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
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.
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. And for another chocolaty rice krispie treat, try these chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats!
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.
Love nut butter + coconut? Try these 3-step no-bake chocolate coconut cashew bars from Cotter Crunch! They’re also paleo + vegan.
Peanut Butter Coconut Rice Krispie Treats (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain options)
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- Yield: 16-20 pieces
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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I am looking gor the nutritional info for recipe
I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :)
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!
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.
These look SO good!! Melty PB is just as good as cold PB! ;)
Haha. Very true! ;) And thanks!
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.
Thanks! I hope these will live up to your expectations. :)
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.
Thanks! These are perfect for those moments. ;) And so easily halved if you just want a little. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
I would definitely need to share these with multiple friends so I didn’t eat the whole pan myself. What an awesome treat!
A very good idea, indeed! ;)
Homemade healthy rice krispie treats? I think I just died and went to heaven! Theses look HEAVENLY!
Thanks so much, Bethany!
These krispie treats look fantastic! I love how quick and easy they are! Thanks for the gluten free version!
Thanks and you’re welcome! :)
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!
Are you sure you mean coconut butter and not coconut oil? Because how could anyone not like coconut butter? ;)
I need to start making more fun rice krispie treats like this one! These look amazing!
You definitely do! ;)
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 😄
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! :)
These sound amazing! Love that you combined peanut butter & coconut. :)
Thanks! It really is a delicious combination. :)
Oh these look like the perfect treat!
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!
Haha. What?! I never even thought to taste it. I have to try that now!
The PB coconut topping sounds so intriguing! I need to make these!
Yeah, you do! ;)
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!
I think it is, too! :)