No Bake Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe



  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter (not natural)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal

Chocolate Topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or additional butter)


  • 8×8 inch baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Medium saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula


1. Prepare your pan

  • Line your 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal later.

2. Make the peanut butter base

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and softened butter. Cream together until smooth (an electric hand mixer is helpful for this).
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until well-combined and fluffy.
  • Gently fold in the crispy rice cereal until evenly coated.

3. Assemble the bars

  • Press the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan, creating an even layer.

4. Melt the chocolate

  • In the medium saucepan, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil (or butter) over low heat.
  • Stir constantly until melted and smooth.

5. Chocolate topping

  • Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter base and spread evenly.
  • Tilt the pan slightly if needed to ensure even chocolate coverage.

6. Chill and enjoy

  • Refrigerate the bars for at least 2 hours, or until the chocolate is fully set.
  • Using the parchment overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and slice into squares.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Customize the cereal: Swap crispy rice cereal for other options like cornflakes for a different texture.

Nut butter variation: Use your favorite nut or seed butter instead of peanut butter. Just make sure it’s creamy, not natural style.

Extra crunch: Add chopped peanuts or other toppings to the chocolate layer before it sets.

Gluten free: Ensure your crispy rice cereal is certified gluten-free.


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