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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"peanut butter maple syrup sludge" - i'm all over this! can't wait to try, and won't wait for my next flight to do so! the apartment swap is such a fabulous idea. i'm already looking forward to your paris posts here.... bon voyage, and of course, bon appetit ! :)

Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf

My favorite small neighborhood bistro in Paris, located near the Eiffel Tower, is Cafe Constant, 139, rue Saint-Dominique: And thanks for the blog, Heidi. I'm a huge fan (and a friend of your neighbor, Dan, who went up in my estimation for knowing you!).


Have a safe flight and trip!! Those treats will DEFINITELY be great for snacking while waiting for your next plane :)


I have lived in Paris for a little over two years, close to the Eiffel Tower, so a bit far from Montmartre area. I am sure Clotilde will give you a series of "must-do", "must-visit" that will be a lot more up to date than mine, as I left in 2003. Please report back, and have a ton of fun! Of course, you HAVE to go to Poilane and get one of their beautiful breads :-) Bon voyage!


I love Paris. My favorite restaurant: Le Souk - fine Moroccan food - search the site for a review. Favorite place: Luxembourg Gardens. Close second: standing in front of the Victoire of Samothrace in the Louvre. Night cruise on the Seine is awesome. Eiffel tower at night. Le Printemps and Galleries de Lafeyette - great place to grab a lunch and view the city from above.


I'm so glad to read that you're travelling to my beloved city: Madrid. Here's a couple of tips: - A place to eat: Viva la vida: it's a veggie buffet, full of colour and good vibes. Food is homemade and delicious. I'm sure you'll find a great source of inspiration! Here's the map (also the quarter is one of the don't-miss... La Latina) - Food: try "salmorejo", it's a traditional southern recipe made with tomato, bread, olive oil and garlic. It's just delicious, and great for this summer time (don't forget your summer clothes!). - A place: there is a place that many guides don't mention but it's actually my favorite. The Debod temple park. The sunset is amazing and so is the city view from here... Here goes the map: Enjoy your visit! And if you need some more help/tips/anything, dont hesitate mailing me. Have an amazing trip!


If you are going to Madrid, you will be in tapas heaven! There is one in particular I recommend -- gulas! Baby eels served on toast with a garlic aioli. Sounds wierd, but it's wonderful. I had it in a great little second -story restaurant just off the plaza with the Bear statue (Plaza del Sol?? hard to remember), but I'm sure you can get it many places. Superb! Also try to find a Basque restaurant if you can. Have a lovely time!


My two top picks have been taken, (Dehillerin, the most amazing cookware store ever, and Chez l'ami Jean for deeply wonderful Basque bistro food). So instead I'll suggest great ice cream at Berthillon, the impressive living wall and gardens at Musee de Quai Branly, and the markets, particularly the Marche des Enfants Rouge off rue de Bretagne in the Marais. Will be off to Paris before Christmas so please post your adventures!


If you're in the neighborhood and just want to sit down and enjoy the view, take Pont Neuf and follow the signs to where the tour boats leave. But - do not take the tour boats. Keep going through the tiniest of parks on the western end of Isle de la CIté to just sit on the edge of the island and take in the view. You'll be sitting in the middle of the marvelous Seine looking at the bridges in front, the Louvre on your right and Notre Dame behind you. Have fun!,-95.677068&sspn=40.324283,82.441406&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=48.857549,2.340069&spn=0.001025,0.002516&z=19&iwloc=A


Hullo Heidi! I've been following and loving your blog for more than a year now, beginning when I first lived in Madrid in 2007! It's there (and, by extension, through your blog) that I learned how to cook. I'm back living in Madrid now getting my Master's, so if you're here and in need of a friendly vegetarian to recommend spots to see/shop/eat, grab a bite, or consult for directions and/or museum going, please do get in touch! Hope your trip is fantastic. Hasta pronto! Caitlin email: [email protected] Spanish mobile: 600287276


Hi Heidi, for a couple of years now i've kept your blog in my favourites as a reference for great vegetarian recipes. As a vegetarian living in Paris now for a good few years i thought that i'd warn you that they're really big meat eaters over here and tend to hide meat in things that you kinda wouldn't expect which always annoys me, saying this there are some great finds to be had, one of mine and my (French and meat eating) boyfriend's favs is Galerie 88 just behind to the Hotel de Ville - 88, quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris, the gazpacho and split pea soup (which i want so desperately to recreate but can't seem to...) are both musts, lovely bohemian style and simple great tasting food. I saw that someone suggested L’As du Falafel - 34, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris and i agree, you should definitely try and stop by it's delicious. Tip, at rush hours you'll wait less if you actually sit in to eat and also it's shut on Fri nights. Enjoy the city. Victoria.


Have fun. I don't know how long you're going to be there, but consider getting a Carte Orange for the metro. You can get them for either one week or one month, and they're totally worth it. Definitely stop by Angelina's on the rue de Rivoli for the most decadent hot chocolate on the planet. It's an easy stop when you're at the Louvre. You can also get some excellent North African cuisine in Paris...both Algerian and Moroccan. L'Atlas Blvd. St. Germaine in the 5eme Arrondissement is good, as is Chez Omar in the 3eme. :)


Oh Heidi, I have recommended your site to so many here in KY. I really appreciate your posts and very neat site. It's easy to maneuver around in, your prose is articulate, and your recipes are simple to read. I have not tried many of your vegetarian delights due to lack of items I can get here in rural East Kentucky, but I occasionally have the means to take a city trip, and that's when I rely on your expertise to wow some veggie friends. It's great you post what others do while giving them credit for their tried and trues. I am in awe, but also simply grateful to be able to pass along your quality site to others who are searching in the maze of food info. Cheers!

Nan Boone

ditto on Ste Chapelle and Poilane bread on Chercez Midi. Maison du Chocolates, LaDurree on Place Royale for macaroons. Don't miss Berthillon ice creams and sorbets, especially the sorbets - love the cassis sorbet. The main store is on Ile St. Louis, but there will be other places all around Paris that carry some of their flavors. Look at "Sweet Life in Paris" by David Lebovitz for Paris references in the back of the book, also his blog. Bon Voyage


Enjoy Paris, you are going to LOVE it!!!!!!!!!


Fwiw, Marshmallow Fluff ( ) doesn't contain gelatin -- although it does have egg whites -- and makes great Rice Krispie Treats etc.


Just when I'd been mooning over (marshmallow) rice crispy treats I can't have. I was considering making my own marshmallows but this sounds much easier. I'll have to make these really soon.


Try and make it to the Jardin du Luxembourg which is on the left bank... I found it sort of haunting in a good way, at least in the winter. It is not too far from the hotel Relais St. Germain which is a fabulous boutique hotel and right next to it they have a lovely restaurant, which unlike most hotel restaurants is adored by locals. Yummy breakfasts with delicious walnut bread, soft-boiled eggs, organic yogurt, honey, and fruit. Have fun and be sure to wear your walking shoes....!


I'm a faithful reader of your blog. Oddly, I leave for Paris next tuesday. I've been making my own lists for a couple of months now. I will return to a few favorites from 2005. Of course I have Clotilde's book and I'll be packing it. One of my favorite spots was the Rodin garden, I think you'll take some gorgeous photos there. Also don't miss the gardens at Versailles, we biked through them to Marie Antoinette's Petit Hameau. A small stand served amazing organic sorbet there, i chose lemon strawberry and my daughter had green apple. Unbelievable flavor. The Gardens at Giverny are a don't miss too. We took a bike tour there (fat tire), I recommend going on a weekday to avoid the crowds. One restaurant we enjoyed was sept/quinze in the 15eme. Might be a bit far for you. Also Maxim's in the Galleries Lafayette was a great spot for lunch after visiting the Garnier Opera house. The Louvre restaurant served us a memorable tartine. Have a great time and I look forward to your posts afterward.


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