Peanut Butter Krispy Treats Recipe

A twist on the classic, I use crisp brown rice cereal slathered in a decadent peanut butter maple syrup sludge. This version of treats has bits of chopped, toasted pistachios throughout - also vegan (no marshmallows) and gluten-free.

Peanut Butter Krispy Treats

Most of what I'm going to need in the next two weeks is arranged in small piles on my bed right now. A couple dresses, cameras, and books. Film, lipstick, light meter, passport, hand wipes, ponytail holders, and batteries. I'm getting on a flight to Paris in a few hours. Pinch me, I've never been (!?!), and I can't wait. Last year Clotilde and I started chatting about swapping apartments. The idea was this - she and Maxence would come stay here in San Francisco, and Wayne and I would stay in her place in Montmartre. We settled on dates, bought our tickets, and here I am bubbling with excitement, trying to pack, doing my best not to forget my toothbrush. I made a few little airport snacks to bring along including these peanut butter crispy treats, a riff on the version I made for Super Natural Cooking.

rice crispy treats

They are made with crisp brown rice cereal (available at many natural foods stores) mixed into a hot, decadent peanut butter maple syrup sludge. I did this version with lots of chopped, toasted pistachios throughout. Also, instead of cutting them into bars, I pressed them into wrapper-lined muffin tins.

rice crispy treats

You can serve these guys to mixed crowds too. Vegans, vegetarians, and people who avoid gelatin like them in part because I don't call for marshmallows (which often contain gelatin). Instead I use a slightly obscure natural ingredient called agar agar flakes. It's a sea vegetable that you can use to thicken puddings, custards, or in this case to give the peanut butter and maple syrup mixture some binding power. You can find the flakes in many natural food stores.

rice crispy treats

We have a layover in Chicago, and I'm going to keep these right near the top of my carry-on, for convenient snacking. And no worries - while I'm gone, I'm not abandoning the site altogether. I have a couple recipes waiting on the server to share, and a new favorite cookbook list from a friend in Sweden. Hopefully that'll be enough to keep things lively around here until I get home. If you have any advice, tips, or places not to miss in Paris or Madrid, my thanks in advance. I have quite a list going for both cities, but some of my favorite spots from our trip to Tokyo were ones you suggested! xo -h

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Peanut Butter Krispy Treats

Be sure to use crisp brown rice cereal and not puffed rice cereal.

3/4 cup unsalted peanut butter
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

2 1/2 teaspoons agar agar flakes (available at a health foods stores)

4 cups unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) crisp brown rice cereal

3/4 cup pistachios, toasted and chopped

Line two muffin tins with about 18 muffin/cupcake wrappers, and set aside.

Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and agar flakes in a large saucepan over low heat and stir constantly until smooth, hot, melted, and bubbling just a bit. Add the cereal and 1/2 cup of the pistachios and stir until well coated. Spoon two heaping tablespoons of the mixture into each muffin wrapper and press into place with the back of a spoon. Alternately, if you want krispy squares, you can transfer it to an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and refrigerate until completely cool (this also helps the agar set).

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen treats.

Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 5 minutes

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What a fabulous idea - have fun in Paris - it will be wonderful to discover it for your first time!! (I lived there for years and miss is so - anything I can read about Paris helps!!!)


Paris, lucky you! Definitely most beautiful city in the world (San Francisco and Barcelona tie for second). In Madrid don't miss the Mercado de San Miguel, a recently beautifully renovated old market with an oyster bar, a juice bar, a culinary bookstore and many other treats, you'll love it. It's right off the Plaza Mayor, easy to find. Too bad you aren't coming to Barcelona this time round, would have loved to meet up and show you around!


Have a fabulous time in Paris! I shall look forward to reading both your adventures, and Clothilde's! Interesting - when my mother made rice krispie cakes when we were little, she always put spoonfuls of them in paper cases, like you do. For me, that is the "proper" way to make them. Also, she never used marshmallows (the English kind are horrible, only good for toasting at a campfire!), just chocolate and golden syrup. Your recipe looks good, too.

Mrs Redboots

I was just in Paris 2 weeks ago with my intolerant-to-butter-and-cream boyfriend and his hippie/granola mother, and we all fell in love with a vegetarian hole-in-the-wall called Le Potager du Marais at 22 rue Rambuteau. It offered incredible vegetarian food, and it was the first time my boyfriend could actually enjoy a restaurant meal in Paris. It's very small so try to be there early. Don't miss on the chocolate store across the street.

Another Clotilde

Lived there fo two years, you will love it, what is not to love right?! Go to the best kitchen store on the planet....Dehillerin 51 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau Paris. Do not miss this place!!!

Elizabeth Mackey

Have a great trip! That will make a great snack for your trip. I also try to make food to take with me on airplanes trips. :-)

Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet

I recommend Artemisa in Madrid (2 locations) when you really need a salad. With multiple vegetables. And without mayonnaise. The menu del dia often has delicious options, but the salads are worth a menu detour, particularly in a [lovely!] city where they are so scarce.


forgot to mention L'ami Jean - of all the restaurants I have tried in Paris the best meal I ever had was at L'ami Jean. Not too fancy, bistro style, but amazing food. I can close my eyes and still picture the meal.


3 great little vegetarian restaurants in Madrid (in case you get sick of jamón): Vegaviana Calle de Pelayo 35 metro: Cheuca El Granero de Lavapiés Argumosa 10 metro: Lavapiés La Biotika Amor de Dios 3 metro: Antón Martín Get the menú del día.


Et il ne faut pas oublier la boulangerie "poilâne" for the best bread in the world!! on rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6ième arrondissement. Have Fun! Monique

monique léger

Et il ne faut pas oublier la boulangerie "poilâne" for the best bread in the world!! on rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6ième arrondissement. Have Fun! Monique

monique léger

I agree with Rachael - the Sainte Chapelle is amazing. I spent must have been 45 minutes in there in awe of the stained glass windows. Very touristy, but take a trip to Versailles as well. Strange but gorgeous. :) Especially make a point of seeing the mural of the crowning of Josephine.


Paris! That's so exciting, and apartment swapping, genius! I know you'll have a wonderful time. These rice krispy treats look and sound yummy, unfortunately for some reason I seem to have a problem finding crisp brown rice cereal. I needed it for a recipe once before and ended up with puffed brown rice by accident. Hopefully I'll have better luck this time.


Someone please help!!!! I live waay out in the sticks, no health food store for miles. The only way I could get agar flakes would be mail order. What would the sub be for gelatin. I'm not even sure I can find the brown rice cereal. That's how bad it is where I am. I only have internet becuz of satellite. ( Things I do for hubby.) But these looks so delish...I must find a way to do. Have a wonderful & safe trip. like said eat,eat,eat,&enjoy, enjoy. It's better regretting putting on weight & having overdone the splurging then looking back 10 yrs from now saying, " I wish I had done this when in Paris."


Ahhhh Paris! It's the MOST BEAUTIFUL city in the world, you will not be disappointed. We also stayed in Montmartre, round the corner from the café Les Deux Moulins where 'Amèlie' was filmed, and had breakfast there every morning. After that, we literally walked everywhere, though you can get a ticket that's valid for any kind of transport for different lengths of time. It doesn't matter where you stand: you'll always find yet another breathtaking view! A must after you return from Paris: read 'From Paris to the Moon' by Adam Gopnik. I think I already recommended this reading before the vacations, when you wanted ideas for books to read during the summer, but I nevertheless have to insist. It is so well written, and he is so funny in his views of the Parisians...! I wish you all the best in the best city! Elena from Spain


My husband and I visited Paris for the first time in May, and it lived up to (and even surpassed) my ridiculously high expectations. If you and Wayne like to bike, don't miss out on Fat Tire bike tours. We took an incredible nighttime bike tour of Paris, and it was our favorite part of the trip. Their website is Billy was our guide and he was amazing! Can't wait to try these treats-they look delicious!


Have fun on your trip, if you stop by Denver feel free to drop by and share some of your tasty krispy treats!

Health Food

This looks so yummy! Perfect snack! Have fun on your trip!

veggie wedgie

Bon Voyage Heidi and Wayne! I hope your trip is lovely and unforgettable. If I remember correctly Clotilde lived in San Francisco a few years ago, so this will be an "old-home week" of sorts for her, right?


paris! you'll love it! especially montmartre! all i can say is, if it looks good, eat it! don't even think about denying yourself, be indulgent, because you'll kick yourself in the butt afterwards if you don't! have fun, be safe, eat well!!!


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