Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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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

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats are made with just 4 simple ingredients and have a perfectly chewy texture. No marshmallows required!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter rice crispy treats
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 97kcal

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

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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Comments

Jessica

Delicious! making this for the kids! Much healthier option!

Jenny

How long do they keep in the fridge?

Yukti Arora

so tasty rice recipe i loved it, so keep posting.

JD

Live the flavour ( and simplicity!) of these squares. They are just a bit too sweet for me though. I’d like to try again with less honey, but will that prevent them from sticking together?

Jeff Gordon

hey these actually weren’t that good please substitute the no marshmallows for actual marshmallow. Make normal ones if you aren’t dairy free or whatever free.

Matthew Dey Hill

amazing, simple, and time-effcicent

Sarina

Thanks so much for the recipe!! I just made this today and can’t wait to try these!

Niki

Made them today. They are fantastic. Had to convert to grams which was a bit fiddly but sooo worth it. Thanks you so much for the recipe.

Esther

These came out really good, I’m proud of myself

Julie

The ratios must be off. There wasn’t enough binding for the amount of cereal (and I measured). Crumbly mess, and yes I did boil the honey as described.

Diane

So good! I substituted almond butter due to peanut allergy and added chocolate chips at the end. Loved it, thank you!!

Susan

Can you use sugar free syrup instead of maple syrup?

    Grandma J

    It is the volume of the ingredient and viscosity. Usually low sugar or sugar free syrup is thicker.

None

these were so yummy! I used honey because I wanted to make them but they needed marshmallows. They were easy, fun, and added a new flavor to rice crispy treats!

E Martinez

Made these for my 1 1/2 yo daycare class. Great alternative to marshmallows as they can be a chocking hazard. The only problem I came across was they don’t stick together very well they fell apart. Other than that fantastic!

Grandma J

This is close to the BROWNIE TROUPS version of early 1960s, No honey but light Karo Syrup, (dark was for pancakes!!) Was trying to find exact. Hubby eats what ever…so will keep trying. I don’t use salt (allergic to it). No topping of butterscotch or chocolate/caramel either.
Time frame on counter is about 24 hrs for a small 9×9. I had slide some unsalted butter in the last but seems to seize abit. Maybe more peanut butter.

M

Boiling honey makes it dangerous to consume. Ayurveda 101.
Your recipe needs to be modified and updated maybe?

bebe

These are so amazing! My brother hates honey but loves these!

jean nichols

can you just grease your pan if you don’t have parchment paper

Sarah

Thank you so much for this! Made them today and they were a hit! I halved the recipe and added about a teaspoon of organic butter-flavored coconut oil and also a splash of vanilla extract to the honey. Super yummy… My new go-to recipe! Thanks again!

Carmen

I have been making a very similar version of these. I use date syrup and add in collagen powder. I use Lily’s chips to make the chocolate topping and found that adding a little ghee helps the chocolate from being flaky! I am obsessed with these! Great recipe to share!! 🙂

Danae

Love these so much! Do you have a favorite organic brown rice cereal without cane sugar? There used to be a brand called erewhon that you could get at Whole Foods but it doesn’t exist anymore. Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    I remember that one! I use 365 brand now, which has 1 g of added sugar per 1 cup of cereal. Still better than the 4 grams per 1 1/2 cups in the brand-name cereal, I guess? Let me know if you find another option!

Sherryl

These were so simple to make and a great treat for the family! Might try a little cinnamon mixed in next time.

Trish

Made these last night with my kids-so easy and so yummy! We didn’t add the chocolate and they’re great as is, but I’m sure even better with chocolate. I doubled it because I wanted plenty to eat on for the week and they’re great out of the fridge. Love this marshmallow free/healthier option!

Yvonne Kent

Love the idea and flavour but wonder if I’m ruining the health benefits of the honey by boiling it – I use raw creamed honey? Is there a certain brand of peanut butter to use or not use – I use Jif?

SuE

These are delicious! Of course, I got distracted when the honey was boiling and over-did it, but that just meant mine stayed firm even when not refrigerated lol. And, despite my mistake, they were still so so good. I’m making them for the second time in a week! This could be a problem…

Heather

This recipe sounds delicious! Can I substitute maple syrup for the honey? I can’t eat honey right now. Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    I think that should work just fine! Sometimes maple syrup will make things a more dry in texture after it’s boiled, so they could turn out slightly crispier with that swap, but still delicious.

Kristina Russell

Does this call for all-natural creamy peanut butter? I am assuming so since this is a health food website but I know Jiffy or regular peanut butter would change the consistency so just making sure before we try them. Thanks!

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