7 Ingredient Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These 7 ingredient peanut butter rice krispie treats are so addictive! They are sweet, salty, crunchy and topped with a layer of decadent chocolate.

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These sweet, salty, crunchy treats were sort of a happy accident.

I was cleaning out our pantry the other day and happened to find a bag of rice krispies cereal. I really wanted the kids to either eat them or use them right away so that I didn’t have to find a tupperware container to put them in. While I was clearing off the top shelf I also found a bag of mini marshmallows nearing their expiration date.

You see where this is going, right?

I so badly wanted to whip up a batch of my favorite gooey rice krispie treats, however, since I can’t have dairy right now, that wasn’t really an option. Yes, you can swap out the butter for coconut oil (just like I did in this recipe), but without additional ingredients they just don’t taste the same. They need butter, trust me.

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So I grabbed some peanut butter instead along with vanilla extract, sea salt and chocolate and go to work. It took all of 15 minutes for me to make these bars… and only 7 ingredients!

Pretty impressive if you ask me.

While these don’t require any baking, they do require a little heat. You can melt the peanut butter marshmallow mixture and the chocolate on the stovetop or in the microwave, whichever you prefer.

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Simply combine a few tablespoons of coconut oil or butter in a non-stick pot place over medium-low heat. Once melted, add a full bag of mini marshmallows. Let them melt, stir them every few minutes to help speed the process along.

When the marshmallows are nice and creamy, add the peanut butter and stir it in quickly to prevent it from burning. Remove the pan from the stovetop immediately. Add a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Pour in the rice krispies (white or brown rice works here) and stir until they are evenly coated.

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Press into an 8×8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper. This will allow you to avoid greasing the pan.

Melt 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips or chunks and spread over top. And like always, add a pinch of salt. 👌

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Place the bars in the refrigerator until the chocolate topping has set. This takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Remove the bars from the pan, cut into squares and enjoy.

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These 7 ingredient peanut butter rice krispie treats are so addictive! They are sweet, salty, crunchy and topped with a layer of decadent chocolate. If your home is anything like ours, they will disappear in no time! We’re obsessed!!

7 Ingredient Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These 6 ingredient peanut butter rice krispie treats are so addictive! They are sweet, salty, crunchy and topped with a layer of decadent chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 (16 oz.) bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt + more for topping
  • 5 c. crispy rice cereal (white or brown)
  • 1 1/2 c. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks*

Directions:

  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment or wax paper, set aside.
  2. In a large non-stick pot set over medium-low heat, add the oil or butter. Once melted add the mini marshmallows. Stir every minute or so until they have melted completely.
  3. Stir in peanut butter, then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and salt, mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in rice cereal, coat evenly.
  4. With a rubber spatula, stir continuously until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny. Remove from heat and mix in salt and vanilla.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press with the spatula to create a dense, even layer.
  6. In a double boiler or a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate until smooth. Spread over the top of the bars. Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 10-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

* I used Enjoy Life dark morsels as I am temporarily dairy free.

– I prefer using Skippy Natural (creamy) in all of my peanut butter recipes.

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