Halloween Vegan & Gluten Free Treats!

I was hoping to get this posted earlier this week, but this week has been very unsettling. My poor cat Cupcake has bee going in and out of the vet and she is still there. She is still not doing well and is fighting an infection. So we decided to try and make these to help as a distraction for a moment, because I've been an emotional mess and very worried. I love her so much and I just want her to feel better.

Baking is a huge stress reliever for me and I need it right now. I'm sure we all do! And making Halloween treats is my favorite! When you first look at these, especially in real life, they look like meat patties! We also tried to shape some into brains. The original plan was to also put them all in the packaging you get from the the grocery store, but we only had one meat tray that I saved. My wife couldn't find any at the store, and the butcher person wouldn't let her buy any. That's okay though! You still get the homemade effect with it on parchment paper. They are still just as creepy!

Last week we discovered that not all food coloring is vegan! So be careful! We use a brand called Watkins.

If you have made rice crispy treats before, then these will be easy! It's the same as the regular recipe, except the marshmallows are more gooey than puffy.


2 10 oz bags small marshmallows (dandies)

1 box (7 cups) of crispy rice cereal 

1-2 red dye bottles (Watkins)

3/4 cup vegan butter

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Link for Labels: Butcher Label

Servings: about 20 / Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 5 minutes / Rest time 1 hr / Total Time 1 hr 10 min

Here are the step by step instructions:

The first thing you are going to do is melt the butter. The vegan butter melted beautifully! Make sure its completely liquefied. Then add the vanilla.

Next add the marshmallows and stir constantly. This part took a little longer than I thought it would, but keep stirring to make sure they don't burn! 

Once it appears to look like a giant blob, remove from heat and add the food coloring. We discovered that we did not have enough food coloring for how red we wanted it, so I suggest using two bottles. Add the coloring slowly to get the the desired color you want.

While it's still hot add the cereal! Mix it until it is fully combined.

Pro tip: Butter everything that is touching the fresh treat mixture, it's super sticky!

This picture was just for dramatic effect. The mixture is actually pretty hot. 

We ended up scooping out everything and putting it on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. This is where you can get creative! You don't have to make meat patties and brains like we did. We just wanted to make something really scary and gross. We put gloves on, and buttered them, and started shaping! 

In the top picture you can see how they looked too light in color, so i put the food coloring on my gloved hand and shaped the patties and it gave them that perfect pop of red meat color. I was stressing because I wanted to do this with what I already had  in my kitchen.

I found these labels earlier in the month and they were the inspiration for all of this!

I hope everyone has a safe Halloween! We will be staying home and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. We have a small table with a bucket and we will put candy in the bucket before they come up. Everything will be social distanced, and we'll be wearing masks. My house is also decorated with skeletons! Hopefully I can get a post up with our pumpkins and decorations too! 



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