Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats (with NO marshmallows!)

These Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats require only 4 ingredients and taste BETTER than the original version! I love that they are sweetened with honey instead of marshmallows. The combination of peanut butter, honey and a touch of salt are an addictive combination, so don’t be surprised if everyone asks you for this recipe after they try one.

peanut butter rice crispy treat with chocoalte drizzled on top

They are delicious on their own, but you can also melt some dark chocolate chips and drizzle them with the melted chocolate for an impressive presentation! (A sprinkle of sea salt on top of that is delicious, too.)

How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to assemble. Instead of using marshmallows, honey gives these cereal bars a lightly sweet and chewy texture. All you have to do is boil it for 1 minute to get started!

boiled honey and pouring the mixture

I recommend you gather your ingredients before you start boiling the honey because this recipe moves fast. Have the cereal measured out in a large bowl, and have the peanut butter measured as well, so you can stir it in with the honey as soon as it comes off the stove.

Once the honey is boiled, you’ll stir in the peanut butter and salt, then pour it over the rice cereal! It may seem as though you don’t have enough peanut butter mixture to cover the cereal, but be patient and keep stirring and it will come together. Make sure you press the cereal mixture FIRMLY into the lined pan so that it all sticks together well!

peanut butter rice crispy treats sliced into squares

How Long Do Rice Krispie Treats Last?

These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats will become soft if you leave them at room temperature for too long, so I recommend storing them in the fridge for best shelf life. Keep them in an airtight container to prevent the cereal from going stale. (It will lose its crunch if you don’t keep it tightly covered.)

Theoretically, these treats could last up to 2 weeks in the fridge, but my family always eats them all within 3-4 days. You could freeze them for up to 3 months if you need to, as well.

peanut butter Rice Krispie treats on plate

Which Cereal is Healthiest for You?

If you’re looking to make healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats, I recommend looking for a cereal with minimal ingredients on the label. I like Barabara’s brand and 365 Everyday Value crisp brown rice cereal, as both have only 3 ingredients– crisp brown rice, only 1 gram of sweetener per serving, and salt.

I’ve also tried making this recipe using puffed brown rice cereal, and the result wasn’t nearly as authentic. (Puffed rice isn’t crispy, so the texture isn’t the same.)

Rice Crispy Treat Substitutions

If peanut butter isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute sunflower seed butter or almond butter in its place. It’s easily adaptable! If you are vegan, feel free to swap the honey for 2/3 cup maple syrup instead. You might want to boil it for 1 minute longer to make the crispy treats hold together better in that case, too.

If you love this recipe, you might also enjoy my Vegan Rice Crispy Treats or Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls.

How to make Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats ( 1 Minute- Video):

4.74 from 26 votes
peanut butter rice crispy treat with chocoalte drizzled on top
Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats (with NO marshmallows!)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

These Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats are sweetened with honey instead of marshmallows and taste better than the original!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter honey rice crispy treats
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/2 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.

Per bar (1 of 16): Calories: 106, Fat: 4g, Carbohyrdates: 16g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 2g

Recipe 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 2/3 cup maple syrup for a vegan version, but keep in mind that the treats will not be as chewy in texture in this case. I like to boil maple syrup for 2 1/2 minutes to help with binding, like in these Vegan No-Bake Cookies.

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

Allergy Note:

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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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!

kezia @ Super Natural Health

Bounty bars and super soft ice cream which i now do with frozen fruit and coconut cream topped with cacao nibs – yum! These would taste great with a large cold glass of almond milk… peanut butter and milk goes so well!

Tom @ Raise Your Garden

Ahhhhh you’re bringing me back to the good old days of mallow cups or a butterfinger. As I mentioned in you’re last post I love peanut butter so these rice krispie treats are right up my alley!

April

I do this version of a Rice Krispie treat too. It’s also great when made with Cheerios, raisins, and peanuts! Yum!

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?

    Megan

    I used Erewhon brand– the only two ingredients are brown rice and brown rice syrup.

Denise Wilson

Can you share what is your most trusted/favorite brand of the crisp rice?

    Megan

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

Natalie

I rated 5 stars but it’s showing as only 1. Here’s the 5!

Lorrie

These look awesome. Thank you!

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!

    Mary ellen Brewick

    No way- is this my sister in Seattle?!? Great minds…. 😉

    Searching for 2nd grade snacks for Mabel’s class.

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!

    James

    Heating the honey this high destroys the beneficials enzymes but does not produce anything toxic.

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!

    Megan

    Most of the recipes on my site are 100% grain-free– recipes like this are a very rare exception. You may want to check out my Paleo recipes and my Cookies & Bars recipes. They are all grain-free!

Red Deception

My boyfriends would LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I will have to make these for him soonly – I think it would make him a very happy dude!

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.

    Megan

    Yes, this is not proper food combining– just a special treat.

Pauline

I made these yesterday and they are gone! Truly easy, yummy, and loved by all!! Thanks you, Megan!

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!

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!!!

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.

Amy

Do you know how many calories are in these?

Ange

Can these be frozen? Approximately how long will they last in the fridge? Thanks!

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

    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

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?

laura

I made these using grade b maple syrup insteAd of honey. Delicious.

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!

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…. ;(

    Megan Gilmore

    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!

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.

    Megan Gilmore

    That sounds amazing.

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!!!

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.

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

    Megan Gilmore

    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.

    heather

    add less honey

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!

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!

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.

    Megan Gilmore

    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!

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.

Lailah.W

This is the best treats I ever made, and my children they absolutely loved it1!! thx

🙂

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!

Sabrena

Make these all the time and love them!! Any idea how to make some pumpkin ones?
Thanks!

Holly

These are SO simple to make and very delicious to eat! 🙂 Love that I don’t need marshmallows to make them!

Ali

Lovvvve these…not a big marshmallow fan….5 star super yum!!!! Thanks for posting this recipe.

Kimberly

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

Angie

Sooooooo good – thank you! My family is having a little trouble not devouring the whole pan in one night! My husband couldn’t believe there is no butter or marshmallow in these, since he is a big fan of both. 😉

A little nervously, I used crunchy peanut butter — all i had on hand — but it worked just fine. Didn’t notice any odd crunch at all!

JM

Im kinda obsessed with this recipe! Just discovered it – the only thing I would say doesnt fit into the author’s post is this sentence: “Store in a sealed container in the fridge for best shelf life” – BUT MAINLY BC IT DOESNT LAST THAT LONG TO NEED a sealed container in the fridge 🙂 Its so delicious, it never lasts that long!

Larissa

I rarely comment but felt I had to tell you that these are by far the best healthy version of a classic treat i’ve ever made. the ingredients are simple and affordable, and the result is so delicious! I followed this recipe exactly and will be bringing this to any and all potlucks and parties in the future! And a batch to keep on hand at home 🙂 Thank you!

Sean

I made these. They were dope AF.

Nina Blazier

Just made these and they are so good! The kids and I can’t stop chowing them down. Thanks!!

Sherri

Can these be made ahead and frozen for later enjoyment?

Janine

Can you tell me the carbohydrates content per piece, if your recipe is cut in 16 pieces.?i have a grand daughter with type one diabetes.

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