Valentine’s Day weekend here in Montreal was beyond cold this year. With the freezing outside temperature, P and I spent as much time as we could indoors and we had a ball!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

We cooked together, watched movies, and I listened to P play the piano for hours. These lazy-ish weekends are the best.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

I’ve been trying to make “healthier” treats lately for weekday snacking and threw together these bars with the hopes that I could have a chocolate and peanut butter sweet treat that was sweetened with dates.

Oof, these beauties made me SO happy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

The base for these bars is made with peanut butter, dates, and Rice Krispies cereal and the whole thing is topped off with delicious melted chocolate for an absolutely delicious no-bake (and vegan!) treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

Another plus to these treats is that they are thrown together in 15 minutes.

The hard part? Waiting for them to cool and come together in the fridge. Waiting is hard.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

Sending huge, chocolate-filled hugs guys! I hope your Valentine’s Day was sweet, however you celebrated it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

xo

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups packed pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rice krispie cereal
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place dates in a food processor and pulse until a ball is formed. Add the peanut butter, milk, and salt and process until smooth and creamy. Scoop the mixture into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave another 30 seconds. Continue until the mixture is warm and has melted a bit. This took me 1 minute. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add the cereal to a large bowl. Slowly mix in the peanut butter mixture until throughly combined. Press the cereal into the prepared baking dish in an even layer.
  4. Microwave the chocolate and oil on 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until melted. This took me about 1 1/2 minutes. Pour the melted chocolate over the bars in an even layer. Place pan in the fridge and wait for 2 hours*.
  5. Remove bars from the pan using the parchment overhangs and cut into squares before enjoying.
  6. Store in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer term storage.

Notes

*if you want to cut these quicker, you can place them in the freezer for 30 minutes instead.

MAKE IT VEGAN: use almond milk in place of the milk and use vegan chocolate chips. MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: use a gluten free crispy rice cereal.

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18 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Krispie Bars

  1. Joanne says:

    Dates are supposed to be really good in pregnancy, so I’ve been looking for lots of ways to incorporate them into my diet. These are the perfect snack!

  2. Love the addition of dates for a sinfully delicious bar!

  3. These bars look incredible! They have something really similar at my favorite cafeteria on campus, and I always get so excited when they have them- I’ve gotta start making my own! Pinning šŸ™‚

  4. The perfect sweet treat! These look wonderful šŸ™‚
    I love the combination of the peanut butter, crispy cereal and chocolate too! Dates are the perfect substitute for sugar šŸ˜€
    Here in Glasgow, we actually had a bit of sunshine on Sunday! Went for a long walk, had good food and some good company šŸ™‚ Today I had some girlfriends over for Norwegian waffles šŸ˜€ I hope the weather has improved and that you have had a lovely start to your week šŸ™‚ x

  5. Nice! Love the addition of dates šŸ™‚

  6. Summer says:

    These bars look so tasty and delish ?

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  7. Cindy says:

    Lazy weekends are my favorite thing ever.

    I need these in my life! I have a box of rice krispies hanging out begging to be made into something.

  8. Ahhh, I have a huge bag of rice bubbles that I almost threw out because I didn’t know what to do with them and only needed to use a handful of them in one recipe. Now I know what to do! I am always on a mission to find healthy snacks to make – definitely gonna try these ones soon! x

  9. Oh my god, the waiting part is always the hardest! I always end up eating homemade bars too soon and then regret it but even if they are falling apart in my hands they are still so good! I will definitely make sure I wait the full two hours with these! I want that chocolate to be perfect!

  10. That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I like that these are sweetened with dates.

  11. These bars look incredibly delicious, Katrina! I love that they’re sweetened with dates, one of my all-time favourite natural sweeteners! Pinned – can’t wait to try them!

  12. Haha I could not wait for these to cool, they look too good. Glad your long weekend was great!

  13. The chocolate no bake granola bars look great. Are they chewy or hard? Hope all is well for you and the kids.

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