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When you need a fast treat that will please everyone, make these Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats. They’re like eating muddy buddies in rice krispies treat form!

Easy Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats - peanut butter chocolate cereal treats coated in powdered sugar!


I feel like it’s been awhile since I told you what I’ve been reading. I’ve read a few books lately that were amazing, so I want to share my list with you. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments; I’m always looking for good books!

(I read on exclusively on my kindle. I now think real books are annoying and heavy. #firstworldproblems)

Most of these books can be read for free on Kindle Unlimited. If you read a lot, it’s totally worth the monthly fee.

We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman – it’s hilariously funny. It actually reads like you’re watching a comedy movie.

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry – I saw this reviewed in EW magazine and decided to give it a try. I really, really liked it.

My Girl by Jack Jordan – heart wrenching and at times hard to read, a little soft on the ending, but still really good.

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale – a good story, the plot has some good twists and turns, it kept me reading.

Closed Circles (Sandman Murders Book 2) by Viveca Sten – read book 1 first, they’re both really good!

In Twenty Years by Allison Wynn Scotch – I really enjoyed this novel, possibly because I’m the same age as those in the book, and it’s about coming to terms with what you’ve done in your life since college.

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz – his novels are the only I’ll pay full Kindle price for. Enough said!

I have more in my queue to read…but these got me through the summer.

Now…let’s talk about how I turned muddy buddies into rice krispies treats. !!!

Easy No Bake Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats Recipe

At the end of summer I let Jordan throw a pool party with her girlfriends. I always have treats on hand but I needed to make something dairy-free because a friend who is allergic to dairy was coming over. Now, if you’re thinking to yourself that Rice Krispies Treats are not dairy-free, don’t worry. They can be!

(Note: the dairy allergy we deal with is intestinal, not respiratory, and she is not affected by chocolate.)

I actually made versions of these all summer long – they’re my new favorite go-to dairy-free dessert because they’re done in just a few minutes with no baking. I simply replace the butter called for in the normal krispie treats recipe with vegetable oil. You can also use coconut oil! I add peanut butter to the mix as well, because I’ll never say no to peanut butter.

That last day of summer I was wondering what I could do to the treats to make them different and I immediately thought of muddy buddies!

Muddy Buddies are a sweet treat made with Chex cereal that’s coated with chocolate and peanut butter and then shaken in a bag of powdered sugar. It’s a messy heavenly snack that I cannot be around. Seriously, put me near a bowl of muddy buddies and they’ll be gone in 2 minutes flat.

So of course I decided to marry two iconic treats. I made my rice krispie treats with peanut butter and melted chocolate chips, and then I rolled the treats in powdered sugar before serving.

These disappeared very quickly, let me just tell you. #winner

Easy Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats - peanut butter chocolate cereal treats coated in powdered sugar!

I think Rice Krispies Treats are the easiest no-bake treat to make. Literally they take about 10 minutes. And when you add the flavors of puppy chow (what midwesterners call muddy buddies)…it’s priceless. You MUST try these!

Stack of muddy buddy krispie treats with ingredients

Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats

4.25 from 20 votes
Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats - an easy no bake rice krispies treat with peanut butter and chocolate coated in powdered sugar!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24 bars
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 10 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 2 cups about 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal or any cereal
  • Powdered sugar for dipping
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  • Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place butter, peanut butter, marshmallows, and chocolate in a large bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the mixture is melted. Quickly stir in the rice krispies. If the mixture starts to seize, add 1-2 tablespoons more of butter.
  • Press into prepared pan. Let them cool, then cut into squares.
  • Place about 1 cup powdered sugar in a bowl and coat each square with powdered sugar. Serve.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. This recipe DOES NOT come together anything like a rice Kristie. It is crumbly and impossible to pick up.

  2. I am looking for homemade treats to send overseas in care packages. If I used oil instead of butter, will these last longer? It can take up to 3 weeks and no refrigeratoration during shipping. Do they get too soft at room temperature?

  3. This is the awesome recipe, I didn’t test this recipe before. Next weekend I will try this recipe in my home for me family. Thank you so much for the lovely recipe.

  4. I love these bars- maybe even my new favorite treat- but I do have one question, when I added the Rice Krispies (I was just going to use an entire 12oz box, less than the recipe calls for but all I had on hand) it seemed as though I had either added way too much cereal, or by far and large not enough  marshmallows (I’ve looked the recipe over and over again and there is nothing I forgot or didn’t add enough of!) unlike your pic, my bars turned out looking more like the traditional Rice Krispie bars, still delicious, but not what I was expecting… loose cereal keeps falling out and my pan had a dry cereal coating when I took the bars out?!

    Have you had this issue before?!

    1. I haven’t – was your mixture melty when you stirred them in? It could be that the chocolate seized a little when you were melting it. A cure for that is to add more oil or butter at the beginning (add an extra tablespoon) and hopefully that should take care of the problem.