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Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares

Vegan chocolate peanut butter rice krispie squares made with 6 ingredients. All you need is peanut butter, maple syrup, crispy rice cereal, chocolate, vanilla and salt.
Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Servings 8


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, natural
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup vegan chocolate, dark or semi-sweet
  • Flaky salt, for topping (optional)


  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Stir in the crispy rice cereal until combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press very well to flatten.
  • Melt the chocolate with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. I use the microwave, 30 seconds at a time until melted.
  • Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the squares. Add a sprinkle of flaky salt if desired.
  • Freeze the bars for at least 1 hour before cutting. Cut into 8-10 squares.


Store the bars in the freezer in an airtight container. These bars crumble easily when stored in the fridge. This is why I recommend cutting them after they've been in the freezer for at least 1 hour. I find that they're best enjoyed straight from the freezer. You can eat them straight from the freezer or leave them at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating.
Make sure to press the bars very well in the pan to limit crumbling
Use your favorite crispy rice cereal. Use a vegan cereal to make these bars vegan. Choose gluten-free cereal if needed.
I used a natural salted peanut butter. If you use natural unsalted peanut butter, add an extra pinch of salt to taste.
You should be able to replace the maple syrup with brown rice syrup, but I haven't tried it myself.