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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

4.25 from 4 votes
These healthy chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats are made with only 5 ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free, no marshmallows and no baking! The layer of chocolate on top adds a perfect touch of decadence.
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time:: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Jun 23, 2023 (Last updated Mar 14, 2024) by Hannah Sunderani

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

A healthy twist on a childhood favourite, these chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats are made with 5 simple ingredients. A base of crispy peanut butter and a thick layer of chocolate on top. It’s an easy, no-bake dessert recipe that’s vegan and kid-approved!

This is a healthy sweet treat that I make all the time for my family, both my hubby and my toddler loves them and I can feel good about what we’re all putting in our bodies. It’s a recipe that’s delicious year-round and can be whipped together in a flash, no cooking and no fuss! I’ve made them a dozens of times and they never disappoint.

So, let me tell you exactly how to make these chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats!

chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats cut into squares laid out on a wood cutting board
This post is sponsored by One Degree Organic Foods

These Rice Krispie Treats are…

  • A healthy twist on a childhood favorite
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • An easy no-bake dessert
  • Kid-approved
  • Vegan
  • Topped with a thick layer of chocolate
  • Perfect for peanut butter lovers
  • Ideal for newbie cooks
all the ingredients for this recipe laid out in separate bowls

Ingredient Notes 

  • Brown rice crisps: Any lightly sweetened or unsweetened puffed rice cereal will work in these treats. But my personal favourite is by One Degree Organic Foods. If interested in One Degree Organic Foods, you’ll love the interview I got to do with Kristin Gray, a beloved hemp farmer from the brand!
  • Natural peanut butter: Go with a natural, creamy peanut butter here. The ingredients should be peanuts and salt. No added sugars, preservatives, or oils. If you are allergic to peanut butter, try a natural almond butter instead. It substitutes very well in this recipe!
  • Pure maple syrup: A much healthier and less processed alternative to corn syrup. Grade A is my personal favourite, but feel free to use your favourite type of maple syrup. Or, use a similar liquid sweetener such as agave nectar.
  • Coconut oil: If you do not love the flavour of coconut, use a odorless, tasteless, refined coconut oil. I personally don’t mind coconut and use unrefined coconut oil. The flavour is slight, but it is there!
  • Vegan chocolate chips: I used mini chocolate chips because they melt quickly and are versatile in baking, but any chocolate of choice will do. Since it will be melted, you can opt for chocolate chunks, a chopped chocolate bar, even vegan milk chocolate chips if you can find them!
3 rice krispie treats stacked on top of eachother with chocolate chips in the background

Make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats with me!

Learn how to make these vegan and healthy rice crispy treats on my latest episode of Vegan Afternoon with Two Spoons. 5-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats. Vegan, gluten-free and NO MARSHMALLOWS!

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Start by melting the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a medium sized pot over low-heat. Stir this mixture until completely smooth and combined, about 1-2 minutes.

Place the crispy rice cereal in a large mixing bowl and pour the peanut butter mixture overtop. Stir gently to coat the rice cereal until well combined and coated entirely.

Transfer the rice Krispie treats mixture to the prepared baking dish and press it down firmly with the back of a spatula to compress it into a firm, even layer. Place in the refrigerator, then start preparing the chocolate layer.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30-second increments, stirring after each increment until the chocolate is completely melted. This took about 90 seconds for me, but this will depend entirely on the strength of your microwave.

Remove the peanut butter rice Krispie treats from the refrigerator and drizzle with melted chocolate on top of the treats. Gently tilt the baking dish to coat the chocolate top in an even layer.

Refrigerate once more until the chocolate layer has fully set, about 2 hours. Then once hardened, cut the rice Krispie treats into individual squares and sprinkle with flaky sea salt!

Serving Suggestions 

Serve these delicious crispy bars for a healthy, fun twist on the classic rice Krispie treats. They’re perfect for dessert, an afternoon snack, potlucks and for selling at bake sales!

They pair perfectly with a tall, cold glass of homemade almond milk and an extra sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

If you’re looking for more healthy vegan desserts, you’ll love these Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates with Peanut Butter, Chocolate Covered Banana Pops and this incredible 10-Minute Vegan Chocolate Mousse (Mousse Au Chocolat).

Storage Tips

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats will keep best in the refrigerator for up to 1 week when stored in an airtight container.

These crispy treats can also be frozen for up to 1 month. To do so, freeze in a single layer in an airtight, freezer safe container, such as a freezer bag or container. If freezing the treats in multiple layers, place a piece of parchment paper between each layer to prevent the treats from freezing together. Alternatively, you can wrap each individual square in plastic wrap, then place the treats together in a large freezer bag.

When ready to eat, place the frozen treats on the kitchen counter and allow them to come to room temperature, then enjoy!

close-up image of chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats cut into squares sprinkled with flaky sea salt

Recipe FAQs 

What brands of chocolate chips are vegan?

Enjoy life is one of the most popular brands of vegan chocolate chips because they’re also free of some of the most common allergens. They can be ordered on Amazon or found in many large grocery stores. If you’re unable to use Enjoy Life, many other brands sell vegan chocolate chips. Look at the ingredients on semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips and check the allergen statement for “contains milk.” If it does not say “contains milk” the chocolate chips are typically vegan.

Are these treats gluten free?

Yes! These rice Krispie treats are naturally gluten-free. If you are gluten intolerant or have celiac, always purchase gluten-free certified products to prevent any chance of cross contamination. The brand that I used for this recipe, One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps, are certified gluten-free

I don’t own a microwave. Can I melt the chocolate on the stove top?

Absolutely! If you’ve made my 10-Minute Vegan Chocolate Mousse, I included the steps necessary to melt chocolate using a double boiler. If you do not own a microwave, I’d recommend using that same process to melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together.

image of brown rice crisps used to make this recipe with some of the cereal popping out of the top of the box. Beside is the chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats cut into squares sprinkled with flaky sea salt on a cutting board.
3 chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats stacked on top of each other on a small plate.

More Healthy Chocolate Desserts You Might Love:

chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats cut into squares sprinkled with flaky sea salt

I hope you love this healthy spin on marshmallow rice Krispie treats as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. 

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations. 

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

4.25 from 4 votes
These healthy chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats are made with only 5 ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free, no marshmallows and no baking! The layer of chocolate on top adds a perfect touch of decadence.
close up image of chocolate peanut butter rice crispy treats sprinkled with flaky sea salt
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown rice crisps
  • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Chocolate topping:

Instructions

  • Line a square 9×9-inch baking dish with parchment paper (or grease with coconut oil).
  • Place a medium pot over low-heat and add the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth and combined, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Add the rice cereal to a large mixing bowl and pour the peanut butter mixture overtop. Stir gently to coat the rice cereal entirely in the peanut butter mixture.
  • Transfer the rice crisp mixture to the prepared baking dish and press down firmly with the back of the spatula for a compact and even layer. Place the dish in the fridge to cool while you prepare the chocolate topping.
  • In a small glass bowl, add the chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Microwave at 30 second increments, stirring after each increment, until the chocolate is completely melted. (About 3x).
  • Retreive the rice crispies from the fridge and drizzle the melted chocolate on top. Gently tilt the baking dish to coat the chocolate top in an even layer.
  • Place back in the fridge to cool until the chocolate has fully set, at least 30 minutes – preferably 2 hours. Once chilled, cut into squares and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

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Notes

Rice crispy squares will keep for up to one week, store in the fridge in an air-tight container.
Rice crispy squares can also be frozen for for up to one month. Store in the freezer in an air-tight container.
 

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Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Taste great but fall apart as you remove from pan. There’s nothing in the ingredients to bind everything together.

    • Hi Drw! I’ve made this recipe countless of times and haven’t come across this problem. My recommendation would be to press down on the rice crisps to compact, and make sure that it is chilled enough. (You could even try to chill them in the freezer.) Hope this helps!

  2. This is my fav quick go to treat that I like to make to have something for the week to snack on if I need to feed the sweet tooth.

  3. Thank you! I have been looking for a healthy and delicious recipe for rice crispy treats. Cheers!