These Healthy no-bake Rice Krispie treats are so easy to make. Made with crispy brown rice cereal, honey, peanut butter, and a little decadent dark chocolate, these treats are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and packed with nutrients. perfect to grab on the go or for a back-to-school snack.
Bringing back my childhood favorite snack with a healthy twist. It’s Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats!
I have been loving all the no bake desserts in these hot summer days.
They are always so easy to make, and not much effort required.
A few of my favorites this summer:
- No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls
- No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
- Raw Carrot Cake Truffles
What are Rice Krispie Treats made of?
Traditionally, Rice Krispie treats are made with gooey marshmallows, butter, and rice krispies cereal.
While undoubtedly delicious, they can definitely tax a little bit on our bodies.
I love an authentic Rice Krispie treat from time to time, but this healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats recipe is even better!
These homemade healthy rice crispy treats are not only easy to make, delicious, but also can be enjoyed as often as you’d like!
Even better? They are absolutely kid-friendly.
Since this recipe is made with minimal, healthy ingredients, there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging in these bad boys.
They’re great to pack in the kid’s school lunches, as a mid-afternoon snack, or even to have along with your morning cup of coffee for a fun variation on breakfast!
Ingredients You Need to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
This recipe only requires 4 basic ingredients and no bake time.
I made a few tweaks to the traditional recipe to make this version healthy; filled with healthy fats, fiber, protein all while keeping it refined sugar-free.
For this recipe you will need:
1. Brown Rice Cirspy Cereal
Kelloggs makes a brown rice cereal that is made with whole wheat. Or I love One Degree Organic’s sprouted brown rice cereal.
2. Peanut Butter
This adds a source of healthy fats and protein to the Rice Krispie treats. It also helps hold all of the Krispies together. You can use another type of nut butter if peanut allergy is a concern.
Honey adds a touch of sweetness while keeping these treats refined sugar-free.
If you are looking to make this recipe vegan, you can simply substitute the honey with maple syrup instead.
4. Dark chocolate
Just a drizzle of dark chocolate really takes these treats to the next level.
Dark chocolate adds a burst of antioxidants and contains heart-healthy compounds as well.
You can choose to coat the entire top of the Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats with the chocolate/peanut butter mixture, or just drizzle it over the top for a fun design.
Both are delicious, it just depends on how much chocolate you want in each bite!
What Can I Use Instead of Marshmallows In This Rice Crispy Treat Recipe?
I used honey in this recipe to give it that chewy, sticky texture that melted marshmallows would normally create.
Maple syrup is another good option to use to keep this refined sugar-free and vegan-friendly as well.
Another added bonus to not using marshmallows in this recipe… it’s A LOT less messy!
How to Make healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
You know I love giving traditional indulgent foods a healthy twist, but I also like to keep the recipes simple as well.
These healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats take about 5 minutes to throw together and then you just set it and forget it in the freezer for about an hour.
That’s it! So easy!
Step One: Prepare the Rice Crispy Layer
First, mix peanut butter and honey together. Microwave for 20-30 seconds if they are too thick to mix thoroughly. Heating them up a little bit will thin them out and make them much easier to mix.
Add the brown rice cereal and gently stir with a spatula until all crispy cereals are coated with the peanut butter/honey mixture.
Press the rice crispy mix into a lined 8×8 pan. You could also spray with cooking spray for easier removal of the treats from the pan.
Step Two: Prepare the Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer
Melt dark chocolate and peanut butter and drizzle over top.
Step Three: Bring it all together
Put peanut butter rice crispy treats in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to set.
Take the Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats out of the freezer to cut and enjoy!
Note: allow rice crispy to sit at room temp for ~10-15 minutes before cutting may help prevent cracking chocolate layer while cutting.
How to Store Healthy Rice Crispy Treats
You can store these treats in either the fridge or the freezer.
No need to defrost before eating, they are even crispier straight out of the freezer!
I love having them in the freezer, especially for a hot summer day like this. They come out cool and extra crispy.
Hope you get to enjoy with the family!
What’s your favorite way to eat rice krispie treats? Leave a comment below!
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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 3 cups brown rice cereal
- A pinch of salt
Chocolate Topping Layer:
- 1 cup dark chocolate melted
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
- In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and honey (if the texture comes in gooey or solid form, microwave for 20 – 30 seconds or until the texture becomes runny).
- Add crispy rice cereal and pinch of sea salt to the bowl, and gently stir until well combined (the texture should be sticky).
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the peanut butter crispy layer into the pan.
- In a small mixing bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter together in the microwave for 40 – 50 seconds. Stir halfway to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.
- Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter rice crispy treat base. Sprinkle additional sea salt (optional).
- Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.
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