Crispy Peanut-Butter Bars (no oven required)

29 Jul

It’s been so hot, I don’t want to turn on the oven to bake, so I made these easy, practically heat-free treats. This recipe is a riff on the No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars found in Lucinda Scala Quinn’s very excellent book, Mad Hungry. Her version is fantastic, and doesn’t warrant changes, but I used what I had in the house and added some chocolate.

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bars
Adapted from Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn, Artisan, October 2009.
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups crispy brown rice cereal (I like Erewhon brand)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips

Line an 8×8 (or 9×9) glass or metal cake pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. Combine honey, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it boils. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the rice cereal and salt until well mixed. Press rice mixture into prepare pan and sprinkle chocolate chips over the surface, pressing them down gently and quickly to help them adhere. (Chocolate chips will melt a bit, so touch them as little as possible to preserve their shape.) Cool completely (the freezer is a good place for this!) then lift from pan and cut into squares.


5 Responses to “Crispy Peanut-Butter Bars (no oven required)”

  1. Nancy Rogers July 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Today,7/7/11, Lucinda has a peanut butter krisy bar made with wht. sugar, brown sugar,corn syrup, vanilla, peanut butter & 4 cups of rice krispies in a parcement paper lined pan. I’m not sure if I got all the ingredients correct. Please advise. I can’t seem to find the receipe on your website.
    Thank you,

  2. Jeanne adams July 8, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I would like the reciepe for the peanut butter bars she made yesterdey on mad hungry to pack to go on a picnic or a game or long car ride. she also made pressed sandwiches ans a cold soup to go. I really would love to habe the reciepe for the peanut butter bars there. Could you help me locate it?

  3. Regan July 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    For those who want Lucinda’s original recipe, it’s available in her book, Mad Hungry. I also found it on the Mad Hungry blog. Here’s the link:


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