Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

Experience the fusion of smooth banana pudding and gooey marshmallows with a crunch of Rice Krispies in every bite. This delightful dessert combines the best of both worlds, creating a treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Follow this easy recipe to make your own Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats and indulge in a sweet, comforting treat.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 5 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows (additional)
  • 1 cup crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1/4 cup banana pudding mixture
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Crushed vanilla wafers (for topping)
  • Marshmallow fluff (for topping)
  • White chocolate (for drizzle)

Directions:

  • Banana Pudding Filling
    • Mix all pudding ingredients in a bowl until well combined and set aside to thicken.
  • Melt Butter
    • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Combine Marshmallows
    • Add 5 cups of mini marshmallows to the melted butter, stirring constantly until fully combined.
  • Add Flavors
    • Stir in the vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of the banana pudding mixture. Mix well and remove from heat.
  • Add Cereals and More
    • Fold in Rice Krispies cereal, 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows, and crushed vanilla wafers. Mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer to Dish
    • Spread the mixture evenly in a parchment-lined baking dish, pressing down to form.
  • Top and Drizzle
    • Drizzle with the remaining banana pudding mixture, top with crushed vanilla wafers, and melted marshmallow fluff.
  • Melt Chocolate
    • Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 10-second intervals until smooth, then drizzle over the treats.
  • Cool and Enjoy
    • Let the treats cool before cutting into squares.
  • Additional Information

Prep Time: 20 mins
Calories: 220 per serving

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving

  • Presentation: Cut the treats into even squares for a neat and appealing presentation.
  • Toppings: Add extra drizzles of white chocolate or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra touch of indulgence.
  • Occasions: Perfect for parties, picnics, or as an after-dinner dessert. Serve at room temperature for the best texture and flavor.

Storage

  • Room Temperature: Store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days to maintain their freshness.
  • Refrigeration: For longer storage, place the container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Let the treats come to room temperature before serving to restore their gooey texture.
  • Freezing: Wrap individual squares in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe bag for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature before enjoying.

Variations:

Chocolate Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the melted butter and marshmallow mixture for a chocolatey twist.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted dark or milk chocolate instead of white chocolate.

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Mix 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter into the melted butter and marshmallow mixture.
  • Topping: Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top along with the crushed vanilla wafers.

Strawberry Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries to the mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with additional crushed freeze-dried strawberries.

Nutty Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Fold in 1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans) along with the Rice Krispies and marshmallows.
  • Topping: Garnish with extra chopped nuts and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Banana Cream Pie Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup banana chips to the mixture.
  • Topping: Top with a layer of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed graham crackers.

Coconut Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Mix in 1/2 cup shredded coconut with the Rice Krispies and marshmallows.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes.

Caramel Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup caramel bits to the mixture before pressing it into the dish.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted caramel and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.

Nutella Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Mix 1/2 cup Nutella into the melted marshmallow mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with additional Nutella and sprinkle with crushed hazelnuts.

S’mores Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1 cup of broken graham crackers and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips to the mixture.
  • Topping: Top with additional mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Almond Joy Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Mix in 1/2 cup shredded coconut and 1/2 cup chopped almonds.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted dark chocolate and sprinkle with additional coconut and almonds.

Pumpkin Spice Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the melted marshmallow mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with white chocolate and sprinkle with a light dusting of cinnamon.

Berry Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Fold in 1/2 cup dried cranberries or blueberries.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with additional dried berries.

Mint Chocolate Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup crushed mint chocolate candies (like Andes mints) to the mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed mint candies.

Cinnamon Roll Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup chopped pecans to the mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and milk, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Cookies and Cream Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Mix in 1 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos) to the mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with more crushed cookies.

Lemon Blueberry Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 cup dried blueberries and 1 tsp lemon zest to the mixture.
  • Topping: Drizzle with a lemon glaze made from powdered sugar and lemon juice, and sprinkle with additional lemon zest.

These variations allow you to explore different flavors and combinations, ensuring there’s a perfect treat for every taste preference!

FAQs:

  • 1. Can I use large marshmallows instead of mini marshmallows?
    • Yes, you can use large marshmallows, but mini marshmallows melt more evenly and are easier to distribute throughout the mixture. If using large marshmallows, make sure to cut them into smaller pieces for better melting.
  • 2. Can I make these treats ahead of time?
    • Absolutely! You can prepare Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats a day or two in advance. Just store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • 3. Can I use regular pudding instead of banana pudding?
    • Yes, you can substitute banana pudding with any flavor of pudding you prefer. Vanilla, chocolate, or butterscotch pudding would work well.
  • 4. How do I prevent the treats from sticking to my hands when pressing them into the pan?
    • To prevent sticking, lightly grease your hands with butter or cooking spray, or use a piece of parchment paper to press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  • 5. Can I add other ingredients to the mixture?
    • Yes, feel free to customize your treats by adding ingredients like chocolate chips, dried fruits, or other types of cereal for added flavor and texture.
  • 6. How do I ensure the white chocolate drizzle is smooth?
    • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring in between each interval until smooth. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate as it can seize and become lumpy.
  • 7. What size baking dish should I use?
    • A standard 9×13-inch baking dish works well for this recipe. You can use a smaller or larger dish, but adjust the thickness of the treats accordingly.
  • 8. How long do these treats last?
    • Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, these treats will stay fresh for up to three days. If refrigerated, they can last up to a week.
  • 9. Can I freeze Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats?
  • Yes, you can freeze the treats. Wrap individual squares in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe bag for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
  1. Are these treats gluten-free?

To make gluten-free Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats, ensure that you use gluten-free Rice Krispies and vanilla wafers. Always check the labels of all ingredients to verify they are gluten-free.

Banana Pudding Rice Krispie Treats offer a delightful blend of flavors and textures, making them a perfect treat for any occasion. Easy to prepare and irresistibly delicious, they’re sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy every gooey, crunchy, and sweet bite!