There’s so many reasons to love this peanut butter rice krispie treats recipe.
Firstly, there’s only 4 ingredients: peanut butter, honey, rice krispies & chocolate. With 2/4 of those ingredients being cupboard staples.
Secondly, it couldn’t be easier to make. It takes around 10 minutes to prep all of the ingredients and then you just need to wait patiently (ok this could be hard) for it to set in the fridge.
Plus because this is a recipe for peanut butter rice krispie treats without marshmallow, the prep/cleaning process is a lot easier. No sticky mess here!
For ease, I say to use a runny peanut butter for this rice krispie treat recipe. If you use a really firm peanut butter, it’s harder to combine with the honey.
We aren’t brand snobs with this recipe – no need to buy actual rice krispies, buy your supermarket’s budget equivalent as we are going to be adding the flavour and texture in this recipe. I used these ‘rice snaps’ from Asda.
To sweeten our peanut butter rice krispie treats, I use honey, as it’s readily available in most people’s cupboards. You could also use maple syrup or agave nectar if you have that instead.
You can choose which chocolate you’d like to use here, as it’s a matter of preference. I chose milk chocolate as a few people in my house don’t like dark, but I reckon dark chocolate would contrast really nicely with the sweet peanuty base.
Add the honey and peanut butter into a large microwavable bowl.
Place in the microwave for 15 seconds on a medium heat to loosen and then mix together.
To that, pour the rice crispies into the bowl and mix together until all is combined.
Line a rectangular dish with some cling film. I used a 10 inch by 7 inch glass dish or for thicker slices use an 8 inch by 6 inch dish.Then pour the mixture into the dish and spread out evenly.
Pack in tightly by adding some pressure by pressing firmly using a solid object (I used a glass measuring jug) into the dish.
Heat the chocolate over in a glass bowl placed over boiling water until melted.
Pour the melted chocolate into the dish and spread using a spatula.
Place in the fridge for a couple of hours, or if you are in a rush place in the freezer for 1 hour and the crispy treats are ready to eat.
Slice into squares and enjoy!
Can I use chunky peanut butter?
You can! I used smooth runny peanut butter, but you could definitely use chunky (still runny if possible) for some added texture.
Can I melt the chocolate in the microwave?
Yes! Just be careful not to burn the chocolate. Add in the microwave and heat for 15 seconds at a time, stirring/rotating the chocolate after each 15 seconds. Once it’s melted follow the same steps as the rest of the healthy peanut butter rice crispy treats recipe.
Can I use non-runny peanut butter?
You can, but you might need to add more honey a splash of water to be able to get the paste-like texture that you see in the process shots. This may affect the final result, but I’m sure the end result would still be delicious.
Are rice krispies gluten free?
Sadly this recipe is not gluten free as the rice krispies/rice snaps include malt in the ingredients, which comes from barley (which contains gluten). To make this recipe gluten free, use a GR rice cereal.
Can I make this recipe vegan?
These homemade rice krispie treats can be made vegan by substituting honey for maple syrup & the milk chocolate to dark chocolate.