These peanut butter rice krispies treats for two made in a bread loaf pan are so sweet and delicious. Super fast to make--they're crunchy, sweet and chewy rice krispie treats made with peanut butter and mini marshmallows. They're made in a loaf pan for a small batch serving, but you can double and use an 8" square pan instead.
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Well, the time has come to introduce Camille to rice crispy treats. I realized this the other day when she was eating an unsalted dry rice cake and referred to it as a 'rice krispies treat.'
It was like a slap in the face as a parent. My kid actually thought a rice crispy treat was an unsalted rice cake/ hockey puck spread with all-natural sugar-free peanut butter infused with flax seed. Someone lock me up. I'm clearly an unfit parent, and am ruining this kid's life.
The even sadder part is that I make peanut butter rice krispies treats all the time, but I eat them in the pantry while hiding from her.
So, I pulled out the marshmallows and began to make my small batch of rice krispie treats.
But, being the mother that I am, I had to include some kind of healthy thing in there. It's just who I am. So, I plopped in some peanut butter for protein, you know? I don't know why I never thought of this before, but DANG, peanut butter in rice krispies treats is incredible.
Camille tasted her first real rice crispy treat, and now I know she'll never go back to the other version. It's okay, childhood is for marshmallows and nutritionally devoid cereal, right? As a child of the 80s, I've had my fair share of both--it's safe to say.
Sometimes, I add sprinkles on top for her, because nothing says love like sprinkles to a toddler. I typically hand her a small ramekin with sprinkles instead of giving her the entire sprinkles jar, otherwise they quickly turn into sprinkles treats!
- Butter. Unsalted or salted butter works, no real difference here because we're only using 2 tablespoons.
- Peanut Butter. The best peanut butter to use is a regular, plain peanut butter. I don't like the ones that require stirring, or ones that have oil separated out on the surface. Regular, plain peanut butter is what you're looking for.
- Marshmallows. You can use mini marshmallows or regular large marshmallows. You need 5 ounces total, which is 22 big marshmallows or 2 ½ cups of minis. If you're looking for peanut butter Rice Krispie treats without marshmallows, try my healthy rice krispie treat recipe.
- Crisp Rice Cereal. You know the one I'm talking about, right?
How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- Gather ingredients: butter, peanut butter, marshmallows of choice, and the cereal. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper in just one direction. Give all sides a quick spray with cooking spray.
- In a small sauce pan, melt the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat. Take your time, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
- Once everything is fully melted and homogenous, add the cereal. Stir quickly to bring everything together (it becomes stiff and harder to stir quickly).
- Press the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, and let cool for one very long hour before serving. To serve, lift the parchment paper out of the pan, and cut into 2-4 pieces.
Can I double this recipe?
If you're new around here, I make small batch desserts; you probably knew this though, right. I made these peanut butter rice krispie treats in a 9" bread loaf pan. You can slice them into 3 thick bars or 4 pieces, either way, and you still don't have an entire tray of them on your counter tempting you. Personally, in my house, we cut these bars in two and each of us enjoys a giant bakery-sized rice krispies treat.
However, you can absolutely DOUBLE THIS RECIPE and make it in an 8" square baking pan, the same pan you use for brownies and blondies.
Are peanut butter Rice Krispie treats healthy?
Um, well, in my opinion, no. There is protein in the peanut butter, but they contain a lot of sugar. However, this recipe is small portion, so you'll have less tempting dessert to eat.
Can I add a chocolate ganache on top?
You absolutely can; what a great idea! Use the recipe from my mini chocolate cake for the ganache topping. But also: don't miss the chocolate version of these rice krispies treats! --> Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 5 ounces marshmallows (about 22 big marshmallows or 2 ½ cups of the mini marshmallows)
- 2 ½ cups rice krispies cereal
- First, line an 8 or 9" bread loaf pan with parchment paper in one direction, and spray all sides with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a 2 quart sauce pan, melt the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows over medium heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the rice krispies cereal. Mix very well!
- Press the mixture into the prepared pan, and let cool for an hour to set.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g