Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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These healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats are made with 6 good-for-you ingredients in 10 minutes! There are no marshmallows or corn syrup in this recipe. They are the perfect easy, no-bake, gluten & dairy-free dessert to satisfy your chocolate peanut butter cravings!

Close-up front view of a stack of three healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats.

These healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats are easy, no-bake bars of chocolate peanut butter bliss. They are made with only 6 healthy ingredients and require mere minutes of hands-on prep time.

There are no marshmallows or Plus they’re gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Quick & easy dessert perfection.

a Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treat with chocolate chips around it

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats: Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Peanut Butter. Any nut or seed butter can be used in this recipe: almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.
  • Honey. Use maple syrup or brown rice syrup for a vegan version.
  • Crispy brown rice cereal. I used and Organic Brown Rice Crispy Cereal but any crispy rice cereal would work great in this recipe, including classic Rice Krispes.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate. Choose your favorite variety of chocolate that complies with your dietary needs! For a dairy-free & vegan options choose SunSpire or Enjoy Life Foods products!
Overhead view of the ingredients laid out ready to make healthy peanut butter rice krispe treats.

How to make Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

I am going to walk you through making these scrumptious treats step-by-step, because each step in this crispy treat making process is deliciously beautiful

 Gather the ingredients. 

There are only 6 ingredients in this recipe, and it’s important to measure them all out before you begin because you need to work quickly.

Melt & Mix

I love that this recipe doesn’t use marshmallows or corn syrup but they are still very yummy. I think they’re even easier to make because melting peanut butter and honey is much easier than melting marshmallows.

If you use a creamy, natural peanut butter and a smooth honey you may be able to skip the melting process all together. However, I find it’s easier to mix these treats together if all the ingredients are slightly warm. You can use the microwave or stovetop, just be careful not to overheat the mixture!

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Form Base & add the topping

To ensure easy removal, line the baking pan with parchment and lightly grease it! Use a greased spatula to spread the peanut butter crispy mixture into the pan and spread it out evenly.

Pour the warm topping onto the crispy base. Then pop them into the fridge or freezer to set.

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Cut & serve

One the bars are sufficiently chilled, remove them from the fridge to warm slightly before cutting. If you try cutting them when the chocolate topping is really cold, it will crack.

Serve the bars at room temperature. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator!

Store/freeze

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month. To prevent drying out you may want to wrap them individually in plastic wrap.

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Recipe FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Yes! Double the ingredients and make them in a 9×13″ baking dish.

What can I do if my mixture is too dry?

Add more peanut butter and honey 1 TBS at a time until it reaches your desired consistency – but this should not happen if you follow the recipe.

Close up side view of a healthy peanut butter rice crispy treat cut into a square with two more in the background.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Laura
These healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats are made with 6 good-for-you ingredients in 10 minutes! There are no marshmallows or corn syrup in this recipe. They are the perfect easy, no-bake, gluten & dairy-free dessert to satisfy your chocolate peanut butter cravings!
5 from 43 votes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 squares
Calories 145.9
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Topping:

Instructions 

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Base:

  • Line an 8×8” or 9×9” square baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease and set aside.
  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop over medium-low heat, melt together the honey and peanut butter, stirring until combined. (be very careful to not overheat).
  • Remove from heat and stir in the sea salt and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Add the crispy rice cereal to a large clean & dry mixing bowl.
  • Pour peanut butter mixture on top of the cereal and stir until completely combined.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a greased spatula to spread it until the top is even and smooth.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Topping:

  • To make the topping: melt the chocolate and peanut butter together in a small microwave-safe dish or on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Stirring until just combined.

Putting it together:

  • Pour the topping over the peanut butter rice crispy treat base, using a spatula to spread it evenly and smoothly.
  • Place treats in the refrigerator for 60 minutes (or in the freezer for a shorter chill time).
  • Remove 5-10 minutes before serving to let them warm up slightly before cutting or the chocolate will crack. Serve at room temperature!
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Notes

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Peanut Butter. Any nut or seed butter can be used in this recipe: almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.
  • Honey. Use maple syrup or brown rice syrup for a vegan version.
  • Crispy brown rice cereal. I used and Organic Brown Rice Crispy Cereal but any crispy rice cereal would work great in this recipe, including classic Rice Krispes.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate. Choose your favorite variety of chocolate that complies with your dietary needs! For a dairy-free & vegan options choose SunSpire or Enjoy Life Foods products!

Store/freeze

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month. To prevent drying out you may want to wrap them individually in plastic wrap.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 145.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.7g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 8.6g | Sodium: 37.4mg | Potassium: 29.7mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 10.4g | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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51 Comments

  1. Would I be able to substitute Agave Nectar for Honey? Similar consistency without the possibility of crystallizing.
    Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    We love these treats. I can’t seem to get them to not crumble all over instead of staying in one piece, any suggestions? I have made them several times

    1. Maybe pat them down firmer before toppng with the chocolate? I put parchment paper on top of the krispie mixture and use my palms to pat it down really good.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for a 4th of July party, and they were a HUGE hit. I made them again for co-workers and they loved them!! This recipe is so easy and delicious. There’s no better combo than chocolate and peanut butter!

    1. Hey Dani! I actually don’t think these would freeze very well! I’d recommend only making half the recipe if you think you wouldn’t be able to finish an entire batch!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness – these sound SO YUM with the peanut butter. Reminds me of a scotcharoo which is one of our favorite treats to make!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness – these sound SO YUM with the peanut. Reminds me of a scotcharoo which is one of my favorite desserts.

  6. 5 stars
    I made these last night and they were a huge hit with everyone at work. Great recipe and so easy to make and the recipe doubles with no issues.

  7. I’m perplexed. It says it yields 16 squares, you’re making this in a 8×8 or 9×9 and they are 146 cal per serving…. so you’ve got 16 tiny 1/2 inch (at best) pieces, what do they consider a serving?? I’m but I’d cut these into maybe 9 squares probably only 6 squares to make realistic servings, can someone help me out? Is this a typo or what??

    1. Hey Michelle! The nutrition information is calculated for 1/16 of the recipe, whether you make it in an 8×8″ or 9×9″ pan. I find the small squares to be perfect, but if you would like a larger serving size by all means go for it! LOL! I recommend using this recipe nutrition calculator and entering in the serving size of your choice to get the calorie count that works for you!