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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we just returned from our trip to france which was my birthday gift. so many great places to eat and shop and see!!! i'm going to post some photos on flickr and on my blog. have a great trip!


My husband and I just got back from an apt swap in Paris (from NYC), and loved Clotilde's suggestions on her website. Two of our favorite restaurants were Clos des Gourmets right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower and Rotisserie de Beaujolais on the Seine on the Left Bank. Have fun!!


I suggest the Musee Marmottan Monet. A small museum sometimes not listed in guide books, but if you like Monet, worth a visit. They have a great collection of his work in the basement (!!)- darker colors, and larger size than the painting he's well known for- really great stuff! I have made crispy treats similar to these- with rice puffs, peanut butter, honey and rice syrup, and some chocolate chips for flavor- and they set at room temp just fine (on hot days they melt in your hand, but that's part of the fun ;) ). What does using agar agar add- does it make them hard? Just wondering, thanks!


Ok, the agar subst. is bril - i - ent! Aaaand, peanut butter breath in public places knocks me over as much as garlic breath does! Sorry! I would be kind and use almond butter if traveling. But Gosh, these sound soo good! And mmm...Paris and Madrid, wow.


Oh wow! I definitely want to make these. The addition of pistachios just seems perfect.. maybe I'll throw in some dried cranberries or sultanas.


Wow--these look great! And I hope you have an amazing time in Paris! I personally fell in loe with the markets in the 16th. Also, when you come back of course, I would love to hear more about agar agar, as a vegi I would love to more about how to use it, ways it cooks etc. Thanks!


Le Caveau Des Oubliettes was one of the highlights to my oh-too-short flit through Paris 6 years ago. It's a FABULOUS JAZZ BAR in the Cartier St. Michel, I believe. It's underground from a pub with sod rolled out as a grassy floor. Bonne Voyage!

Lilith Wyatt

these are just plain delicious. trying to clear out the pantry of nearly-empty jars of stuff, i used about a third each of maple syrup, wildflower honey, and malt syrup. was happy to try the agar flakes this time (once again Rainbow Co-op comes through!), though next time i might try adapting with the agar powder i found behind the honey... did without the cups and made, then cut, a square pan of these. so good!


I cannot wait to try this! Thanks so much for the vegan friendly recipe. I've just found this blog and pleased that I did. Hope you're enjoying your trip!


Have a wonderful time in Paris! I know you have many places to go but I have to suggest a visit to Mariage Freres. (there are 2 or 3 around, I went to the one in Le Marais) I admit to being a tea junkie so I planned it as a bit of a pilgrimage but it was so worth it. Lunch was divine.


I love this recipe. I've tried rice crispy treats with brown rice and peanut butter "sludge" as you call it before, but I never thought to use agar agar flakes or pistachios. And I love the idea of pressing them into muffin cups. I am linking to this recipe from my site. So smart. Have a fabulous time in Paris!


These cups are too yummy looking not to make. They're also ridiculously easy, it looks like. Have fun in Paris! I've never been, so take pictures please!

Melissa Gutierrez

Waaa you're so lucky, someday I'll have my turn


Could I substitute the Agar-agar with Arrowroot?


You will love Paris. The markets are unforgettable. There is a funky little salon de tea on the Isle St. Louis. La Charlotte en L'isle serves a chocolat chaud better than Angelina -- though Angelina's is quite good, no doubt. You can hear Madame in the kitchen banging pots and pans as she melts the chocolate. It's is so rich and thick, it is served in a teeny pitcher with thimble-sized glasses. It's a charming, higgedly piggedly kind of place.

Lisa W

Hi, Heidi. I just found your site about an hour ago, it's 4:19am est and I was going to bed but got hooked. Great site. The pictures, recipes and the writting are beautiful. I just got into the food scene about a year ago and reading blogs and blogging about a month ago and now I have found some good inspiration from you. You made those treats look so good I went and got the peanut butter and just scooped it right out of the jar! Mmmmm! Gotta try this one. Thanks. Enjoy Paris!


My three year old daughter and I made these today for a Kaffe Klatsch at school. They were so yummy and loved by all. Thank You! Have a wonderful time in Paris;0

Mama Tawn

You will absolutely love Paris!!!! But I am headed to San Francisco for my first time and I am equally excited!!

Bellini Valli

The treats look yummy...but I have to admit, I'm more excited about the house-swap! What a fantastic idea to swap with a fellow blogger! Best part is, neither of you likely has to worry about having a properly stocked kitchen!! J'espere que vous vous amusez bien en Paris! Bon voyage! Alex


I love Montmartre!!! Very Funky and Fun. Yum! I am going to make these this weekend. Thanks.


Wonderful recipe. I made it the day after I got it. I substituted toasted pumpkin seeds for the pistachios and about a tsp. xanthan gum for the agar agar as I couldn't get that. They were a big hit. As the French would say, "Miam!" Bon Voyage! CJ


aha.. Mouth watering treats, I can't go on reading this post. Well I can't stand the thought of not having a peanut treat right now. I love your blog very much and it will definitely go into my recipes list.


Have a wonderful and safe trip--can't wait to hear all about it! I love that you bring healthy snacks on the plane, finding good snacks while traveling is always a challenge!


You should definitely go to the Arc de Triomphe and do the climb inside. It's a little expensive (5 euro or so when I was there a couple years ago), but the view is worth it - 360 degrees, and you can see all the crazy driving going on in the giant traffic circle down below! When you go to the Luxembourg Gardens, make sure to visit the sister Statue of Liberty. A picnic next to the Eiffel Tower is also neat, but be forewarned that there are a lot of very pushy people begging for food or money.


Oh Montemarte is such a fabulous neighborhood. We found a little brunch place there , it was near the sacre couer but I have no idea of the name or exact location. If you're walking up the big hill a little to the south of the sacre couer and you come to a street with an outdoor cafe that has views overlooking the entire city before you, then that was it. 12 E for some seriously fresh eggs, fresh squeezed juice, fruit salad, coffee, crossiants with the best orange marmalade, and of course the delicious bacon they have over there. Best meal of my trip. Also figure out the bike borrowing system- so worth it to be able to bike around Paris!


These sound absolutely amazing. Have a great time in Paris!


These look great I might have to try them for my up and coming trip. Thanks for the inspirations. Paris ideas: You have to go to Mi-Va-Mi. 23, rue des Rosiers, Paris, 75004 48.8574512.358965 Location:Betw Rue Vielle du Temple and Rue Pavee Cheap but the best gyro style sandwiches! If you like turkey that is my favorite one! Order at the outside window and then walk to the park to enjoy! Googlemaps link:,+rue+des+Rosiers,+Paris,+75004&sll=48.857395,2.359065&sspn=0.000889,0.00239&ie=UTF8&ll=48.858461,2.358949&spn=0.007115,0.019119&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A


Eyewitness makes a great Paris guide with loads of pictures, historical tidbits, and detailed maps. Also, The Abbesses metro is the deepest in Paris - it's a must (and also helps compensate for the divine foods!). Paris is absolutely amazing - we can't wait to go back and we've just returned! There are also a lot of lovely places to sit and have a packed lunch along the riverside.


Flavored tea is really well executed in France. The main shop of Mariage Freres has about a hundred different teas you can see and smell. They are located in a great section of Paris. There are many wonderful flavors; I particularly like the black Tea des Fete and the green Tea a L'Opera.


I'm a fairly new and inconsistent follower of this wonderful blog, but when I saw that you are in Paris for the first time, I had to stop and comment! I studied abroad there for a year in 2004 and most recently went back this April (and got engaged)! Don't miss going to Place des Vosges... it's this amazing courtyard near the Bastille and St. Paul and is too often missed. Take a good book (or just people watch), a baguette, some fromage and enjoy! Another favorite is lunch at one of the cafes near Place St. Michel (great people watching) and a nighttime walk through the nearby St. Severin area, where pedestrians roam the cobbled streets. Enjoy!!


there's a great outdoor market on wed and sat a few blocks from Kleber Ave (towards the arc d'T) and if you do the Eiffel tower - get there by 9 am.


These look like a wonderful treat! Have a wonderful trip...


Oh boy - Paris! I've been several times over the years and this is actually my favorite time of year to visit. I love the neighborhood markets and the cheese... oh. my. good. lord... If you are not knocked back a little on your feet from the divine stinky-ness as you enter a cheese shop, you haven't been to Paris! Enjoy!


FROMAGES Here are two cheeses that you should try. I never been able to find them in the Bay Area, so every year, when I go back to France to visit my family, they feel like a special treat. -Beaufort -Chaource: way better then brie, which is over-rated in CA. Pair it with Champagne rosé!


I just made these for my daughter's birthday with macadamia nut/cashew butter and extra cashews since we're avoiding peanuts and it came out great! Thanks for the wonderful recipes Heidi.


not sure i can find all the ingredients but i def. wanna try them!


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