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Quinoa Krispie Treats

Total Time

10 minutes



Meal Type


Diet Type


  • 3 cups puffed quinoa or millet
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Prepare a 8x8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small pot, melt almond butter, sunbutter, honey and coconut oil.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add in puffed quinoa and stir until well incorporated.
  5. Pour almond butter mixture into prepared dish.
  6. Spread out mixture with a spatula to make an even layer in the dish. Freeze for 20 minutes or longer until set.
  7. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and cut immediately. Serve frozen.

Krispie treats: they sound so cute and friendly and yummy. It’s unfortunate that they’re essentially made of rice, sugar, butter and marshmallows — lots of it.

But what if I told you there was a way to enjoy the dessert guilt-free? Goodbye, rice krispies, hello Quinoa Krispie Treats! This healthified version replaces the rice with protein-rich quinoa and sweetens things up the natural way thanks to healing raw honey. And instead of using gobs of butter, the quinoa krispie treats are held together with almond and sunflower seed butters. Yum!

Try this new take on an old treat tonight.

Quinoa krispie treats step 1 - Dr. Axe
Start by lining an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. In a small pot, melt add the coconut oil, honey, almond butter and sunflower seed butter.

Quinoa krispie treats step 2 - Dr. Axe

Remove the pot from heat once the mixture has melted and sprinkle with the sea salt and cinnamon. Then pour it all into the waiting baking dish.

Quinoa krispie treats step 3 - Dr. Axe

Stir the puffed quinoa through the almond butter mixture, making sure all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Quinoa krispie treats step 4 - Dr. Axe

With a spatula, even out the quinoa krispie mix so it’s all level. Then place the baking pan in the freezer, letting the krispie treats set for 20 minutes or so.

Quinoa krispie treats recipe - Dr. Axe

When you’re ready to serve, remove the quinoa krispie treats from the freezer and cut immediately. Serve while still frozen.

These are healthy quinoa krispie treats are delicious and so easy to make. Kids love to help make them — and eat them, of course!

Josh Axe

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  1. Kerstin on

    Yet another delicious treat that my kids will eat as well! Only question, i popped the quinoa and it’s not as puffy or white as in your pictures. How do I puff the quinoa to be like this or where can i purchase puffed quinoa?

  2. Linda on

    I join the others? What is “puffed” quinoa? I cook with raw quinoa all the time. Do you pop it in a fat to make it puffed? Please tell us!!

  3. Stella on

    I’ve seen Puffed Quinoa in the cereal section in a co-op or whole foods store.

    My question is how well do these stand up Out of the refrigerator?
    It says serve frozen. I want to make treats for the kids to take on the, plane. I may use dates for sweetener and to hold it together

    Dr. Axe could you please answer. Thank you

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Stella,
      They hold up pretty well. You can use dates, just remember that it may change the consistency. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work though! I hope this helps! Blessings to you and yours.

  4. Edwin Bickel on

    I would say this is how they get the puffed so large compared to just heating dried quinoa up in a hot pan:

    Take a look at this video. The chef, Thierry Theys is 27 years young and already has… TWO Michelin stars. When you watch his videos you know why. In this recipe of yellowfin tuna, he puffs black wild rice in a few seconds time (go to 11.50 on the timeline).

    Good to know; the frying oil is at a very high 220°C. He uses only 20 grams of rice.

    You could substitute the coconut oil with red palm oil as well:

    This link will start at the 11 minute 42 second mark, where he puffs wild black rice in heated coconut oil:

  5. Mandeep on

    If replacing Sunflower seed butter with just Almond butter, would the almond butter quantity increase to 1.5 cups in the recipe or two different seed butters are required?


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