These healthy & no-bake vegan rice crispy treats are made with only 3 ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, and crispy rice cereal. No marshmallow here. Protein powder and chocolate topping are optional. This easy, clean eating snack can be whipped together in less than 10 minutes and is TOTALLY kid approved! :) | #glutenfree #dairyfree #veganprotein #proteinsnack #family #fun

Healthy Rice Crispy Treats with Peanut Butter

A healthy and protein-packed version of the classic rice crispy treat recipe. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 9 squares
Calories 218 kcal


Whey Version

  • 4 cups rice cereal gluten-free
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter creamy, organic
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate Melted, Optional
  • fleur de sel Optional

Vegan Version

  • 4 cups rice cereal gluten-free
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter creamy, organic
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vanilla plant-based protein powder (1 scoop) Brand used: VEGA
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melted, optional
  • fleur de sel optional

Protein-Free Version


  1. Line a 10X10 inch baking dish with parchment paper.

  2. Mix rice cereal and protein powder together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Melt peanut butter and maple syrup together in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the liquid starts to bubble, then remove from heat. Pour the mixture into the rice cereal mixture and stir well.

  4. Spread the mixture evenly into your lined baking dish then press it hard using your fist, palm or tool of choice.

  5. Allow to cool down for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Remove from baking dish then cut into bars.

  6. Vegan Version: Refrigerate for 3 hours minimum before cutting. This is important as the recipe won't set and crumble.

  7. Optional: Melt dark chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Partially dip every bar into melted dark chocolate, place them on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a little fleur de sel.

Recipe Notes

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Protein powder is entirely optional. If you'd prefer not to use protein powder, simply add 1 tsp vanilla extract and use 1/3 cup maple syrup instead of 1/2 cup.

Nutrition facts were calculated for the whey version, without added dark chocolate, which is entirely optional for this recipe. 

Macros for the vegan version are similar except that there is a little bit more maple syrup per square and 5 grams of protein instead of 6. The good side is that this type of protein contains a lot more nurtients than whey.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Rice Crispy Treats with Peanut Butter
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.