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Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack BarS on a platter

Peanut Butter Chocolate Snack Bars {gluten-free}

These delicious homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars have the perfect balance of sweet, salty, soft, crunchy, firm and chewiness. Gluten-free based on puffed cereal used.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 29 minutes
Servings 24 Makes 24 4 ½ inch long by 1 inch wide bars
Calories 245kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 4 cups Chocolate Puffed Rice cereal (I used gluten-free One Degree Organic Foods ‘Vegan Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps’)
  • 1 cup Roasted , Salted Peanuts, rough chopped
  • ¼ cup Hemp Seeds/Hulls
  • ¼ cup Chia Seeds
  • ¼ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • ½ cup Brown Rice Syrup or Agave Syrup*
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the chocolate rice cereal, peanuts, seeds, chocolate chips and mix together well. NOTE: the small Chia and Hemp seeds tend to migrate to the bottom of the bowl so be sure to stir them into the bar mixture when adding the wet ingredients.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the peanut butter, brown rice or agave syrup and honey. Stirring constantly, allow the ingredients to melt together and begin to bubble; 3-5 minutes. NOTE: If using agave syrup it will begin to bubble more quickly than the brown rice syrup. Remove from heat and add the salt and vanilla.
  • Pour the sweetened peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Quickly stir all ingredients together using a large mixing spoon, ensuring all dry ingredients are coated. If using the brown rice syrup it tends to set up more quickly than agave syrup.
  • Turn the bar mixture into the prepared pan and spread the mixture evenly around the entire pan. Using the back of a large mixing spoon, press the mixture down to compress the mixture and flatten the top. Place wax paper over the top of the bars and refrigerate until fully set (approximately 2 hours).
  • Slice into bars and keep refrigerated in an air tight container.


* Brown Rice Syrup is a more subtle flavor sweetener which is also thicker than Agave Syrup. If you prefer a less sweet bar, use Brown Rice Sweetener but be sure to mix the wet and dry ingredients quickly. For sweeter bars use Agave Syrup.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.7mg