Gluten/Dairy Free Rice Krispies Christmas Trees

These gluten/dairy free rice krispies Christmas trees are perfect to make with the kids!

Little gingerbread houses and little Christmas trees on stands beside them on the table.

Hello friends and welcome this week… I can’t believe it, but I only have a few more posts for the season and then I will be welcoming you back for the New Year! Today I am joining Kristen at Ella Claire for Christmas Treat recipes. My treat, happens to be a childhood favorite with a small twist, Gluten/Dairy Free Rice Krispies Christmas Trees.

I have seen these trees or versions of them at various parties and thought I would love to make a version that is gluten/dairy free (for my kiddos); that could be incorporated festively throughout the holidays!

I really don’t have a long list of ingredients or directions to follow as it is that easy! I basically adjusted the recipe from the bag of marshmallows we were using (Kraft Jet Puffed). And here is what we used…

Rice Krispie Christmas trees formed and on the counter.

  • A large bag of marshmallows (16 oz). I actually used double what the recipe called for.
  • A box of Rice Cereal – we found a rice only (gf) version at our local grocery store as well (we only mixed in about 3/4 of the entire bag with a little left over)
  • 4 Tbsp. of coconut butter (this could replaced with real butter of course).
  • Green food coloring (I would play with the color though, as these turned a bit yellow, so maybe adding some blue would do the trick?).
  • Decorating additions: Icing, candy, coconut, you name it… The more the better, my kids said, haha. But of course, I kept it simple for pictures and then let them go to town later.

Now to make these iconic treats, I simply melted the butter and marshmallows over medium heat. Once melted I added the rice cereal and food coloring. I stirred on low heat until fully mixed. And let me say, I haven’t made these in awhile, but they are sticky (probably because I doubled the marshmallows)! Haha…

Please note, I got a little creative for the cone shape. I used paper lined with parchment paper, it was a bit of work. So I would suggest finding a mold if you were to make a larger batch of these. Another great idea, would be to use cookie cutters in the shape of trees. This would be just as sweet and festive.

Up close picture of the tree with frosting about to be applied.

I took my premade icing and had went to decorating each tree. I did it as though it was white garland draped around each Christmas tree.

The rice krispie tree with white icing on it.

I created a ball linked design just so there was extra dimension.

A white mini cake stand with a Rice Krispie tree on it.

These were so fun to make and I just so happened to have tiny little gingerbread houses I had made earlier in the week… So I decided to pair them all together.

A decorated tree and a decorated gingerbread house on the cake stand together.

I took it a step further and lined the table with each of these confectionary treasures and made a little tablesscape.

The houses and trees on the cake stand with pine tree branches in between and lights on the branch.

Wouldn’t this be a perfect set up for a fun kid’s Christmas party?!

Up close picture of the gingerbread house with white icing and the tree with white icing on the white cake stand.

I hope you enjoyed and maybe this will give you some ideas for the Christmas season…

A dining room table with a Mom and her kids making the Rice Krispie trees.

I know we did! And please don’t forget to visit my talented friends down below, there are some seriously yummy ideas down below…


Christmas treat food poster

4 Minute Decadent Microwave Fudge by Ella Claire | Gluten/Dairy Free Rice Krispies Christmas Trees by Zevy Joy | Dipped Marshmallows by My Sweet Savannah | Individual Chocolate Souffle by Town and Country Living | Santa Munch Christmas Popcorn by Tidy Mom

Fudge, pies and cake blogger poster.

Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes by Inspired by Charm | Cinnamon Buns by So Much Better with Age | Peanut Butter Fudge by Anderson + Grant | Peppermint Brownies by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Deconstructed Apple Pie Bites by Taryn Whiteaker

Truffles, cookies, and peppermint bark recipes poster.

Christmas Energy Snack Bites by Nest of Posies | Peppermint Bark by Boxwood Avenue | Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles by Tidbits | Keto Cinnamon Sugar Pecans by Home Stories A to Z | Candy Cane Pretzels by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Caramel Popcorn Crunch by Shabby Fufu | Individual Ornament Cakes by Summer Adams Designs

Similar Posts


  1. Technically the rice crispiest are not gluten free because they have malt flavoring in them. Just thought you needed to know. They are cute though!

    1. Sue thanks so much, I should have clarified as we actually found a gluten free (rice only) version at our local store! Thanks so much though as I would want to know and I appreciate you stopping by!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *