Jun 23, 2023 (Last updated Oct 19, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
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!
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!
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!
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).
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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