Have you ever had chocolate peanut butter Luna bars? Well now you can make your own rice crispy protein bars at home, with only 5 ingredients!

I recommend using brown rice crispies for a healthier version, but if that isn’t available to you, regular rice crispy cereal works just fine. Barbara’s and Nature’s Path make a whole grain brown crispy rice cereal that can be found at most grocery stores.

As quick and easy as it is to grab a bunch of protein bars at the store, I love making my own at home, since the cost tends to add up. This recipe makes 4 bars at a time.

Personally, I love the bars with just the peanut butter flavor, but you also have the option to add a layer of homemade chocolate.

homemade luna bar

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Protein Bars
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
  • 2 cups rice crispy cereal
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup liquid sweetener of choice
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir peanut butter, sweetener and vanilla extract together until combined, then add cereal and protein powder and stir again until all rice crispies are coated.
  2. Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and pour mixture onto the paper.
  3. Press down on mixture with a spoon, then mold the outer edges with the spoon so it makes a giant rectangle shape. (This is easier to do with a spoon because the mixture will stick to your hands.)
  4. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
  5. Once the mixture has hardened, remove from freezer and slice into four rectangles.
  6. If adding a chocolate layer, stir 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup and 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter together until combined, then dip bars in chocolate and freeze for 10 minutes.
  7. Store in freezer.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 235 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 31g Sugar: 15g Sodium: 145mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 10g
Recipe makes 4 bars.
Nutrition facts do not include optional chocolate layer.

homemade protein bar