heart just melted. Aaw Nutella how we love you 🙂 Tiffany I’m sure your family will love whatever menu type you choose this year. Happy holidays and best wishes to you in the coming year.

  42. You’re making me hungry!!!

  43. You go girl! Cooking for veggies & meatheads is hardcore, I wouldn’t have a clue how to cook meat, they’d have to eat veggie and like it! Good luck with it all and don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Have a fabulous Christmas Tiff, besitos!!

  44. This…looks…AMAZING. Can’t wait to try it!