Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats recipe creates the easiest no-bake dessert, that’s perfect for summer or any time of year! Some days only the flavors of rich chocolate and smooth peanut butter can soothe your troubled soul which makes these Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars the perfect cure for whatever ails you.

A stack of three peanut butter rice krispies treats topped with chocolate ganache and more treats on a plate behind it.

When I was a teenager I loved making up recipes. I didn’t know what I was doing, of course. Maybe that’s why I liked it. The process and the outcomes were always a mystery!

I loved working with chocolate and peanut butter. Who doesn’t! This recipe is one of the darlings that I experimented with basing it off of another recipe I had seen. The idea of making rice krispie treats with peanut butter, instead of marshmallows was amazing to me!

I didn’t like the combination of chocolate and marshmallows at the time (talk about finicky!), so I knew this peanut butter rice krispie bars recipe was going to be a real gem!

Also, once I saw a bumper sticker that read: I do whatever my rice krispies tell me. I’m still laughing about that!

How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

If you’re curious how to make peanut butter rice krispie treats, I’m here to show you how. In fact, let’s have some fun too! Let’s get to making this yummy Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies treat recipe! Let’s begin.

Step One: Prepare the Pan

Begin by preparing an 8″ square cake pan by using vegan butter or coconut oil to grease both the bottom and sides.

Step Two: Prepare the Peanut Butter Sauce

A hand holds a measuring cup full of syrup and is pouring it over a glass bowl full of peanut butter.

Make the sweet peanut butter sauce by combining creamy peanut butter and agave nectar in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second increments, followed by stirring, until the peanut butter is “melted” (or runny) and able to be stirred in with the agave nectar. Add vanilla and stir to combine.

A note on syrup: I used agave nectar, but you can substitute your favorite syrup like maple syrup, corn syrup, or even a date syrup (although it will be a bit darker).

Step Three: Make Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Peanut butter sauce is being poured over a bowl of rice krispies cereal.

Pour in the rice crispy cereal into a large bowl. Add the peanut butter sauce while it’s still warm (so it will be runny) and and stir until the rice crispies are evenly coated.

Pour the coated rice crispy mixture into the prepared pan and spread it around all the edges of the pan. Use your fingers or the back of a spoon or spatula to press the peanut butter rice crispy mixture into the bottom of the pan.

Step Four: Make the Chocolate Fudge Topping

Cubes of vegan butter are sitting on top of chocolate chips in a glass bowl.

Next. combine the chocolate chips and vegan butter (or coconut oil) in a microwave safe bowl. I cut the butter into cubes to ensure even melting. Heat for about 30 seconds. Then remove the bowl and stir to ensure the chocolate chips are coated.

A hand holds a measuring spoon of plant-based milk and is pouring it over melted chocolate.

Return the bowl to the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Use oven mitts to remove the bowl and cover it with a plate or lid. Allow it to sit for about a minute to help the chocolate chips to melt. Then stir.

Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, stirring in between until you get the desired spreadable consistency.

I love using vegan evaporated milk because it’s rich and creamy, but any old plant-based milk will do!

A hand holds a spatula and is spreading soft chocolate ganache over peanut butter rice crispies bars.

Spread the chocolate fudge topping over the peanut butter layer.

Step Five: Refrigerate and Serve

Cover the pan and place in the fridge where you can stand nearby for an hour, waiting for it to set. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!

How to Store Rice Krispie Treats

You want to keep those rice krispies treats, well crispy! So, I love these tips for storing rice krispie treats. Simply cut them into individual slices and transfer them to a airtight container. If you have to stack them on top of one another, place a sheet of waxed paper between the layers.

I keep mine in the fridge, but they can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Love Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Desserts?

Combining chocolate, peanut butter and rice crispies creates a fabulous and favorite treat! Chocolate peanut butter rice crispy treats. Just saying it again makes me feel all happy inside! But now you’re probably itching for more vegan chocolate peanut butter recipes. Well here ya go:

Who can deny the perfect pairing of chocolate and peanut butter? That with a little bit of snap and crackling rice crispies makes for a perfect mid-day treat! That’s just one reason why this recipe for peanut butter rice krispie treats with chocolate topping is so perfect!

A hand holds a peanut butter rice krispies treat with a bite taken out of it.

And a dose of creativity was definitely needed in my kitchen recently. That’s because I could remember eating these delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats as a teenager, but now as an adult I couldn’t for the life of me remember how I made them.

So, I know this peanut butter rice crispy treats recipe is not the same as what I made when I was a teenager, but somehow I think they’re actually better. Vegan, gluten-free, chocolate peanut butter rice krispy bars! What else could you ask for!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats are so good, you’ll want to make a double batch! I love making these rice krispy peanut butter bars and then taking them to events like my book reading club. Everyone is always so surprised to learn they’re vegan!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A stack of three peanut butter rice krispies treats topped with chocolate ganache and more treats on a plate behind it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars are the perfect treat for any occasion, whether it’s a party for ten, two or even one!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (or syrup of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Rice Crispy (or Rice Krispies) cereal

Chocolate Fudge Topping

Instructions

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

  • Prepare a 9" square cake pan by using vegan butter or coconut oil to grease bottom and sides. Alternatively, line pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine peanut butter and syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 10-second increments until the peanut butter softens/melts. Add vanilla and stir until combined.
  • Pour the rice crispy cereal into a large bowl and then pour peanut butter sauce over the top. Stir until the rice crispies are evenly coated.
  • Pour the coated rice crispy mixture into prepared pan and spread it around. You can use your fingers or the greased back of a spoon to press this into the bottom of the pan.

Chocolate Fudge Topping

  • Next combine the chocolate chips and vegan butter (or coconut oil) in a microwave safe bowl. Stir to ensure the chocolate chips are coated and then heat for about a minute. Stir and heat for another 30 seconds until the chocolate chips are melted. Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, stirring in between until you get the desired spreadable consistency. Spread the chocolate fudge topping over the peanut butter layer.
  • Cover and place the pan in the fridge to allow it to set for at least 30 minutes (but an hour is more optimal).

Notes

A note on salt. You can add up to 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the peanut butter sauce, however, I find most peanut butter has salt added to it, so I don’t find it necessary.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This peanut butter rice krispie recipe goes perfectly with a tall glass of soy milk. Enjoy!

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26 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    • I think you definitely could use brown rice syrup. I’m considering using agave nectar in my next batch. Oh, trust me, there will be a next batch!

      Let me know how the brown rice syrup goes!

    • Just a heads up, on the latest episode of Dr. Oz there were warnings about arsenic being in brown rice syrup.

    • I agree it’s even better! I used to love rice crispy treats too. It’s surprising to think they’re not even vegetarian, let alone vegan! People look at me like I’m from another planet when I say that. Well, they look at me like that a lot, but that’s beside the point. So glad you like the recipe!

  1. That works perfectly! 🙂 Thank you so much. I’m going to try it out and let you know tomorrow or Wednesday.

    I want to make these bars so badly.

    Peanut butter + chocolate + rice crispies seems to be a match made in heaven.

    The chickpea idea seems like a PERFECT idea. Can’t wait! Thank you SO SO MUCH 🙂 Often when I read vegan blogs I don’t get a response on substitutes – which can be frustrating because I live in SA where vegans are not really catered for.

  2. Okay, I made them last night.

    It made a decent pan size and I gave half of it away (simply because I can’t afford to eat that many – lol!).

    The Peanut butter with chickpeas…. WORKED LIKE A CHARM. OMG. It was SO, SO good! I was literally licking it off the spoon while working with it… lol!

    These things are absolutely delish….

    • We ate them so quickly that we didn’t need to worry about refrigeration. If you think it will take you longer than a few days to get through them, you might want to refrigerate them. But I’d probably let them sit to get to room temperature before eating them – otherwise they might be difficult to chew!

    • Any dairy-free margarine should work just fine. You could probably even use vegetable oil. In fact, if you didn’t want to do that, you could just add little more soy (or other dairy-free) milk. Your chocolate will set on the creamy side but it should still taste just as good!

    • I agree. Now I’m going to have to make them again, but this time with the chickpea variation. Yumm!

  3. Oh my lord. I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I need this in my life, like, now. They remind me of something my grandma used to make (but far from vegan). My step-daughter was walking behind me while I was looking at this, and she stopped in her tracks when she saw the pictures. Then she asked when we’re having them, lol. Can’t wait to try them! Thank you!

    • Hi Kristy – I can’t wait for you to try them and then let me know how it goes! I love things that remind me of meals with my family. That reminds me, I think there might be a big family meal coming this weekend! Yeah!

  4. In the first part of the directions, in step 4, it says to coat the crisps in the chocolate peanut butter coating. Is there a missing ingredient to the first section of mixing? I don’t see that there’s chocolate in that part of the recipe. I made it as stated so we’ll see how it turns out tomorrow!:)

    • Hi Della! Thanks for pointing that out. I realized based on your comment that I forgot to include the cocoa in the first part of the recipe. It’s optional and would taste fine either way. I just happened to like the idea of a chocolate peanut buttery spread. I hope you enjoyed the bars!

  5. Made these the other night and oh my dear lord. Did a double batch, here were my swaps:
    -used brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup
    -didn’t use the cream cheese layer
    -only did a single batch of the chocolate, but did dark chocolate and salted it

    Everyone who has been freaking out at how amazing they are. If I had put in the cream cheese layer, our heads might have exploded! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. Hi there, these look absolutely amazing and I love your photos. I am trying to avoid peanut butter, do you think almond butter or cashew butter would work well in these? I know cashew butter works perfectly as a substitute in PB cookies, even better than Almond butter so that might be better. Looking forward to trying these, thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Dana. I’ve never tried anything but peanut butter with these, but I can imagine cashew butter and it sounds fantastic. What about hazelnut butter? I mean, how can you go wrong with hazelnut and chocolate? OK. Well, anything with chocolate really works here so let me know if you try it and how it goes!

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