Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

by Kristen on June 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats {gluten free and can be made vegan}

So these things are just about the best things ever. Best. Things. Ever. I know that I’m repeating myself, but I just wanted to make sure you guys know.

I have a bit of a thing for Rice Crispy Treats (or bars or squares.) I haven’t actually made them at home since I was probably 11 but every time I go to a coffee shop where they have them homemade (I’m totally not into those creepy packaged ones that I tried once and are really really gross) I always buy one. Yes, just one :)

But … I didn’t have to stop at just one when they were sitting on my kitchen counter!

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats {gluten free and can be made vegan}

The peanut butter in these is subtle but somehow makes them even better than the original. But do you want to know the best part? Yep, you guessed it: The Chocolate.

When I was eating them I would take a bit of the chocolate-y end, then a bite from the other side, and always finish with the last bite of pure chocolate-y goodness. You really wouldn’t want the whole thing to be covered in chocolate. It’s better to switch things up from bite to bite.

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats {gluten free and can be made vegan}

If you’re not a big peanut butter fan (is there such a thing?) then feel free to leave it out and just make the rest of the recipe as is.

Also, if you have a microwave you can do the melting the marshmallows and butter step in there. Remembering from when I made them as a kid I think it actually works better that way. I haven’t had a microwave in years though so I was stuck with doing it the old fashioned way. :)

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
 
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Recipe type: The Endless Meal
Serves: Makes 9 pieces
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces of marshmallows* (about 45)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for the pan*
  • 6 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Grease the sides and bottom of an 8x8 inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows in a large pot over medium low heat. Stir occasionally. Once melted add the peanut butter, vanilla and salt and stir until the peanut butter has melted. Add Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
  3. Spoon into the prepared baking dish. Wet your hands and give them a shake to remove some of the water. With your damp hands (this will prevent the mixture from sticking to them) gently pat down into the baking dish. Do not press down too hard.
  4. Set aside on the counter or in your fridge to cool for an hour, until set. Cut into 9 squares.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a small pan over medium heat. Dip 1 side of each square into the chocolate and set aside on a piece of parchment paper. Allow chocolate to harden for a few hours before eating. Or dig right in and use the chocolate as a dip :)
Notes
If eating vegan is important to you make sure the marshmallows you use do not contain gelatine. Also, use a butter replacement such as Earth Balance.
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Magic and Mayhem

Do you know of a vegetarian or vegan brand of marshmallows? I don’t know of any. There was a brand that made some years ago but I haven’t seen any vegetarian marshmallows for years.

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Kristen

I know that there is a company called Butter Baked Goods that sells their products locally in Vancouver. Honestly though I think they are far too lovely to melt down to bake with.

There are several places that you can order them online. I think this one looks lovely http://sweetandsara.com/

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Little Cooking Tips

An amazing idea. With amazing photos:)
Unfortunately marshmellows are not available in Greece. Could we use something similar instead? What do you think may do the trick?:)

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Kristen

No marshmallows in Greece? That’s terrible!!

I really don’t think there is a substitute (at least that I can think of) but I do know you can make your own. I’ve never tried to make marshmallows at home but from recipes I’ve seen online it doesn’t look too difficult.

Or maybe see if you can order some online?

Best of luck on your hunt for marshmallows!!

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Tim

Peanut butter and chocolate combo is my weakness. These look too good to resist.

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