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Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

Super easy 4-ingredient rice krispies treats made with chocolate and peanut butter. They are so delicious and a huge crowd-pleaser! And bonus point – they are much healthier than traditional rice krispies treats (less sugar, no butter, no marshmallow)!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword #crowdpleaser, #partydessert, #partyfood, #partyrecipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Freezing time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24 squares
Calories 131 kcal
Author The Passolt Family

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces /200 grams chocolate dark or semisweet – roughly chopped
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter the natural kind, without added oil or sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 cups unsweetened puffed rice cereal I find them at my local grocery store – see notes

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate, peanut butter and honey in a large microwave-safe bowl (make sure it'll be big enough for all the puffed rice later on). 

  2. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each and watching carefully so that the chocolate does not burn. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove it from the microwave and stir until smooth.

  3. Stir in puffed rice and mix thoroughly until all the rice is covered with the chocolate mixture.

  4. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13" baking dish, spread it evenly and press very firmly with the back of a spoon.

    Note: If your baking dish is non-stick like mine, you may want to line it with parchment paper so you don't have to cut the squares directly in the dish and damage it.

  5. Place in the freeze for about an hour. Cut into squares and serve!

  6. You can either store the squares in the fridge or in the freezer if you prefer them extra firm (we love to keep ours in the freezer). They will keep for at least 10 days (they were all devoured beyond that).

Recipe Notes

How to cut the bars

Can you use Rice Krispies® or Cocoa Krispies® cereals?

In terms of texture, it would work perfectly, yes. However, since I haven't tested it, I can't tell if it would be too sweet or not since these cereals are already sweetened (and reducing the amount of honey may compromise the texture and make them more crumbly). My guess is that it should be ok if you are used to sweet treats (since in the traditional recipe, we also add marshmallows) but you would need to test it yourself. If you do, let me know!

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 59mg 2%
Potassium 102mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.