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Bite shot of vegan peanut butter rice krispie treats topped with melted chocolate and sea salt flakes

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

  • Author: Lauren Casolaro
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9-16 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These peanut butter rice krispie treats are a healthier spin on the childhood classic! These no bake vegan and gluten-free peanut butter rice krispie treats are topped with melted dark chocolate and flaky sea salt for an elevated, indulgent dessert.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups brown rice crisps
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • sea salt, for garnish


  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, hemp seeds, brown rice crisps, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until completely combined.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, press the rice krispie mixture into a flat, even layer in the prepared dish. 
  4. In a small bowl, add dark chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave for a total of 1 minute and 30 seconds, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. 
  5. Pour melted chocolate over the rice krispie mixture and tilt the dish or use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly/cover the bar mixture entirely. 
  6. Place the dish in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until the bars are completely cool and chocolate has set and hardened. Sprinkle with sea salt and cut into 9-16 bars (depending on how big or small you'd like them). Enjoy! 


Depending on the consistency of your peanut butter, you may need more or less brown rice crisps. Regardless, I would recommend starting with 2 1/2 cups of brown rice crisps and add more (up to 3 cups) as needed. If you use a thicker peanut butter (think Jif or Skippy), you'll likely need to stay at 2 1/2 cups of brown rice crisps. But if you're using natural, runny peanut butter (think Justin's), you'll likely need 3 cups of brown rice crisps.

Remove the bars from the fridge or freezer ~5 minutes before you're ready to serve them so they can soften up a bit. 

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months in an airtight container. 

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here


  • Serving Size: 1 Rice Krispie Treat
  • Calories: 266
  • Sugar: 9.7g
  • Sodium: 175mg
  • Fat: 17.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8g

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