Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

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.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars one sitting on top the other backlit with chocolate chips on the side.

When I was a teenager I went through a phase where 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!

A sweet vegan treat of rice crispy bars and soy milk.

Combining chocolate, peanut butter and rice crispies used to be a favorite treat back then, and I had nearly forgotten about it until recently. Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars. Just saying it again makes me feel all happy inside!

Chocolate and peanut butter combined on a spoon with some sprinkles of chocolate chips on the side.

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!

A collage of peanut butter chocolate and rice crispy bar photographs.

If you know any hobbits, they’re not too shabby as a second breakfast either.

A close-up shot of Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

I do whatever my rice crispies tell me.

I saw that on a bumper sticker once. I’m still laughing about it today.

Namely Marly Chocolate Peanut butter bars are vegan and gluten free

It’s kind of funny to think that I’ve returned to the passions of my youth. I went through a period where I felt cooking was too domestic so I spent as little time as possible in the kitchen. I was making my way in the world and didn’t have time for domesticity. That meant we ended up eating out. A lot!

Then I read a book which changed my life. You may know the author, Sue Monk Kidd. Before she wrote Secret Life of Bees and other fabulous novels, she wrote a little book called The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. I had many powerful take-aways from this book but one of my favorites was understanding that feminine and masculine characteristics fall on a spectrum and that each and every one of us share in those traits, whether male or female.

What an empowering thought! Spending time in the kitchen doesn’t have to be a household, feminine chore. It can be, and is, an expression of creativity!

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

Afternoon snack bars stacked one on top of the other.

So I know these are not the same as what I made before, but somehow I think they’re actually better.

Vegan, gluten-free, chocolate peanut butter bars.

My favorite flavors of chocolate and peanut butter combine to make a delicious gluten free and vegan sweet treat.

Creativity and science combined = Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars². In other words, they’re so good you might want to double the recipe!

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate and peanut butter combined on a spoon with some sprinkles of chocolate chips on the side.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
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!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 361 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup cocoa optional
  • 3 cups Rice Crispy (or Rice Krispies) cereal
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread
Chocolate Fudge Topping
  1. Prepare a 9" square cake pan by using non-dairy margarine to grease bottom and sides.
  2. Combine corn syrup, white, and brown sugar in a large sauce pan and cover over low to medium heat for several minutes until the mixture becomes smooth. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and cocoa and stir until combined.
  3. Pour in the rice crispy cereal and stir until the rice crispies are evenly coated.
  4. Pour the coated rice crispy mixture into your prepared pan and spread it around some. You can use your fingers or the greased back of a spoon to press this into the bottom of the pan.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl combine the vegan cream cheese and peanut butter. Heat for about 30 seconds and stir to combine. Add the powdered sugar and stir until combined. Spread this over the chocolate peanut butter rice crispy layer.
  6. Next combine the chocolate chips and Earth Balance spread (or coconut oiin a microwave safe bowl. Stir to ensure the chocolate chips are coated and then heat for about a minute. Stir and heat for about 30 seconds until the chocolate chips are melted. Add the soy 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.
  7. Cover and place the pan in the fridge where you can stand nearby for an hour and waiting for it to set. Trust me, it's worth the wait!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 31g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 14.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These dessert bars go perfectly with a tall glass of soy milk. Enjoy!

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