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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

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chocolate peanut butter crispy bars

These chocolate crispy bars are a modern, abstract rendition of scotcheroos—the treats printed on Rice Krispies boxes in the 1960s. If you squint a little bit, the pecans might remind you of butterscotch.

You could call these sort-of scotcheroos, or mostly-naturally-sweetened scotcheroos, or just plain delicious. Somehow, I landed on Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars.

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I always get a hankering for Reese’s peanut butter eggs around Easter time. They’re my favorite. This crispy-crackly, honey-sweetened, peanut butter-and-chocolate recipe is fully satisfying my Reese’s craving.

These no-bake treats are easy to make, and they’re ready after a two-hour rest in the refrigerator. If you have a box of brown rice crisps (or Rice Krispies, for that matter), you’re in luck!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bar Ingredients

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make this simple recipe:

  • Brown rice crisps (found in the cereal aisle)
  • Pecans (or another nut, or none at all)
  • Creamy peanut butter (or almond butter or sunbutter)
  • Honey (or maple syrup)
  • One 9-ounce bag of chocolate chips (at your preferred sweetness level—I used semisweet)

I top my bars with a light sprinkle of flaky sea salt (or kosher salt) for some irresistible, salty crunch!

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Please let me know how your bars turn out in the comments! I hope they brighten your day.

chocolate peanut butter crispy bars recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes (plus 2 hour chill time)
  • Yield: 16 treats 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

These chocolate peanut butter crispy bars are like modern-day scotcheroos! This recipe is easy to make with wholesome pantry ingredients, and it’s naturally sweetened with honey instead of corn syrup. Keep in mind that these no-bake treats require 2 hours in the refrigerator to set. Recipe yields 16 small treats from one 8-inch square pan (or double the recipe to fill a 9 by 13-inch pan).


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown rice crisps*
  • 1 ¼ cups whole pecans, chopped, divided
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter (plus a pinch of salt if your peanut butter is unsalted)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups (9 ounces) chocolate chips*
  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt or ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with a strip of parchment paper, cut to fit neatly across the base and up opposite sides. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown rice crisps and 1 cup of the chopped pecans (reserve the rest for sprinkling on top). Set both aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter and honey. Warm the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring often, until it’s steaming or you catch a bubble or two form