Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain options)

These peanut butter coconut Rice Krispie Treats have a peanut butter crisp rice base and coconut peanut butter topping that make these bars hard to resist! With gluten-free, vegan and whole grain options.

Really. These treats are hard to put down. If you have issues with portion control, I suggest making 1/2 the recipe in a 9″x5″ loaf pan (or something even a little smaller) and having a friend around with whom you can share. :D

Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (with gluten-free, vegan and whole grain options)

The base is similar to peanut butter Rice Krispie treats but with some oats thrown in. So don’t expect these to be just like regular peanut butter Rice Krispie treats! I just couldn’t think of a better name. ;) When I made these in the past, I used honey but tried brown rice syrup this time for a vegan version and they’re just as delicious!

Then the topping is nothing but homemade peanut butter and coconut butter. Store bought works just as well, of course, but I prefer my more economical homemade versions. :) I want to put this topping on everything! I wish I could make a spread out of it. I’ve attempted that a few times but the problem is that it always hardens once it’s cooled.

Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (gluten-free, vegan and whole grain options)

I topped them off with mini chocolate chips to make them look a little less drab but I don’t think they added much taste-wise. If you want to add chocolate, I think some melted chocolate + coconut oil would be tastier.

Because of the topping, they need to be kept refrigerated. Below you can see what happens when you leave them out at room temperature for two hours. They also freeze well! Though if you freeze them, you need to defrost them for maybe 20 minutes before eating because they get almost rock hard in there.

Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (with gluten-free, vegan, whole grain options)

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Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain options)

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Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain options)
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  • Yield: 16-20 pieces

Ingredients

    Bottom layer:

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) coconut sugar, raw sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (160 grams) honey or 1/2 cup (150 grams) brown rice syrup for a vegan version
  • 1/2 cup (128 grams) natural peanut butter (the kind with just nuts and salt)
  • 2 cups (60 grams) brown rice cereal or normal Rice Krispies (make sure to use gluten-free / vegan / whole grain, if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) rolled oats (make sure to use gluten-free oats, if necessary)
  • Topping:

  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) melted coconut butter (the kind that’s just ground up coconut, not coconut oil)1
  • 3/4 cup (192 grams) natural peanut butter (the kind with just nuts and salt)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the sugar, honey or brown rice syrup and peanut butter and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add cereal and oats. If it's on the dry side, you may find it easiest to use your hands to combine the mixture. Press into an 8" x 8" baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the melted coconut butter and peanut butter and spread over the cereal mixture. Place the pan in the fridge for about an hour or until it’s set. You can alternatively place the pan in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Can also be frozen.

Notes

  1. I recommend weighing 60 grams into a small saucepan and melting it. 60 grams of unmelted coconut butter is actually a little more than 1/4 cup.

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  • Esther says
    June 22, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

    Pregnant and these satisfy an after dinner craving perfectly, came together so quickly and didn’t call for the standard corn syrup like all the other recipes I saw! Didn’t have coconut butter so made a topping with cocoa, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Thanks! Can’t wait to try some more recipes from your blog!

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    • Erin replies to Esther
      June 23, 2016 @ 10:10 pm

      I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed them and I think your topping sounds great. :) I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes just as much! Thanks for your comment.

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  • Laura says
    June 16, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    These look SO good!! Melty PB is just as good as cold PB! ;)

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    • Erin replies to Laura
      June 17, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

      Haha. Very true! ;) And thanks!

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  • elizabeth@top cookware online says
    May 19, 2016 @ 7:06 am

    These look amazing! They look better than the ones I usually make. I’m definitely going to try out your recipe and see how they go. Thanks! They make great treats for the holidays.

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  • Kelly Barcroft says
    March 21, 2016 @ 11:21 pm

    These look great! I am trying hard not to bake though at the moment so I will have to save this when I cannot control my PB cravings…they look awesome! I love the addition of the oats in the krispies.

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    • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
      March 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

      Thanks! These are perfect for those moments. ;) And so easily halved if you just want a little. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Cookin Canuck says
    March 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

    I would definitely need to share these with multiple friends so I didn’t eat the whole pan myself. What an awesome treat!

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  • Bethany @ athletic avocado says
    March 18, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

    Homemade healthy rice krispie treats? I think I just died and went to heaven! Theses look HEAVENLY!

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  • Andi @ The Weary Chef says
    March 17, 2016 @ 9:25 pm

    These krispie treats look fantastic! I love how quick and easy they are! Thanks for the gluten free version!

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  • Karyn @ Pint Sized Baker says
    March 17, 2016 @ 4:34 pm

    These bars look heavenly! I’m not a big fan of coconut butter, but maybe with some peanut butter it’ll be more palatable for me. :) I’ll have to give it a try!

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    • Erin replies to Karyn @ Pint Sized Baker
      March 18, 2016 @ 8:46 pm

      Are you sure you mean coconut butter and not coconut oil? Because how could anyone not like coconut butter? ;)

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  • Justine | Cooking and Beer says
    March 17, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

    I need to start making more fun rice krispie treats like this one! These look amazing!

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  • Raquel @ My California Roots
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    March 17, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

    These look so great, Erin! I’m thinking that an additional layer of chocolate on top of the peanut butter topping would be amazing. And maybe some chocolate chips inside, too 😄

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    • Erin replies to Raquel @ My California Roots
      March 18, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

      Oooh! Or adding the chocolate chips while the mixture is still warm so they get all melty! I’m so trying that next time. Thanks for the idea! :)

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  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
    March 17, 2016 @ 2:03 pm

    These sound amazing! Love that you combined peanut butter & coconut. :)

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  • Crystal says
    March 17, 2016 @ 2:27 am

    Oh these look like the perfect treat!

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  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
    March 17, 2016 @ 12:28 am

    Oh my gosh, these sound amazing. I have a thing for brown rice syrup (I could eat it with a spoon), so I was sold right there. But I also love the look of the texture of the base. Yum!

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  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
    March 16, 2016 @ 10:42 pm

    The PB coconut topping sounds so intriguing! I need to make these!

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  • Angie says
    March 16, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    These rice krispie treats look amazing! What a treat to use homemade peanut butter and coconut butter! I’ll have to check out that Bon Recipé too, looks like a great deal!

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    • Erin replies to Angie
      March 17, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

      I think it is, too! :)

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