Easy crispy rice treats stuffed with a layer of runny caramel. You'll never believe they're free from dairy and gluten. Recipe includes a vegan option too.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of the dairy free butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add 2 cups of marshmallows and stir until they are melted with no lumps.
- Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tsp of vanilla then gently fold in 3 cups of cereal until it is well-combined with the marshmallows.
- Using wet hands, press this mixture evenly into the bottom of a 7x11 inch casserole dish and set aside.
- Unwrap the caramels and add them along with the sweetened condensed coconut milk to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir often to avoid burning. Once this has turned to a completely smooth sauce, pour over the cereal layer.
- Make your top cereal layer by repeating steps 1 and 2. Distribute this evenly over the caramel layer and pat down with wet hands.
- Once the treats have cooled down, they will firm up and hold their shape when cut. Cut into squares and serve.
Cocomels were used to test this recipe which do not contain any dairy but they are made on shared equipment with other dairy products as well as peanut, tree nuts, and soy protein (according to their website, the equipment is "purged" before production). If you react to traces of dairy or these other allergens, you might try replacing the caramels with this recipe for top 8 free caramels. I haven't tested this but I believe it will work just fine.
All of the "specialty" ingredients (gluten free, dairy free, vegan) in this recipe are 1:1 substitutes for their traditional counterparts in the original recipe. So if you can eat gluten, dairy, or animal products, feel free to save some money by using a gluten containing rice cereal, sweetened condensed milk (14 oz can works fine), dairy based chewy caramels (I highly recommend Kraft brand for this), or regular gelatin marshmallows.
Don't make both cereal layers in one large batch then divide it up. The top layer will cool and firm up before you can layer it on which will make the caramel seep out when you press it down. However, if you're looking to save some time and are good at multitasking in the kitchen, it won't hurt to make the bottom cereal layer and the caramel layer at the same time.