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Spooky Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

rice crispy ghosts!

With no corn syrup and no sugar-filled marshmallows in the recipe, these peanut butter rice krispy treats are a not-so-spooky snack you can feel good about making this Halloween!

Spooky Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats -   NO corn syrup or sugar-filled marshmallows... healthier take on the classic childhood snack... @choccoveredkt... It is a not-so-scary Halloween treat you can feel GOOD about making for your whole family!

Rice Krispies Treat Ghosts! Sweet, sticky, salty, and scary delicious.

Rice crispy treat ghosts.

Complete with little chocolate chip eyeballs. I consumed many eyeballs in the process of making these peanut buttery treats. 😕

halloween rice crispy treats

Spooky Rice Krispies Treats

(Makes 12-16 squares)

Adapted from Homemade Rice Crispy Treats

  • 3 cups rice crispies (regular, gf, or brown) (90g)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I used salted pb, too)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp peanut butter (or another nut butter, or sunbutter) (140g)
  • 1/2 cup sticky sweetener ( (I used agave. Honey will work, but not for strict vegans. Brown rice syrup will also work, but it’s not as sweet so you might want to add a little more.)
  • melted coconut butter or white chocolate (You can find vegan white chocolate online… I’m also working on a homemade recipe that is almost ready to post. Stay tuned.)
  • popsicle sticks or skewers (optional)
  • mini chocolate chips for the eyes (plus extras to eat while you work!)

Mix your nut butter, sweetener, and salt. Melt (either in the microwave or stove) until it can be stirred into a lump-free paste, then add the vanilla extract and pour over the cereal. Stir very well, making sure to coat all the crispies. Line a pan (8×8) with wax paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of wax paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Really press it down, and use a can or book to press even more firmly! Freeze for at least 30 minutes before slicing, then insert popsicle sticks if desired. These treats can be stored in the freezer, in the fridge, or loosely covered in a cool, dry place.

View Rice Krispies Treats Nutrition Facts

rice krispy treat ghosts!

And another post-bite picture:

vegan rice crispy treats

Do you like ghost stories or scary movies?

When I was in Girl Scouts, one of my favorite parts of our camping trips was sitting around the fire and telling ghost stories. (My other favorite part was sneaking bites of the plain Hershey’s bars when we were supposed to be making s’mores. Burnt marshmallows are overrated.)

I’ve also watched Casper more times than I can count. But I scare easily and much prefer funny ghost stories to terrifying ones like The Shining or The Ring.

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Published on October 21, 2012

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  1. f says


    by substituting the conventional marshmallow with honey, will these krispy treats be as sticky and chewy?

    the conventional recipe calls for butter, marshmallows and krispy puffs cereal. Is there a way to make this healthier? Like substitute butter for peanut butter instead?


  2. Victor says

    I just made these and they were amazing! If you love salty and sweet treats, this is the recipe for you this Halloween. I made these two nights ago for me and two friends as a pre-Halloween tester. They were so delicious and cute. Problem was that they were so adorable that we couldn’t stop eating them. Another thing to note is you really need to smush the pre-freezer sheet to death if you don’t want them to fall apart in the assembly phase. I didn’t head her warning to press firmly. You really need to destroy those rice crispies when you mash it down. I didn’t press firmly enough and they kept falling apart when I tried inserting the sticks. My solution was to stick a ghost then grip the whole thing around the stick and tightly close my fist around the treat-on-stick, which effectively made the ghosts look like blobular-poops or something but after dipping in white chocolate, each ghost had a totally unique identity and they looked awesome. I returned them to the freezer for just enough time for the white chocolate to harden and after I took them out they kept their shape the rest of the night. The leftovers, I returned to the fridge and we ate the next day. Thanks Katie for this awesome recipe and I will make this perfect salty-sweet, adorable-to-kill Halloween recipe!

  3. Michelle says

    These came out great, I dipped them in coconut yogurt, almond milk yogurt would probably work too! Different flavors could be adding cocoa powder to the “mask” and using goji berries, peanut butter or yogurt chips for the eyes making him a ninja! Some wanted to dress up as ghosts and some as ninjas! Huzzah!!

  4. Emily says

    I made these tonight as study procrastination! I don’t like white chocolate, so I added some green food dye and made them in to little Frankenstein’s monster faces instead 😀

  5. SuziCat says

    I just love your site! Love getting the recipes in my Inbox and always excited to read your latest creations and finds. I especially love that I don’t get multiple and annoying pop-ups when I surf through your site – and that I can click the exact recipe from the email and go straight to the recipe without any extra filtering. Thanks Katie!

  6. Vivian says

    If these are wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, do you think they could be shipped and still be fresh enough they taste good? They would be in transit 2 days. Thanks!

  7. Vivian says

    I made these and they were too sweet for our taste. The kids liked them but not the adults so much. Today I made therm again (this time using Trader Joe’s almond butter which is not as firm as peanut butter) and I cut the honey in half. They were still plenty sweet. You might try it, too. Looking at how much honey costs (we get ours from the farmer’s market) this would save some money! Thanks for a recipe that doesn’t use corn syrup and marshmallows. I love your site.

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