Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats (vegan, gluten-free options)

These healthier chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispies treats are nice and chewy, naturally sweetened and incredibly quick and simple to put together! With gluten-free, 100% whole grain, vegan and dairy-free options.

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats – naturally sweetened and with gluten-free, 100% whole grain, vegan, and dairy-free options!

These bars are the perfect solution to a peanut butter and chocolate craving. Just toss all the liquid stuff together in a pot, melt, and stir in the Rice Krispies. Couldn’t be simpler!

These peanut butter Rice Krispie Treats use brown rice syrup in place of corn syrup or granulated sugar or whatever it is that most people use in Rice Krispie treats. I suppose sugar is sugar but still, I prefer using brown rice syrup over corn syrup. I know brown rice syrup isn’t something most people have at home (I got mine at an organic shop but also found it here so I also tried these bars with honey, but the honey flavor was too strong. I’m guessing you could use agave if that’s something you have on hand, but I haven’t actually tried it so I can’t say for sure.

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats – naturally sweetened and with  gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free, and vegan options!

I actually did try an all maple syrup version but they weren’t nearly chewy enough. It seems as though some type of thicker syrup is needed for chewiness. And chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats without chewiness is just sad.

This makes a relatively small batch but it’s super easy to double or triple or whatever you want. I prefer small batches because… you know. I’d eat them all in one sitting. A small batch minimizes the damage. :D

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats – can be made gluten-free, whole grain, vegan and dairy-free! And they're naturally sweetened.

If you need these to be gluten-free, make sure you buy GF brown rice cereal. They’re made with whole grain brown rice so that’d make these treats 100% whole grain + gluten-free. I’m sure any other brown rice cereal would work!

And because I didn’t use any honey here, these peanut butter Rice Krispie treats are vegan, too. And dairy-free. So basically: you can make these peanut butter treats gluten-free, 100% whole grain, vegan, and dairy-free. Yeah! Despite their dietary friendliness, these are still awesome. So don’t let it hold you back from making these!

For a more classic version, try these chocolate dipped krispie treats from Allergylicious!

Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (vegan, gluten-free options)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats (vegan, gluten-free options)
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  • Yield: 8 bars


  • 1/3 cup (87 grams) natural peanut butter (click here for an easy homemade peanut butter recipe), almond butter or Sun Butter
  • 1/4 cup (75 grams) brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies (60 grams) (use GF brown rice cereal for a GF version)
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) chopped semi-sweet chocolate, melted (Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free version)


  1. Get out a piece of parchment paper (mine was about 9"x5").
  2. In a medium pot over low heat, mix together the peanut butter, rice syrup, and maple syrup.
  3. Heat until the mixture bubbles, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Add the Rice Krispies and carefully stir until the Rice Krispies are well coated.
  5. Scoop the mixture onto the parchment paper and pat into your desired shape.
  6. Pat down so that the mixture is relatively compact. My bars were about 3/4" thick.
  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes and then spread on the chocolate.
  8. Refrigerate for an hour and then cut into bars.
  9. Place in an airtight container and keep at room temperature (or refrigerate) for up to 1 week.

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34 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats (vegan, gluten-free options)” — Add one!

  • Marie Butcher
    March 26, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    Yum 👅. I made these yesterday, my daughter who isn’t a big fan of chocolate and peanut butter (crazy, I know), are 4 of them.

    • Erin replies to Marie Butcher
      March 26, 2017 @ 9:47 pm

      Yay! That’s awesome. So happy she liked them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • dks64
    May 15, 2015 @ 6:09 am

    These are absolutely AMAZING!!! I have to drive a distance to find vegan marshmallows, so your recipe was a great substitute for the traditional recipe. I used a mix of cashew butter and sunflower butter (trying to use up jars before my big move) and it was PERFECT. I pretty much ate most of the batch myself in 2 days. I will 100% be making these again soon, for my bridal shower too!

    • Erin replies to dks64
      May 25, 2015 @ 10:40 am

      I’m thrilled that you liked them so much! A mix of cashew and sunflower butter sounds great. I hope they’ll be enjoyed at your bridal shower and I’m really sorry it took me so long to respond! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • felicity
    April 7, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    Love ur blog and all ur recipes! Omg can i just say these were AMAZING!!! Definitely hit the sweet spot! i think these are actually better than the ones i remember having as kid and soo much healthier and soo quick and easy and my my housemate loved them too.. i think ill b making these again and again and again.

    • Erin replies to felicity
      April 7, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

      Thank you! :) And I’m so happy that they came out well for you! I definitely need to make these again. It’s been too long! Thanks a ton for your feedback today. :)

  • Heather
    October 6, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    Hi Erin! I didn’t have brown rice syrup so used agave syrup instead. I was also lazy. Instead of melting the chocolate chips, I just spread them in an even layer on the Crispies. Once they melted, I just spread them with a spatula. Worked like a charm! These turned out delicious!!! I agree that it’s good to have a small batch, unless you have a teenager who eats the rest before you can indulge in just one more!!! But, because they are so easy and quick, I can make another batch tonight!

    • Erin replies to Heather
      October 7, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

      Hi Heather! :) I’m happy they came out and I like your way of doing the chocolate chips. I think I’ll have to work quicker next time so that the mixture is actually warm by the time I’m finished shaping it. I usually fiddle around so long that it’s room temperature by the time I’m done with it. ;) Thanks so much for the feedback and have a great week!

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      replies to Heather
      November 30, 2014 @ 5:02 am

      I was in the same situation so I subbed agave syrup. Unfortunately, though I boiled mine for about a minute, they were not chewy at all. Tasty, but I really miss the chewiness. If you find yourself in the same situation, I would let it boil longer to become maybe even the soft ball state.

      NB: I also increased this by 1.5 because I had a larger pan I wanted to use. I don’t think that will affect much though, aside from the rate of heating maybe.

      • Erin replies to
        December 2, 2014 @ 10:20 am

        I think brown rice syrup is a lot stickier than agave syrup, which probably explains why your agave version didn’t come out chewy. I’m happy that they were still tasty, though! Thanks so much for the feedback and for the tip on boiling longer if using agave. :)

  • manuela says
    July 29, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    Ich bin gerade von einem Rezept zum anderen gehüpft :) eine wahre Freude. Ich gratuliere dir zu diesem schönen Blog!

    • Erin replies to manuela
      July 29, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Manuela, for the super nice comment! I hope that you found some good recipes to try. :)

  • Sandy says
    June 28, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

    Do you recommend crunchy or creamy natural peanut butter?

    • Erin replies to Sandy
      June 29, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      I like creamy but if you prefer crunchy, I’m assuming it’d work. Hope you’ll like them! :)

  • DessertForTwo
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:08 am

    Ahh! Love these! I make a healthy marshmallow-free crispy treat all the time. I use grass fed gelatin instead of marshmallows. It’s awesome. But you’re pretty awesome too ;)

    • Erin replies to DessertForTwo
      June 21, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

      Haha. Thanks! And your gelatin in crispy treats thing sounds interesting! Going to go look for the recipe. :)

  • Samina | The Cupcake Confession says
    June 11, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    Rice Krispie treats are my ABSOLUTE favorite and I couldn’t agree more! It’s the chewiness that makes it SO SO EPIC! Loveeeee the fact that this is a MUCH healthier version! Can’t wait to make these for my girls’ movie night in! <3

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    June 11, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    Love that you made healthier chocolate pb rice krispie treats!

  • Melissa @ Bless this Mess says
    June 10, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    Mmmm! These look perfect! I love everything about them. My kids thank you too :)

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
    June 10, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    This sounds amazing! Healthy PB treats – I am IN! Pinned!

  • Susan says
    June 10, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    Erin, as far as I know, brown rice syrup is probably the healthiest sugar option apart from honey. Agave, even though it has a low glycemic index is not good for you (don’t remember the exact reason) and corn syrup? ‘Nuf said. Honey taste does tend to be too strong, and I don’t particularly like it, but I discovered mesquite honey, and that I actually like. It doesn’t seem as strong as most. I don’t know how available that is outside the desert southwest, but it’s worth a try if you can find it.

    • Erin replies to Susan
      June 13, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

      You seem to know a lot about mesquite products! Is that a specialty in your area? It sounds interesting. :) I really don’t think I’ll find it in Germany but I’ll give it a go! Thanks for the tip and your thoughtful comment. :)

  • Becca - Cookie Jar Treats says
    June 10, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen a rice krispie treat without marshmallows, but these look delicious nonetheless :)

  • Bill
    June 10, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    Looks disgusting. I’ll take a dozen.

    • Erin replies to Bill
      June 13, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

      Haha. Your comment mortified me at first. ;)

  • How to Philosophize with Cake says
    June 9, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    That looks awesome! Much better than the typical rice krispy treat. You can’t go wrong with PB + chocolate! :)

  • Julia | says
    June 9, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    Erin, what a deliciousness! I want these right now for my lunch! Pinned!


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