Rice Krispies treats are a timeless treat loved by people of all ages! Why settle for the ordinary when you can indulge in the irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate? These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are a delightful twist on the classic recipe, packed with the rich, nutty flavor of peanut butter and the crispy, airy texture of Rice Krispies. This no bake recipe takes only 10 minutes!

Peanut butter rice krispie treats.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This recipe for peanut butter rice krispie treats is incredibly simple to follow, requiring just a handful of ingredients and no baking.
  • This recipe is no bake.
  • Forget about turning on the oven – these treats do not require any baking, making them perfect for a quick and easy snack or dessert.
  • They are kid friendly. The combination of peanut butter and Rice Krispies is a hit with kids. This makes these treats a great after-school snack or lunchbox addition.
  • These bars are customizable. With a variety of flavor variations and add-ins, you can easily personalize these treats to suit your taste.
  • They can be easily made gluten free by using gluten free rice cereal. I love Real Cereal Company. Read about Gluten Free Cereal!
  • In addition, this recipe is dairy free and can be made vegan (use maple syrup instead of honey).
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Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for peanut butter rice krispie treats. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use brown rice cereal. Regular Kellogg’s Rice Krispies are no longer gluten free. Use gluten free brown rice cereal.

Use all natural creamy peanut butter for the bottom layer and chocolate coating. Stir well before using.

Honey helps the cereal layer stick together. Use pure maple syrup for a vegan option.

Add in a pinch of sea salt if your peanut butter is unsalted.

Vanilla extract adds a cozy flavor.

For the chocolate coating, use any type of chocolate chips. I prefer using naturally sweetened dark chocolate chips.

Ingredients for peanut butter rice krispie treats.

Taste and Texture

These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are a symphony of flavors and textures.

The rich, nutty flavor of peanut butter perfectly complements the sweetness of the chocolate coating, The crispy, airy texture of Rice Krispies adds a great crunch.

These are not as sweet as typical Rice Krispies treats. They taste mostly like peanut butter and chocolate.

How to Make

Step 1

First, line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. In a large microwave safe bowl, add the creamy peanut butter and honey.  Microwave in 10 second increments, stopping between each to stir, until creamy and melted.

Peanut butter with honey.

Step 2

Stir in the sea salt and vanilla extract.

Creamy peanut butter in bowl.

Step 3

Pour the rice cereal into a large mixing bowl.  Pour the melted peanut butter mixture on top.

Rice cereal with peanut butter.

Step 4

Then, gently stir until completely coated.

Peanut butter with rice cereal.

Step 5

Add this mixture to the lined square pan.  Gently smooth into an even layer.

Packed rice cereal in pan.

Step 6

Then, microwave the chocolate chips and peanut butter together.  Stir until fully melted and creamy.

Step 7

Pour this chocolate mixture on top.  Smooth into an even layer.

Chocolate with peanut butter bars.

Step 8

Chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours, until set.  Finally, allow the peanut butter rice krispie treats to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing into.

Chocolate covered cereal bars.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best peanut butter rice krispie treats.

Use creamy peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter provides a smooth, consistent texture, while crunchy peanut butter adds a bit of extra crunch.

Don’t overmix: Gently fold in the Rice Krispies until they are just evenly coated.

Press firmly into the pan: Pressing the mixture firmly into the pan will help the treats set into neat squares.

Chill before cutting: Chilling the treats for at least 60 minutes will make them easier to cut and prevent them from crumbling.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Make your peanut butter rice krispie treats fun!

Chocolate drizzle: Drizzle melted chocolate over the chilled treats for a decadent chocolaty finish.

Peanut butter cup pieces: Chop peanut butter cups and fold them into the mixture for a burst of peanut butter and chocolate flavor.

Salty pretzel bits: Sprinkle salty gluten free pretzel bits on top of the treats for a sweet and salty contrast.

Dried fruit: Add dried cranberries, raisins, or chopped dates for a touch of sweetness and chewy texture.

Peanut butter cereal bars.

How to Serve & Store

Serve at room temperature: These peanut butter rice krispie treats are best served at room temperature for the perfect balance of softness and crunch.

Store in an airtight container: Store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these treats without marshmallows?

These peanut butter rice krispie treats do not require marshmallows. So, yes!

Can I use different types of cereal?

Yes, you can use other crispy cereal varieties, such as puffed rice or cornflakes.

Can I make these treats vegan?

Yes, use maple syrup and vegan chocolate chips.

Can I make these treats in advance?

Yes, you can make these treats up to 2 days in advance and store them in an airtight container.

Are Rice Krispie treats gluten free?

Rice Krispie treats are not gluten free. Use gluten free rice cereal.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, these peanut butter rice krispie treats can be frozen.

When were Rice Krispie Treats invented?

Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Kellogg Company employees Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day. The recipe was originally created as a promotional vehicle for Rice Krispies cereal, which had been introduced in 1928. The treat quickly became popular, and Kellogg’s began commercially producing them in 1995.

Stack of rice krispie bars.

Equipment Needed

8 Inch Square Pan: This square pan is great for making these bars.

Parchment Paper: Line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

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Peanut butter rice krispie treats.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These peanut butter rice krispie treats feature a crunchy crispy cereal layer and creamy chocolate coating! The chocolate and peanut butter combination is so tasty. These no bake bars are quick and easy to make!
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

Rice Krispie Treats

Chocolate Coating

Instructions 

  • First, line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. In a large microwave safe bowl, add the creamy peanut butter and honey. Microwave in 10 second increments, stopping between each to stir, until creamy and melted.
  • Stir in the sea salt and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the rice cereal into a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted peanut butter mixture on top.
  • Gently stir until completely coated.
  • Add this mixture to the lined square pan. Gently smooth into an even layer.
  • Then, microwave the chocolate chips and peanut butter together. Stir until fully melted and creamy.
  • Pour this chocolate mixture on top. Smooth into an even layer.
  • Chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours, until set. Allow the bars to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing into.

Notes

  • Regular rice krispie cereal is NOT gluten free unfortunately.  Therefore, I used Real Cereal Company!
  • Do not burn the peanut butter and honey.  Once it is creamy, stop microwaving.
  • In addition, be careful microwaving the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
  • Allow the chocolate coating to fully harden before eating.
  • These bars are best eaten within 48 hours for maximum crispiness.  However, store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 88mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin C: 0.04mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

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