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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats require only 4 simple ingredients and taste better than the original version! Made without marshmallows or butter, this is an easy no-bake dessert you can make in just minutes.

peanut butter rice crispy treats topped with chocolate.

Just like making homemade granola bars, you can also customize these rice crispy treats by melting some dark chocolate chips and spreading the melted chocolate on top.

I also like to add a sprinkle of sea salt to make the flavor pop!

Ingredients You’ll Need

peanut butter rice crispy treat ingredients in glass bowls.

What’s in peanut butter rice crispy treats? 

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Honey (or use maple syrup for a vegan version)
  • Brown rice cereal (or Rice Krispies cereal)
  • Salt

That’s it! You may also want to have chocolate chips on hand, if you’d like to add a topping, and some cooking spray and parchment paper, or wax paper, to help prepare the dish.

How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

1. Gather the ingredients. This recipe moves fast, so measure everything out before you get started. Add the cereal to a large mixing bowl, so it’s ready to go for the next step.

2. Boil. Add the honey to a small sauce pan over medium heat on the stovetop, and bring it to a boil. As soon as you see bubbles around the edges of the pan, set a timer for 1 minute.

It’s okay if the honey bubbles significantly, but turn down the heat if you think it will start to reach the top of the pan.

When the timer goes off, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter and salt with a spatula.

boiled honey in white pan.

3. Mix. Pour the hot peanut butter honey mixture over the cereal in the mixing bowl. Stir well, until the cereal is evenly coated.

Work quickly, as the peanut butter mixture will start to harden as it cools, and will become more difficult to stir.

peanut butter mixed into cereal.

4. Cool. Prepare an 8-inch square dish by lightly spraying it with cooking spray, then press a piece of parchment paper into the bottom. The oil will hold the parchment paper in place, so it won’t wiggle around as you work, and will make the bars very easy to remove later.

Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, pressing firmly until the bars are flat and tightly packed inside.

crispy mixture pressed into pan.

For a chocolate topping, melt a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (either in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove) and spread or drizzle the chocolate over the top. It will harden as the bars cool.

Let these healthy rice crispy treats cool completely by placing them in the fridge or freezer. It usually takes about 1 hour in the freezer, or 2 hours in the fridge for them to cool completely.

5. Enjoy! Slice the cooled peanut butter rice crispy treats into 16 bars and enjoy. You can store this rice krispie treats recipe at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

I find that peanut butter rice krispies treats get softer when you store them at room temperature, so for the most firm & crispy results, keep them chilled.

chocolate added to bars and sliced.

Frequently Asked Questions & Substitutions

How to make them Vegan: Omit the honey and use pure maple syrup instead. You could also use agave nectar or brown rice syrup, as an alternative sweetener. The brown rice syrup tastes the most like classic rice krispies treats made with marshmallows.

Can I make this with puffed rice cereal? If you are looking to make a healthy recipe, I don’t recommend using puffed rice (or puffed quinoa) cereal, as it doesn’t turn out crispy. The texture isn’t nearly as pleasant when compared to the classic crispy rice cereal we have all come to expect.

Can I make it nut-free? If you’d rather not use peanut butter, you can use tahini or sunflower butter as a nut-free alternative. If you just need to avoid peanuts, you could also use almond butter or cashew butter.

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

peanut butter krispie treats sliced on parchment paper.

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

4.64 from 47 votes
Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats are made with just 4 simple ingredients and have a perfectly chewy texture. No marshmallows required!
prep14 mins cook1 min total15 mins
Servings:16 bars

Ingredients
 
 

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Optional Topping:

Instructions

  • Spray an 8-inch square pan with oil and press a piece of parchment paper into the bottom of the pan. The oil will hold the parchment in place, so it won't wiggle around later. Since this recipe moves quickly, it's also a good idea to add the cereal to a large mixing bowl, so it's ready to go later.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the honey to a boil. As soon as it's bubbling, set a timer for 1 minute and let it boil until the timer goes off. Turn down the heat if the honey starts to bubble towards the top of the pan.
  • When the timer goes off, remove the honey from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and salt. As soon as the mixture is smooth, pour it over the cereal in the large mixing bowl. Stir well, until the cereal is well coated. It will start to thicken up as it cools, and will be very sticky.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press HARD to pack the cereal into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the fridge or freezer, so the bars can cool completely. When they are totally cool, they are ready to slice and serve, unless you'd like to add the chocolate topping below.
  • For a chocolate topped bar, melt a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips in the microwave, or over a double-boiler. When the chocolate is melted, spread it over the top of the bars and place the pan in the freezer briefly, just until the chocolate is hardened. Then the bars are ready to slice and serve.
  • Leftover rice crispy treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, but they will become slightly softer over time. For the crispiest results, I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 of 16 bars, without the optional topping. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate not a guarantee.
You can use almond butter or sunflower butter instead of peanut butter, if you'd like a different option.
For a vegan recipe, replace the honey with maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter rice crispy treats

If you try this peanut butter rice krispie treat recipe, please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how you like them. And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too!

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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

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

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

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!