I used to make rice crispy treats without any butter – melting the marshmallows in the microwave and once melted, simply adding Rice Crispies.
I’ve gone back to using butter. The little butter that is used for a batch (compared to what goes into a batch of cookies) is so worth the rich flavor.
My favorite modification so far is adding coconut.
I’ve also tried these variations: dried tart cherries and coconut; just dried tart cherries; peanut butter; dark chocolate chips; and mini semisweet chips (a good alternative).
When using chocolate, don’t melt the chocolate – leave them as chips, added when the rice is added.
Next recipe I post will be haystacks