Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These peanut butter rice krispie treats feature a crispy crunchy cereal layer and smooth chocolate topping! They are made with only six easy ingredients. Kids love them as an after school snack!
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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are crispy, crunchy, and chocolaty! This updated version of our childhood favorite is so tasty. The chocolate and peanut butter combination is classic, timeless, and delicious. This no-bake recipe takes just 10 minutes and a few ingredients. Kids and adults love them!

Peanut butter rice krispie treats.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These peanut butter rice krispie treats are quick and easy to make!
  • They require just 10 minutes of prep time.
  • This recipe is no bake.
  • These are made with only a few ingredients.
  • The chocolate and peanut butter combination is delicious!
  • The classic combination of sweet, salty, and nutty is always a winner.
  • Kids love them, adults love them, and even picky eaters love them.
  • They are great for after school snacks and desserts.
  • This recipe is gluten free and can be made dairy free and vegan.
  • Check out these Peanut Butter Oat Bars or these Homemade Nutter Butters for another fun snack recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

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

We love using Real Cereal Company brown rice cereal. It is made with only organic brown rice.

Use all natural creamy peanut butter made from only salt and peanuts.

Honey helps the cereal stick together. If needed, use maple syrup.

Add in a pinch of sea salt to balance the flavors.

A little vanilla extract adds a homemade flavor.

Use naturally sweetened chocolate chips. We love Hu Kitchen!

Ingredients for peanut butter rice krispie treats.

Taste & Texture

These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are a mix of yummy tastes and textures.

The strong peanut butter flavor goes well with the sweetness of the chocolate topping.

The crispy, light brown rice cereal adds a nice crunch.

These are not as sweet as regular Rice Krispies treats. They mostly taste 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 and honey.

Step 2

Stir in the sea salt and vanilla extract.

Mixed peanut butter and honey.

Step 3

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

Rice cereal with peanut butter.

Step 4

Stir gently until completely coated.

Cereal with honey.

Step 5

Add this mixture to the pan.  Smooth into an even layer.

Layer of cereal in pan.

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Rice krispies with chocolate.

Step 8

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

Chilled chocolate peanut butter with cereal.

Expert Tips for Success

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

Line the pan with parchment paper. This makes removal very easy.

Do not burn the peanut butter and honey mixture.

Moreover, do not burn the chocolate chip peanut butter mixture.

Firmly press the cereal mixture into the pan.

Let the treats cool completely before cutting. This will give them time to set.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Switch up the flavors of your peanut butter rice krispie treats!

Chocolate: Stir in some chocolate chips for a decadent twist.

Nuts: Add chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans for a crunchy texture and extra flavor.

Dried fruit: Toss in some dried cranberries, raisins, or apricots for a touch of sweetness and tartness.

Spices: Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger for a warm, cozy flavor.

Peanut butter treats.

How to Serve & Store

Serve these peanut butter rice krispie treats once fully set. The chocolate will be hardened.

Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. For a firmer texture, store them in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I make my Rice Krispie treats thicker?

To make thicker Rice Krispie treats, use a smaller baking dish. This will result in a taller and more substantial bar.

Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth peanut butter?

Yes, you can use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth peanut butter. The texture of the treats will be slightly different, but they will still be delicious.

Can I freeze Rice Krispie treats?

Yes, you can freeze these peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap before freezing. They will keep for up to 3 months.

Peanut butter chocolate 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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