Peanut Butter & Honey Rice Krispie Treats

My last post left me craving…. peanut butter. Go figure.

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It seems that for many, peanut butter evokes memories of childhood, and these treats definitely do that for me. I was never a fan of the popular Rice Krispie Treats made with marshmallows, but my mom used to make us a peanut butter butterscotch version that was TO DIE FOR.

These peanut butter treats remind me of my mom’s delicious variation, but they have a cleaner ingredient list and are just as easy to prepare. Honey gives these cereal bars their chewy signature texture, and its natural sweetness pairs perfectly with salty peanut butter and crisp brown rice cereal.

If peanut butter isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute sunflower, cashew, or almond butter in its place– they’d all work beautifully!

Peanut Butter & Honey Rice Krispie Treats
Makes one 9-inch square pan

Ingredients:

4 cups rice cereal (I used Erewhon brand)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, gently bring the honey to a boil and allow it to boil for one minute. Remove the boiled honey from the heat, then stir in the peanut butter and salt until smooth.

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Place the cereal in a large bowl, then pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over the top. Stir well, until all of the cereal is thoroughly coated. healthy-rice-crispy-bars

Press the mixture into the prepared pan, and press HARD to pack the bars tightly. Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing and serving– I like to speed up the process by freezing them for about 30 minutes.peanut-butter-honey-rice-crispy-treats

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for best shelf life, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Peanut Butter & Honey Rice Krispie Treats
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Serves: 16 bars
 
A naturally sweetened peanut butter treat with a crisp rice texture.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rice cereal
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, gently bring the honey to a boil and allow it to boil for one minute. Remove the boiled honey from the heat, then stir in the peanut butter and salt until smooth.
  2. Place the cereal in a large bowl, then pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over the top. Stir well, until all of the cereal is well coated.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, and press HARD to pack the bars tightly. Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing and serving-- I like to speed up the process by freezing them for about 30 minutes.
  4. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for best shelf life, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes:

  • As I mentioned above, feel free to use any nut or seed butter you like in place of the peanut butter.
  • The honey can be replaced by brown rice syrup for a vegan option, but the resulting bars will be less sweet. Maple syrup may also be used, but it doesn’t provide the same chewy texture you’d come to expect from a rice crispy treat.
  • Feel free to try using another cereal, if you like. I didn’t have the best luck using puffed millet cereal, but another puffed grain might work!

As always, please leave a comment below if you have any success with making modifications. Enjoy!

*When serving these peanut butter based treats to a crowd, be sure to label them for those who may have peanut allergies, to avoid a tragic story like this one.

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53 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Honey Rice Krispie Treats

  1. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free

    A few years ago I went through a rice krispie bar phase and this is reminding me of it! Love the clean, simple ingredients in this recipe and can’t wait to make it! I bet a little drizzled dairy-free chocolate on top would be great too!

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  2. Penny

    This is the first time that I have really wanted to make a rice krispie treats recipe – they sound delicious! I love peanut butter and honey – I usually throw a jar of natural organic peanut butter in the food processor with 1/4 cup of raw honey as soon as we get it home so that I can have that familiar taste in every bite. A bonus is that mixing it in the processor eliminates the elbow grease needed to mix the oil back in!

    What brand of rice cereal do you usually buy?

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    1. Megan Post author

      I used Erewhon’s organic brown rice cereal for this recipe– the only two ingredients are brown rice and brown rice syrup.

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  3. Sarah Burns

    I just made these with brown rice syrup and brown rice puff cereal. They are super tasty! I’ve made a similar treat from Vegetarian Times, it calls for cocoa powder, almond butter, brown rice puffs and brown rice syrup. Both are excellent, thanks! 5 Stars!

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  4. racheal

    As I grew up, I heard that you should never heat up honey more than room temperature. Honey loose it’s nature and chemical properties, turn into toxic when you heat up. Feel free to research, thanx!

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  5. Gina perry

    Will this looks and sounds great, my doctor has taken me off all grains including rice beans and potatoes. I know a lot of people still eat rice, but it is frustrating for those of us who cannot eat these things, to see recipes that dominate sites like yours. Is there anywhere to go that does not include any garçons or by products ? HELP!

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  6. Amy

    These look amazing! But is this bad food combining? I thought rice was a starch and was not meant to be combined with proteins (nuts)? I’m learning about food combining right now, and it’s all very confusing.

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  7. Kelly

    I ended up trying to make these with sesame seed butter instead of peanut butter so that they could be a snack for summer camp and my family LOVED them! They’re so nice and quick to make as well, which is great as I don’t have much time to cook!

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  9. GirlWithAPurposeAndAWhisk

    Pretty much anything that my brothers, doubtful of non-traditional food, approve of and ask me to make more of is a go for me. These did it!!!

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  10. Randee

    I made these this weekend and they were SO tasty! I had 2 variations. I can’t eat honey so used maple syrup instead. And I melted an organic milk chocolate bar and coated the top of half the bars so I could try some with the chocolate and some without. Let’s say neither side of the pan lasted long. My 8 year old nephew is also a huge fan.

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  12. Elena

    Thank you for sharing the recipe with me! Sounds simple and delicious. So thankful to find something that doesn’t use chemical-laden marshmallow goop! I made it for my kids and my husband today and we all loved it! I didn’t cook the wet mixture because I wanted my honey to stay raw, so I just gently warmed it to mix it better with peanut butter. I used organic Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps by One Degree Organic Foods, purchased in our local Whole Foods. Interested in trying out your recommended brand. Do you know of any Organic Sprouted cereal for this project? The one I used also contained organic coconut sugar, unrefined salt and tocopherols… so not as simple as yours, but I prefer sprouted grains and would love to hear of you source you may know.

    Thanks so much again!
    Elena

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    1. Lisa

      Back to nature sprout & shine has sprouted whole grain brown rice, cane sugar (2g/serving) and sea salt. Not organic, but non-gmo verified.
      I made these with plain sunflower seed butter (yummy) and they’re a good substitute. the cereal didn’t soften or get that pleasant chewy texture, possibly because I chose not to boil the honey.
      Thanks for this recipe Megan, I will make this again

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  14. Mara

    Yummy! I made them last night but with cocoa crispies. My husband and i loved them! Do you know about how many calories is in 1 square?

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  15. Wendy

    I just made these, and while they taste really yummy, Mine did not stick together as well, even after packing them super tightly and freezing them. I had a feeling when I was stirring my mixture with cereal that I did not have enough peanut butter and honey, even though I mixed as thoroughly as I could, so next time I will increase to 3/4 cups of peanut butter and honey each. This actually made 12 servings for me. I would recommend it, especially if you have a love for peanut butter like I do!

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  16. joetta

    Wanna try these… will they be crunchy and stick together like regular rice crispys? Ive tried 3 gf recipes this week for rice crispy and all came out goo and mush…. ;(

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      These are my favorite rice krispie treats ever, and I think they do stick together well– but it’s important that you boil the sweetener long enough, so that they hold together. It took me two practice rounds to get it “just right” but now that I know what I’m doing, they’re easy!

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  17. Elaine

    Our family had a recipe similar to this, but it was made as a jelly roll. Use the peanut butter, but press it into a thinner layer on a large cookie. While still somewhat warm, put a thin layer of chocolate icing on top, then quickly roll like a jelly roll. Let cool, and cut into slices.

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  19. Kitty

    I don’t usually comment recipes but this one was just too good! I topped them with melted chocolate before refrigerating and they were really delicious, and so quick. They were made in 10 minutes and ready to eat in an hour, and boy are they good! Crispy and peanutty and not sickly like most rice krispy treats, no marshmallow! I love this recipe and will definitely make it again as I always crave peanut butter but never know what to do with it but toast, this is the answer!!!

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  21. Martha blomstrom

    I followed this recipe but used honeycomb cereal for my daughter’s 1st bee day party!! They are a hit!! We will make these again for sure.

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  22. Jujumuffin

    These were too sweet for me.. any way to tone it down a bit? Everyone else loved it though. Great alternative to the regular stuff

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      They are a little on the sweet side for me as well, but since the honey is the binder it is difficult to reduce it! You could try replacing it with half brown rice syrup, perhaps, as that is much less sweet when compared to honey.

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  23. Doug

    Natalie, you should probably delete the one star review so it does’t bring Megan’s rating down?

    @Megan ~ Thanks for the recipe. I really like recipes with fewer simpler ingredients. I am going to try this soon!

    Reply
  24. Sarah

    I couldn’t find any marshmallows and I came across this recipe and love it! They taste so good and are a healthier treat!

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  25. Ben

    They did not stick together. I followed the recipe exactly. This recipe is nothing but a waste of time and money.

    If you scroll up and look at one of her photos you can even see how the finished product just crumbles apart.

    Reply
    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      I’m sorry they didn’t stick together for you. Mine cut very smoothly, and I actually just crumbled one intentionally for the photo– I like adding dessert crumbs to photos!

      Reply
  26. Brenda R

    Made these today for my grandson, whose Mum, my daughter, tries very hard to opt for clean ingredients in her food selections. I have been buying store bought peanut butter crispy bars to have on hand for my grandson and my husband and I eat them too. I googled for a recipe without marshmallows and found yours plus I used natural peanut butter, sorry. They are absolutely delicious and so much nicer than store bought, they are also super easy to make. My Grandson will be the final taste tester later today but I don’t have any doubts.

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  27. Heather

    Thanks for the recipe! I used sunbutter for a school function & the moms’ went crazy for it. They were happy to have a no dairy or tree nut treat to offer their children. The honey had a really nice flavor that masked the overly earthy flavor that the sunbutter can have sometimes. I used a pinch of regular salt & refrigerated for 1/2 hour. They were chewy, cut nice & did not fall apart. This is a keeper-thanks!

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  28. Kimberly

    Thank you for this recipe! I added 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder. So ridiculously delicious!

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