A classic childhood recipe, these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are made with 5 simple ingredients in minutes for a gluten free and vegan recipe perfect for every occasion! Nut free option.
Who Doesn’t Love a Good Rice Krispie Treat?
I don’t know about you, but I love a good rice krispie treat recipe! Soft, gooey, and containing just the right amount of sweetness, they were a childhood staple for me. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also super easy to make, making them perfect for the holiday season! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good classic recipe such as Raspberry Thumbprint cookies or chocolate chips cookies. However, sometimes you just need something super quick and versatile. Am I right?
So, I decided to make these peanut butter rice krispie treats! Not only are they gluten free, but they’re also vegan and have a nut-free option for rice krispie treats variations everyone can enjoy. Even better, they’re made in minutes with just 5 ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen.
This recipe is a super fun way to get the kids involved as well as they create different shapes and decorate their own treats to enjoy. No matter how you choose to make these peanut butter rice krispie treats, they’re guaranteed to be a crowd-pleasing dessert!
Ingredients and Alternatives
Want to know a secret? These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are made without marshmallows! Oh yes, it’s possible! As a result, they’re gluten free and vegan for a sweet treat everyone can enjoy. Plus, the ingredients are super versatile to meet all your dietary needs. Take a look below to find everything you’ll need as well as easy alternatives.
Rice Krispies – The popular cereal is most commonly used, but any kind of brown rice crisps work just as well!
Peanut Butter – I used a creamy, no-stir peanut butter, but sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or any nut or seed butter you prefer can be used. Just keep in mind that the flavor of your rice krispie treats will vary slightly depending on what you use!
Agave or Maple Syrup – Use agave or maple syrup to add sweetness and hold the cereal together!
Foodie Swap: You could use honey instead. However, agave has a similar texture to rice syrup or corn syrup, ingredients found in store-bought bars without the need for refined syrups!
How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Even though these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats aren’t made with all of the typical ingredients you’d expect to see in a rice krispie treat variation, they’re just as easy to make, if not easier than the traditional recipe! Just follow the steps below.
Combine and Boil. Combine the nut butter, agave syrup, and salt in a small saucepan, and bring the ingredients to a soft boil then reduce to medium low for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the vanilla and rice crispies, and stir to combine the ingredients.
Baking Tip: Stir quickly! You want the ingredients to be well-combined before they begin to cool and set.
Press. Once combined, press the mixture into a baking sheet, and let it chill in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
How to Make Festive Rice Krispie Treats Variations
While the standard shape for rice krispie treat recipes tends to be rectangles served plain, there are lots of fun shapes, sizes, and extras you can add to your treats to make them special for the holiday season, cookie exchanges, and more!
Fun Shapes & Sizes
Switch things up and create unique shapes using cookie cutters, chocolate molds, or just shaping them with your hands! A few of my favorite shapes include:
- Christmas Trees
- Candy Canes
Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies
Did you know you can even make peanut butter balls with rice krispies? It’s true! To do so, all you have to do is combine the ingredients, and shape them into balls instead of pressing them into the baking sheet. Then, pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes to set. Once set, coat them in chocolate, add any additional toppings, and let them sit on a baking sheet until the chocolate has set.
Pro-Tip: Use a cookie scoop to create evenly sized balls!
While these peanut butter rice krispie treats are delicious as they are, there are endless flavor options and ways to make these treats your own. For instance, try adding in pieces of your favorite candy, mix in cookie pieces to create oreo rice krispie treats, mix in nuts, and more!
Feel free to add decorations to create a festive flair and celebrate your personality! Some of my favorite options include:
How to Store Leftover Peanut Butter Rice Krispies
To keep your Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats soft and fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
If your rice krispie treats aren’t sticking together, it’s likely due to too many cereal pieces. Luckily, it’s an easy fix! Just slowly add a bit more peanut butter or agave to the mixture, stirring to combine until all of the ingredients are well incorporated and sticking together. Answer goes here…
If your rice krispie treats are too hard, you’re probably packing them too tightly! Don’t smash them into the baking pan. Instead, lightly pack them down with your hand, making sure to leave a bit of air.
Yes! This recipe works well with any cereal you like best. For an extra chocolatey flavor, I recommend using cocoa rice crisps!
This Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat recipe was super fun to make and can easily be decorated to fit every occasion! What are your favorite rice krispie treat variations? Let me know in the comments below!