Peanut Butter Coconut Crispies

March 25, 2011


Continuing my love affair with coconut oil, I decided to test it out on something sweet. Rice crispy treats sounded good, but I wasn’t feeling all that sugar (remember people, I have a gown to squeeze myself into in a mere 7 months, tick tock!) and opted to make a high protein, super flavorful version of this classic by subbing in peanut butter for the marshmallows. It worked perfectly! And it turns out that these actually make a great snack before or after hitting the gym. You can whip them up in a short half hour and they stay fresh for about a week.


Ingredients: (Makes about 2 dozen treats)

1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 cups peanut butter (I used crunchy but creamy would also be fine)

1/2 cup agave nectar

4 cups Rice Krispies (or any rice cereal)

1 good handful (about a 1/2 cup) of shredded coconut

*To make a chocolate version, add 1 tsp of cocoa powder. The treats will turn out darker in color and not quite as sweet.



In a large pot on the stove top, melt the coconut oil and peanut butter on low heat.

Then, add in the agave and stir well.


I dedicate this action shot to my dear friend, Ann, a devoted reader who always says nice things about KISF! :)

Now, what was I saying? Oh yes, add the agave to the pot and combine.


Then, add in the Rice Krispies. (Another action shot for Ann!)


Turn off the heat at this point and work the cereal into the mix.


Pour the mix onto a parchment lined baking pan and press the shredded coconut on top (so that it sticks). Chill for 20 minutes until completely cool.

Enjoy a snack while you wait. Why not? There’s plenty of Rice Krispies to go around. And all this work makes me hungry.


One the treats are cooled, cut into small squares.


Plate and serve. They are outstanding with a tall glass of milk.


Don’t forget these guys- they’re the best part!


Happy snacking!


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Karen J August 10, 2011 at 9:02 am

I found this recipe through “Fly Through Our Window” blog. I used 100% natural peanut butter but it made them too soft. Any suggestions to firm them up?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

Hmm, I used organic/natural peanut butter too. My advice would be to avoid the really oily nut butters. You could also cut back on liquid sweeteners and try adding more crispies to the batter. Hope that helps! :)

marye March 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I didnt think I would ever see anything better than rice krispies but…. these…are…. brilliant!
I wonder what they would be like with cocoa krispies?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Cocoa krispies…now that is brilliant! Sounds amazing!

a frog in the cottage March 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

Simply irresistible !!!!!!

Kat @ Cupcake Kat March 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I normally don’t like rice crispies but these sound marvelous!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

Thanks, Kat! Give ‘em a try!

Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) March 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Yum! I love crispie treats!

jen March 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Aha, thats so funny we both posted coconut-y treats today :) Mmm..adding in peanut butter to the mix is an awesome idea. Great recipe, on my to-make list for sure!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

Thanks, Jen!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum March 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I have made these before, but before putting the coconut on top, I put a layer of melted chocolate (like a scotcheroo) and then I sprinkled coconut over the chocolate. Either way… coconut gives the perfect sweetness to these! Beautiful photos, too!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

Love the idea of adding chocolate! :)

Natalia - a side of simple March 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I’ve always been a fan of rice krispie treats. Adding peanut butter and chocolate to them is a must for me, but I’ll have to try adding coconut next time (aka: tonight)!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

Great! Let me know how they turn out!

Clarissa March 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

Those look awesome! And Gluten Free too! I always have a hard time keeping peanut butter creamy when I bake with it – so thanks for the great directions

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

You’re welcome! Enjoy!

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