Peanut Butter Protein Rice Crispy Treats

Here's the Dish

I don’t know about you, but rice krispy treats bring me straight back to my childhood! I recreated these treats to be a balanced snack by making a few subtle changes; such as using gluten free (which is also made with brown rice) rice krispies, and honey instead of marshmallows. By adding protein powder, these become a well-rounded snack that is perfect to make with kids, or as a pre or post-workout treat!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 25-30 minutes.


Begin by spraying a 9×9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.


Pour rice krispies into a large bowl, and pour honey, peanut butter, protein powder, and salt into bowl with the rice cereal.


Spray a spatula with non-stick spray, (this will make it so the batter doesn’t stick to the spatula), and stir until everything is well combined.


Spoon batter into the prepared baking dish, and spread batter evenly into pan with the spatula.


If using chocolate, melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted. (Be careful not to over-microwave, or chocolate will burn). Pour the melted chocolate over the batter and spread evenly.


Place rice krispy treats in the freezer for about 30 minutes,¬†until¬†they firm up, and move them to the fridge. Keep rice krispie treats stored in the fridge to keep them at the perfect ‘firm’ texture! (Note: You could also cut them into squares, and wrap them individually, and put them back in the freezer for a quick healthy treat that is ready when you are!)


4 cupsGluten Free Rice Krispies Cereal (or brown rice cereal)
1/2 cupHoney (or brown rice syrup)
1/2 cupPeanut butter
1/2 cupVanilla or plain protein powder
PinchSalt (or to taste)
Optional: Semi sweet or dark chocolate 1

1 This is an optional ingredient that can be used for topping the rice krispy treats, so you can use as much or little as you desire!

Katie's Tip!

These rice krispy treats have a great balance of complex carbs (brown rice cereal), healthy fats (peanut butter), and protein (protein powder). Therefore, they make a great pre or post workout snack!

Nutrition Breakdown

9 Rice Crispy Treats
210 Calories per Serving
7 g Fat
28 g Carbohydrate
1 g Fiber
16 g Sugar
9 g Protein
6 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Kristin said:

These are SO delicious! I made them with chocolate protein powder, and they are the best rice crispy treats!

May 11th, 2012 — 10:46am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

You really have EVERY favorite food of mine that I have cut out of my diet. I CANNOT wait to enjoy healthier versions of these fav. foods of mine thanks to your hard work :)

May 28th, 2012 — 6:18pm  |  Reply

Janelle said:

These were soooo good! I’m making them for a church picnic. I go to a potluck/picnic and never know if anything is healthy, so im starting the healthy- potluck trend :) A card will be placed with the wwp+ info in front of the dish, so everyone will know, along with your website address :)e Ps: I topped it with vegan chocolate and it was still delish :)

June 2nd, 2012 — 9:17pm  |  Reply

Iquo Udoekong said:

This looks delicious. Can I use regular Rice Krispies instead of Gluten Free ones?

June 12th, 2012 — 9:21pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

of course!

June 12th, 2012 — 10:34pm  | 

Iquo Udoekong said:

OMG! I finished making these and they are SOOO delicious! I put chocolate on mine and the chocolate makes them rich! They are so good! ^.^

June 13th, 2012 — 1:08am  | 

Jenn Ryckbost said:

I made these with Cheerios instead. My husband and 2 year old are huge fans!

June 13th, 2012 — 7:08pm  |  Reply

Iquo Udoekong said:

Ooh! Cheerios! I’m gonna have to try that next time!

June 18th, 2012 — 2:54am  | 

Audra Logan said:

I made these last night and my husband loved them! I didn’t have any vanilla protein powder but I did have chocolate!!! Delicious! Thanks so much!!!

June 15th, 2012 — 4:36pm  |  Reply

Liz Stark said:

About to make these right now! :)

August 12th, 2012 — 12:43pm  |  Reply

Liz Stark said:

These are seriously the best, Katie! I’ve tried three of your recipes so far and they have all been 100% successful and delicious. I definitely plan to try MANY many more of your recipes! :)

August 13th, 2012 — 8:24am  | 

julia said:

They were a hit with my family and I’ll be making them again! You can’t even tell they’re “healthy” :) I used half honey and half maple syrup and used chocolate protein powder.

August 19th, 2012 — 7:50pm  |  Reply

Rochelle Hand said:

Simple and amazing!

August 29th, 2012 — 6:50pm  |  Reply

Stef said:

My husband has been GF for almost 2 years and I have just come across your website today!! I already have several of your recipes I cannot wait to try this one is happening tonight, he is so excited and so am I! It will be great to bake for him again. Thank you so much!

September 3rd, 2012 — 7:54pm  |  Reply

Whitney said:

ARe the calories with or with out the chocolate on top?

September 3rd, 2012 — 9:02pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


September 4th, 2012 — 10:02am  | 

Tara Jackson said:

I know you don’t promote one brand over another, but what kind of peanut butter do you use with these recipes? I have peanut butter powder that I just ordered, but am not sure what is the most healthy peanut butter to buy.

September 5th, 2012 — 6:26pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Any natural kind :)

September 5th, 2012 — 9:31pm  | 

Jillian Iacadoro said:

These are by far my favorite Dashing Dish recipe! I’ve been making them for months…usually for snacks for my husband and I, but sometimes for family functions, and they never last long! I make them with the melted chocolate on top, and in a 13×9 inch pan so the recipe goes further. Delicious — I think they’re even better than traditional krispie treats!

October 18th, 2012 — 2:41pm  |  Reply

Michelle said:

My husband is going to love these as a birthday surprise treat! His favorite from childhood that neither one of us has had in decades because of eating healthy and staying away from marshmallows and other refined sugars. I found some organic brown rice no salt added crispy rice cereal that will be perfectly guilt-free :). And of course high quality 70% cacao organic dark chocolate and organic no salt added peanut butter and raw organic honey and vanilla pea protein powder. The only question I have is can I use parchment paper to line the baking dish instead of oiling it? Do they still come out as nice? I guess I will find out soon! Thank you soooo much for this recipe !

November 8th, 2012 — 8:13pm  |  Reply

Megan Kavanagh said:

How do you think these will turn out if I make my own peanut butter with peanut flour and almond milk? Do you have any suggestions for making peanut flour into peanut butter?

December 27th, 2012 — 4:33pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

just use enough milk or water to mix with pf to get a pb consistency :) it should work in place of the pb

December 28th, 2012 — 10:56am  | 

Michelle said:

Just finished making these, the only subistutions that I used was the PB2, organic brown rice cocoa krispies. If they taste as good as they did from the bowl, I can’t wait!

January 2nd, 2013 — 3:58pm  |  Reply

Michelle said:

The verdict is in…..two thumbs up from my daughter who is pretty picky. She even said I know what I am having for breakfast in the morning!

January 2nd, 2013 — 5:01pm  |  Reply

Danielle said:

These treats are absolutely amazing. My husband and I make a batch every week! They taste delicious and are really easy to make! My co-workers also loved them! Thanks for this amazing recipe! Its now a staple in our family!

March 11th, 2013 — 2:42pm  |  Reply

Donna Phillips said:

Love these! It’s my go-to sweet snack and sometimes my breakfast before workout. I used the organic powdered pb this time and the total fat grams are1.5 compared to 16. What do you think the weight watcher points are for them made this way?

March 21st, 2013 — 7:50pm  |  Reply

Davi said:

Fabulous and crunchy! Thank you!
Helpful hint: To more easily combine the ingredients, I warmed the honey and peanut butter in a saucepan. Then I added them to the Rice Crispy/protein powder combo (after lightly tossing the dry ingredients to keep the powder from clumping). The bars began to firm up perfectly as I pressed them into the pan.

October 27th, 2013 — 4:50pm  |  Reply

Maggie said:

These are absolutely amazing! I made them with Kashi GoLean cereal and a bit more peanut butter, and they seriously taste like dessert. Thank you for posting this! Delicious!

February 3rd, 2014 — 8:48pm  |  Reply

Jess said:

I love these!! They are just so easy to make, and sooo yummy!!
My tip: use liquid honey! first try i used creamed honey and it was hard to get all ingredients to mix together.


February 24th, 2014 — 12:53am  |  Reply

Brittany said:

Love these. They are so yummy! However I melt my ingredients on the stove to loosen up the peanut butter and honey and pour the protein powder in and get t stirred and then add Rice Krispies. It all sticks together so nicely!

March 10th, 2014 — 8:36pm  |  Reply

Shelby said:

I made these with puffed kamut and all natural, straight-up peanuts-only peanut butter and they were delicious. They’re for my boyfriend, who likes his chocolate as dark as possible, so I was concerned they’d be a little too sweet for him. So, I just used a 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup plus a tablespoon of 100% cocoa, and a pinch of salt and poured it over. Since it’s very thin, it looks like less of a ganache than this picture, but it seeped through the grains and adds the perfect hit of salty, dark-dark-dark-chocolatiness that couterbalances the super sweetness of the pb honey perfectly! I’m really happy with how these turned out.

June 22nd, 2014 — 6:59am  |  Reply

Mary said:

What kind of honey do you use Raw or liquid?

February 16th, 2015 — 9:07am  |  Reply

val said:

Hi! Looking for something that can sit in a backpack (in June at Disn ey) . Can the protein powders from egg stay out of the fridge? Or should I opt for whey or vegan powder?Thank you!

March 23rd, 2015 — 9:14pm  |  Reply

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