Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Krispie Crust {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat}

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Krispie Crust are a super easy dessert, with a chocolate Krispie treat base and a creamy, peanut butter cheesecake topping…you’ll have a hard time believing that they are skinny jeans approved!

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat} - Food Faith Fitness #chocPBday

You guys. Today is the best day ever.

It’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Hosted by Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Miriam of Overtime Cook, myself and 30 other bloggers are sharing their favorite chocolate peanut butter recipes! You can even follow the hashtag #chocPBday on social media and join us with your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes!

And, because why stop there, you can follow our Pinterest board to find all the recipes in one spot!  We are also teaming up with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co!

The fun? It just don’t quit today guys.

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat} - Food Faith Fitness #chocPBday

There’s a ridiculous amount of chocolate and peanut butter AND some ridiculously awesome prizes!

I don’t know about you, but my life suddenly just felt a lot more compete.

Now, let’s talk about these bars with a mouthful of a title.

They’re amazing.  The end.

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat} - Food Faith Fitness #chocPBday

JUST KIDDING.

Well I’m not kidding that they are amazing. But, if you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I have more to say than that.

I mean, it might not have anything to do with food most of the time, but there is always words in my brain.  Or, in my fingertips? Whatever. They’re there somewhere.

I’m going to be honest with you. I had no intention of making these bars…buttttt plan 1? It was a plan that shouldn’t have been a plan. You know what I mean.

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat} - Food Faith Fitness #chocPBday

So I crawled up into my pantry (literally….it’s the top cupboard and I’m 5’2, so I have to turn into a Taylorific-cupboad-climbing-monkey-pants ((what??)) every time that I have to get something) and rummaged around to see what I could turn into chocolate peanut butter heaven.

Don’t worry, I knew I had chocolate and peanut butter. This girl doesn’t run out of that stuff. Ever. Except that’s a lie.  If you instagram, you saw that I, indeed, ran out of peanut butter the other day. But, I don’t wanna talk about it.  It was a bad day.

Upon finding Mr. FFFs “secret” stash of puffed rice cereal, I had a plan. A plan that may get me in trouble, but It was a plan.  Why he tries to hide though, I’ll never know.  I just don’t understand his cereal obsession all around.

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat} - Food Faith Fitness #chocPBday

You guys, these bars are stupid easy AND you don’t even have to bake ‘em.

They’re mega chocolate and peanut buttery and have that CRUNCHY CRUNCHY YUM factor that everyone always talks about .

And by, everyone, I mean no one…because no one says crunchy crunchy yum factor. I’m still going with it.

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat} - Food Faith Fitness #chocPBday

Oh, and did I mention that they’re skinny?

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Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free, Low Calorie + Lower fat}
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • For the Crust:
  • 1 Cup Milk chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp Milk (I used 1%)
  • ¼ Cup Peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsps Honey
  • 3 Cups Gluten Free crispy rice cereal (Or regular/brown rice if you aren't concerned about GF)
  • For the filling:
  • 1 8oz Package of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened (I LOVE Philadelphia 2x Protein)
  • ½ Cup Peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 8 oz Package of Light Whipped topping, thawed.
  • Topping:
  • ¼ Cup Peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp Granulated sugar
  • Melted chocolate, or chocolate syrup, for drizzling (optional)
Instructions
  1. For the crust:
  2. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips and milk. Melt on half power in the microwave using 20 second intervals, stiring between each interval, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  4. Stir in the peanut butter and honey until the peanut butter is melted and mixed in,
  5. Stir in the rice cereal until well coated.
  6. Pat the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan, really making sure to pack it in tightly, especially in the corners. I find that it helps to use dampened hands to prevent the crust from sticking to your fingers. Set aside.
  7. To make the cheesecake layer:
  8. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until fluffy and well combined.
  9. Beat in the sugar until well incorporated.
  10. Fold in the whipped topping until well mixed in and then pour the cheesecake mixture over top of the crust, spreading out evenly.
  11. To make the peanut butter topping:
  12. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave, and stir in the granulated sugar,
  13. Drizzle over the cheesecake layer and swirl with a toothpick or a chopstick.
  14. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  15. Let the bars thaw for 5 minutes before lifting out of the pan and slicing with a very sharp knife.
  16. Drizzle with melted chocolate or chocolate syrup if desired (do it.)
  17. DEVOUR.

And don’t forget to check out everyone else’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Day creations!

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Comments

  1. Sarah A. says

    Peanut butter cups – always and forever! Can’t get enough, can’t keep them around the house…it’s true love!

  2. says

    Both my kids have a peanut allergy (what are the odds!! *shakes fists*),but I could probably sub in sunflower butter…that’s what I do for most PB recipes. Gluten-free never looked so good!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      WHAT?!! Oh my gosh I hope my future children don’t have that. Did you ask for different models? I KID.
      Thanks Amy! I bet Sunflower butter would be deeelish!

  3. Molly H says

    Well, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Reese’s…so pretty much anything chocolate and peanut butter is amazing!!! Whenever I want a healthier chocolate and peanut butter treat, I go for PB2′s chocolate peanut butter. It’s AWESOME in plain greek yogurt or oatmeal!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      ME TOO! Reese’s are the greatest.
      That’s funny…that is EXACTLY what I do.. I actually had it for dinner last night! (in GY!) Love PB2!

  4. says

    Don’t you just love it when we rummage the pantries and come up with something awesome! I love the crunch in these – very different…Bravo, they look fantastic! You were my last stop on this delicious Chocolate & PB journey…now I HAVE to go eat something – SO. Much. Deliciousness.

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Yes! It’s the best…especially I already live at the grocery store! Thanks Colleen!
      I KNOW RIGHT. I just got back from the gym
      time to go reverse all the effects of that.

  5. says

    Cupboards should come in Julia and Taylor-friendly heights – I have to hoist myself up on the counter and climb into cupboards too (I’m 5’3″ – high fives, short stop!!). I’m always sure to wear baggy sweat or yoga pants while I shoot photos so that I can climb on a stool to get aerial shots. Tight jeans are just not friendly for climbing flexibility.

    I’m dying over these!!!!! First off, how insanely GORGEOUS are your pictures?? They’re so pretty! I want to climb up in your photos, eat my way through, then fall asleep into a sweet sweet chocolate peanut butter coma.

    • Taylor Kiser says

      YES! I agree. I wear baggy pants for shooting too! (read: pajamas) BUT then sometimes I go to edit and see that the “baggyness” has bagged it’s way into corners of pictures if I am not careful…and the world can see my leopard print pjs. UGH. Short people problems.

      Thanks friend! I have been practicing in photo world :) I’ll join you in that coma!

  6. Christina says

    I also love homemade chocolate peanut butter cups. Better yet, brownies (with oat flour and almond meal) with a surprise pb cup inside!

  7. Kelsey says

    It’s hard to pick just one because it is the best combination out there… but probably just a peanut butter-dark chocolate chip cookie. With oatmeal.

  8. says

    Awesome skinny goodness for sure! And next time get extra peanut butter because running out of it is just not an option. Must have it around at all times.

  9. says

    Whaaaaa? I am so in love!!! I just drooled a little. I have a special step stool stored in my kitchen. And by stored, I mean out in the open at the ready at all times. I am always climbing into my baking cabinet for something. I’m sooo short!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha I totally have one too! I usually use it to crawl on top of the table for photoshoots…it gets dangerous up in hurrrr.
      Thanks girl!

  10. says

    Every single word in your title had me fired up for your recipe…and it does not disappoint! What a fabulous dessert to wrap up the list of amazing treats created for chocolate-pb day!!!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter right? I’m sending some to you telepathically..riiiighttt now! DONE

  11. says

    What an incredible recipe!! You’ve nailed all my favorite things…peanut butter, chocolate, no-bake AND lower fat and calories! Way to go, YOU! Plus, your photos are very creative!!! I think I just found my new favorite blog :)
    Happy #chocPBday

  12. says

    I am always on the lookout for easy no bake desserts for when the temperature soars during the summer and these look perfect. And wonderful. And delicious. I’m not looking forward to those high temperatures (I live in Dubai where it can get up to 120°F!) but I am looking forward to trying your recipe, Taylor.

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Dubai?! WHOA! And I thought Florida was hot!
      I hope you love them and thanks for the kind words Stacy!

  13. Carolyn says

    Think we (meaning your mom and I) should make these for your cousin Kerry”s baby shower. They sound simply wonderful!

  14. says

    Taylor, my friend… we have a problem. First off, how have I NEVER known of your blog before today? GORGEOUS, AWESOME, and AMAZING are the first three words that pop into my head to describe your recipes.
    Secondly, we need “clean up in aisle 5″… I’m drooling all over the place :)

  15. says

    Ok, I’m a little more than obsessed with these bars!! How did you pack so much deliciousness into them?Impossible, but yet not because here they are staring me in the face… Yup, I need them in my life like yesterday! Pinned!

  16. says

    Holy shizz, skinny, gluten free and no-bake? Full of chocolate and peanut butter goodness?! These are amazing, Taylor! My waistline and taste buds will thank you after I’ve made a pan and have devoured them all by myself.

  17. Lauren A. says

    I love Buckeyes! I only make them during the holiday season, so they’re a special treat… that don’t last very long around the house!

  18. says

    Mmkay, I’m leaving 2 comments… This one, where I basically describe how awesome you are, and the second one to enter this fun giveaway. So you don’t have to respond to that one. ;)

    So… You. Are. Awesome. Chocolate + PB in a skinny treat?? YUM! And yes, I do the exact same thing too — those darn tall cupboards and our short genes. Not cool, just not cool. I actually store a pink little girl’s step stool in the kitchen just so I can reach my flours on the second tallest shelf. And my guy rarely eats breakfast, especially cereal (he’s lactose intolerant and always forgets to buy lactaid milk), so I’m jealous of all of your/his fun cereal stashes!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      I love you haha!
      I am glad I am not the only one risking my life day in and day out to bake!
      Oh man, that is a bummer! I do enjoy the fun cereal stashes…they make some creative treats!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Thank you..I am so happy to have you here! :) I’d LOVE it if you let me know whatcha try! :D Happy Friday!

  19. says

    Oh I’ve had an idea to make a cheesecake with a rice crispy crust, but looks like you beat me to it! Glad to see it worked out. Can’t wait to try your chocolate peanut butter version.

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