These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are living proof that you can beat the classics. They’re a healthier, delicious twist on classic rice krispie squares that’s perfect for peanut butter lovers. There’s no refined sugar, they’re dairy and gluten-free, and they come together in just one bowl in about 10 minutes!

Stack of peanut butter rice krispie treats on a plate

If I had to choose 5 foods to eat for the rest of my life, peanut butter would definitely be one of them.

I crave it every single day, so I’m always looking for new ways to get my fix.

My flourless peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. It happens to be one of my most popular recipes, so that tells me that I’m not alone in my peanut butter obsession. 🙂

While I love to bake, this time of year I prefer not to turn the oven on if I can help it.

That means I need some great no bake options like no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, homemade peanut butter cups, and these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats.

These recipes keep me from overheating and fuel my daily peanut butter cravings in a healthier way!

Healthy peanut butter rice krispie treats piled on a plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • These peanut butter rice krispie treats are an easy no bake dessert that’s perfect for chocolate peanut butter lovers.
  • They’re a healthy alternative to classic krispie treats because there’s no marshmallows or refined sugar, and they’re dairy and gluten-free.
  • They come together in one bowl in about 10 minutes.
  • They’re decadent enough for dessert, and wholesome enough for snacks.

Recipe ingredients

These healthy peanut butter rice krispie treats include just (6) basic ingredients.

They have no marshmallows, refined sugar or dairy and can be customized a number of ways depending on what you have on hand.

Peanut butter rice krispie treats recipe ingredients
  • Peanut butter. For the healthiest option, use natural peanut butter with no added sugar or preservatives. The label should read simply “peanuts and salt”.
  • Crisp rice cereal. I used Barbara’s organic brown rice crisps cereal for this recipe, but classic Rice Krispies cereal or your favorite brand will work as well.
  • Maple syrup. Substitute with honey if desired.
  • Oil. I used melted coconut oil for this recipe, but it may be substituted with whatever type of oil that you have on hand.
  • Vanilla. The vanilla extract is optional, but it adds a nice depth of flavor.
  • Chocolate chips. Use dairy-free chocolate chips to make these vegan rice krispie treats, or substitute with whatever you have on hand.
  • Flaky sea salt. The flaky sea salt is completely optional, but it accentuates the flavor of the dark chocolate and really takes them over the top.

How to make peanut butter rice krispie bars

All you need for this recipe is one bowl and about 10 minutes — it’s beyond easy to make!

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

How to make peanut butter rice krispie treats
  1. Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the crisp rice cereal and stir gently until well coated.
  3. Spread the peanut butter rice crispy mixture into a parchment or foil lined 8×8″ pan.
  4. Spread melted dark chocolate and flaky sea salt over the top, then chill for 3 hours or until set.
Peanut butter rice crispy bars on parchment paper

FAQs

Can Rice Krispie treats be healthy?

This recipe for peanut butter rice krispie treats is much healthier than the classic! There are no marshmallows, no refined sugar or dairy, so they make a healthy no bake dessert or snack.

What can I use instead of marshmallows for Rice Krispie treats?

Peanut butter is a healthier alternative to marshmallows in this rice krispie treat recipe. The peanut butter binds the bars together and makes this recipe much more satisfying and nutritious.

How long do peanut butter rice krispie squares last?

For best results, store them in the refrigerator as they will soften at room temperature. Peanut butter rice krispie treats will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week, but keep in mind that the crisp rice cereal will soften over time.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip:  Store the krispie treats in the refrigerator as they will soften at room temperature.  They will keep for up to one week…just keep in mind that the cereal will soften slightly over time.
  • Change things up by adding chocolate chips to the mixture, or top with sprinkles or white chocolate.
Peanut butter rice krispie bars with bite out of top bar

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Stack of peanut butter rice krispie treats on a plate

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are are packed with peanut butter and brown rice cereal, and contain no refined sugar. They're drizzled with dark chocolate for the ultimate no bake dessert!
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter natural preferred
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or sub with honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or sub with your favorite oil or melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups crisp rice cereal regular or brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips dairy-free or regular
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt optional

Instructions 

  • Line an 8×8" square baking dish with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
  • Place the peanut butter in a medium bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until loosened enough to stir easily. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla and stir well to combine.
    1 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the brown rice cereal and stir until well coated with the peanut butter mixture.
    2.5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
  • Place the chocolate in a small bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one until it's completely melted. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter mixture and spread in a thin, even layer. Top with flaky sea salt and chill for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. Cut into bars, then serve and enjoy!
    1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Notes

  • Pro tip:  Store the krispie treats in the refrigerator as they will soften at room temperature.  They will keep for up to one week, but keep in mind that the crisp rice cereal will soften over time.
  • Change things up by adding chocolate chips to the mixture, or top with sprinkles or white chocolate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square, Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 0.1mg, Sodium: 326mg, Potassium: 197mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 389IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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