Nothing can be easier than preparing no-bake treats for the kids. Not only are they quick and easy to make but also fun to make with the kids. These nut-free, gluten-free chocolate cherry puffed rice cupcakes are a decadent, vegan snack that the kids will love!
These little morsels are packed with flavour and wholesome ingredients, from omega 3-rich coconut oil and nut-free sunbutter to superfood chia seeds. They literally take minutes to make and will satisfy the kids’ after-school hunger attacks, in a healthy way.
I’ve been making raw snacks with puffed rice for years and usually opt for almond or peanut butter as a binding agent. However, since my son started attending a nut-free school this fall, I had to tweak some of my old favourites so that he could still enjoy his favourite raw snacks in his lunch.
In this recipe I’ve swapped the almond or peanut butter with nut-free sunbutter, made from sunflower seeds. Since sunbutter has the same creamy consistency and mild flavour of other nut butters it doesn’t alter the true flavour of these chocolate cherry puffed rice cupcakes (or any other puffed rice treat I prepare, for that matter!).
Here are some other delicious raw treats made with gluten-free puffed rice;
No-Bake Puffed Rice Balls
Puffed Rice Breakfast Bars
Pumpkin Marshmallow Puffed Rice Bars
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!
50 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Puffed Rice Cupcakes”
This is so delicious. SO good to look at! Yummy !
MMM these sound delicious! I have had something like them before – must try!
My husband loves cherries. I bet he would like this treat!
We love them too! They’re our favourite dried fruit!
These sound tasty! I bet my kiddos would love to make these and put them in their lunch boxes or have them as an after school snack!
I make these often to pack in school lunches…my son loves them and he attends a nut-free school so they’re perfect.
Your Chocolate Cherry Puffed Rice cupcakes look yummy! They would make a great addition to my daughter’s lunch box. Have to try them asap!
I think she’ll love them!
Cherry puffed rice cupcakes are
some of my favorite desserts. They are perfect for snacks too.
These would make perfect snacks for when I’m home and craving something sweet. I bet my hubby and son would love these rice puffed recipe!
I often eat these for breakfast…I like to satisfy my sugar cravings in the morning 😉
There is nothing better than a quick no bake treat. These look good and I love the use of sunbutter.
Oh wow, these look really yummy, never had rice cupcakes before. Thanks for the recipe, I want to try it out
Thank you! Puffed rice is great to use in baking and raw recipes!
I love some no-baked treats myself, and these are on the healthier version. Definitely sounds and looks delish!
These are definitely way healthier than packaged foods and other sweet treats.
Those would be great afternoon pick-me-up snacks! They look really yummy.
These look amazing and I lvoe the the no-bake part of the process.
These can’t be any easier to prepare!
Woah, those Chocolate Cherry Puffed Rice Cupcakes look so yummy! No-bake treats are the BEST <3
These look wonderful! I can see that they would be a great snack option for little ones, and so healthy!
Those look and sound delicious, and no-bake? YES PLEASE! SO nice to have an easier treat during the holidays.
I’m bringing these to a Christmas party tonight!
These look so cool and easy to make. I need to try these out soon.
I am not a big fan of rice cakes, only because I had some really bad ones but I think yours would be an exception as they look too delicious.
Have you tried puffed rice? They are much different in flavour than rice cakes!
No, but will do soon. Going food shopping tomorrow so adding it on
All your recipes make my mouth waters 😀 Love the pictures too very sharp and detailed.
Thank you Maureen!
I love rice
cakes! I am thinking to have this for the weekend. Thanks for sharing your
They’re so easy and quick to whip up on the weekend…and perfect for a grab n’go snack during the week.
How neat is this recipe. Who would have ever thought of adding a crunchy element to a cupcake? I love it!
What a great snack idea for kids. My kids love rice puffs, they would love these cupcakes.
They’re perfectly compact for little hands to hold onto 😉
Looks like a tasty healthy snack. I think my daughter would enjoy this as an after school snack. She like cherries and dark chocolate.
Cherries and dark chocolate are a delicious combo!
This looks like the perfect after school treat! Love that it’s filled with organic ingredients so you can trust it’s healthy for you.
I don’f often buy packaged foods for my kids…I would always rather put in the effort (very little in this case) to make my own 😉
This looks and sounds so tasty! I’d love to try this. It would make a perfect portable snack to take to go!
I love snacks that are packed with wholesome ingredients. I can feel good about giving them to the kid.s.
These look really good and like a perfect snack. I bet this would even be a good on the go snack, I am always in a rush in the morning and see to grab the worst thing possible on my way out the door. It would be nice to have something more nourishing.
These would be perfect for you!!
These look so yummy! I love how you used so many organic ingredients in your recipe!
Thanks! I always try to make my kids’ snacks as healthy as possible 😉
The rice cupcakes look great and easy enough to make, I might give them a go at Christmas. I prefer milk chocolate though!
That’s an easy substitution!
I’ve never used sunbutter before and this looks like the perfect recipe to try it for the first time. The dark chocolate and dried cherries are calling my name. Looks delicious.
Sunbutter is a great substitute for peanut or almond butter…same consistency with a slightly different flavour.