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.

4.72 from 25 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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Comments

Laura

Gonna make this recipe tonight! Can you tell me if you used raw honey or the runny kind?

sofia

so awesome my family loved it!

TabathA

The best peanut butter rice krispie treats I have ever had, we make them every Christmas!

TATIANA

Ive tried this recipe with Honeycutt cheerios and it was really good too. But today I’m trying this recipe. Can’t wait!

Jessica

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

Jenny

How long do they keep in the fridge?

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