Sponsored Video: Apple and Oatmeal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

by heidi on September 26, 2013

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I’ve always been an eater and I’ve always been a cook. And I’ve never been one to not provide sustenance to satisfay my cravings.

From the time I was in first grade, my mom would put the breakfast cereal and oatmeal in the bottom cupboard so my sister and I could make our own before school eats. Or I’d happily toast my own toaster waffles, syruping them up and then cutting them into perfect squares to savor each of those four cornered little bites. And don’t even get me started on my mad skills of making a 2 egg scramble.

But cereal was always an easy go to. Mom never bought us the sugar flavored cereal since “it had all that extra stuff in it you don’t need anyway,” so Snap Crackle and Pop made regular appearances on the school morning menu.

Apple and Oatmeal Rice Krispie Treats | foodiecrush.com

I’m betting you guys had cereal as a kid too, right? And your favorite part, I’m guessing, was scoping out the box to complete the riddles, find the hidden giraffe in the forest or doing a dot to dot. Genius ways to keep kids interested in their food, you never saw that on the side of an egg carton while watching Ninja Turtles while daydreaming about the bigger questions of life.

For me, I loved all that stuff too. But you know what happens as you grow up just a little, you stop looking at the “kiddie” stuff and start noticing more. You find things like the recipe for Rice Krispie Treats on the side of the box.

And then you really get cooking.

When it comes to making dessert as a kid (or any first time cook), I’m betting there are probably 3 recipes we all started with: No bake cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and my favorite: Rice Krispie Treats.

Apple and Oatmeal Rice Krispie Treats | foodiecrush.com

Apple and Oatmeal Rice Krispie Treats | foodiecrush.com

So now even as an adult, whether I’m in a convenience store check-out line or at a high falutin’ bakery, I’m totally infatuated with the appearance of the marshmallow goodness of a big, fat, Rice Krispie Treat.

Personally I like them packed tight and piled high. While most recipes call for a 9 X 13 pan, I go for an 8 X 8 to get maximum density and a full bite of krispness.

This time around, Smudge and I played with adding ingredients to give it a taste of fall, and her favorite sweet treat, apple pie. Or my favorite, an apple crumble.

Snap! Off to the grocery store we go.

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The first time around, I thought apple pie filling would be a fab add for the oatmeal and Rice Krispies. While the flavor was spot on, my idea was a recipe fail due to the pie filling lending way too much moisture to allow the melted marshmallow to bind the krispies and oatmeal.

Aaaand Crackle. Back to the grocery store we go.

This time around I went with my husband’s original suggestion and found dried apples in the veggie section. Chop, chop, chop and then another marshmallow melt and a stiff stir and we were in business.

Of course we couldn’t leave those beauties be.

Pop! Caramel sauce was made and drizzled. And an Apple Rice Krispie Treat star is born.

Apple and Oatmeal Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: makes 12-16 treats

Apple and Oatmeal Rice Krispie Treats


10 ounce bag + 1 cup mini marshmallows (5 cups)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cup diced dried apple
2 cups quick oats
4 cups Rice Krispie cereal


  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dried apple, oatmeal and Rice Krispie cereal. Add the melted marshmallow mixture and stir well until coated.
  3. Butter your fingers and press mixture into a buttered 8 X 8-inch pan. Pat well to compress. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes and cut into squares. Best if served the same day.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 26, 2013 at 3:21 am

Just could be the fanciest looking rice krispy treats around! Such a good flavour combo especially for you guys in the USA since it is fall soon.


Averie @ Averie Cooks September 26, 2013 at 3:57 am

This is my dream bar! Oats with a RKTreat concept, the apple, no bake, the caramel drizzle! YES!


Tieghan September 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

Yum. yum, yum!! This is an awesome bar and the extra drizzle of caramel totally sold me! Easy and delicious!


kelley September 26, 2013 at 7:19 am

I didn’t get sugar coated cereal as a kid either. I ate it by the case full when I was pregnant! What a fun and fall inspired twist on a classic!


heidi September 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Isn’t that funny what being preggo does to a gal?


Christine @ Cooking with Cakes September 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

I love this Heidi! Think it would work with just the Rice Krispies, or do the oats give it a necessary texture?


heidi September 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

They’d still work, you wouldn’t need the extra marshmallows if using just the rice krispies, and up the amount of krispies to 6 cups.


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

Love Rice Krispies Treats! I bet these are beyond amazing with the addition of apple and caramel!! Yum! :)


Jamie @ arugulaholic September 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

Oh my.


Brittany September 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’ve always been a fan of regular Rice Krispie treats, but I think if I were to try these, I might not be able to switch back!


Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen September 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

Oh, my stars! LOVE that you used dried apple in your RKTs, Heidi! So clever. You ROCK. Will pin to group boards from here to kingdom come! Thanks for sharing, m’lady! xo


ashley - baker by nature September 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

You are amazing, lady!!! These treats need to work their way into my life asap!!!


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Oh my god! You’re amazing. You and Smudge created the perfect recipe. Your mom sounds a lot like mine, no sugary cereal allowed. I still only eat Chex, Cheerios, and Rice Krispy’s!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I love this post! And I know my kiddos would go crazy for these treats!


Liz September 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Love this recipe. Thank you.


Cecile Roy September 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

This is sure to become a “go to” recipe for people everywhere!! These look amazing!!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I think my jaw dropped. Best idea!!


Josie September 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I think this may be the fast turnaround I’ve ever had from seeing a recipe to making it. I just made these for my son’s preschool class – they are learning about apples this week, so it was perfect! And I love that they are slightly healthier thanks to the oats – I also left off the caramel drizzle, but I’m sure that puts them over the top – just not ideal for 2 year olds ;) Thanks for such a great recipe!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Love this, Heidi! I could munch on this all day, especially during the 10PM-2AM zone!


Des September 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

How perfect are these? I’ve had various kinds of rice krispie treats but never an apple and oatmeal version love it!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Perfect, I love the caramel sauce!


Patti September 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

From a first grade breakfast experience to Foodie crush. Just imagine how that story might have turned out if your mom had fixed your breakfast every morning. What fabulous training, You’re very welcome! XO


Deborah September 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

That drizzled caramel is calling to me – want!!


Bev @ Bev Cooks October 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

Oh. My. Gosh. Heaven. Help. Me.


Angie | Big Bear's Wife October 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

that beautiful caramel sauce on those treats… I need those in my life… at least in my kitchen! yum!


martyna October 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Where can I find dried apples??


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