These easy cereal bars are way better than anything you can buy at the grocery store. Plus, you can customize the simple ingredients to fit any preference. They're a delicious snack and a great on-the-go quick breakfast.
Cereal Bars Recipe
But let's be honest, some days are too jam packed for that. On days that are too busy, I love eating a bowl of cereal. There's something nostalgic about cereal, it brings back happy memories!
So, I set out to make homemade cereal bars to bring that nostalgia into snack time...or even an easy breakfast.
This cereal bar recipe is about as simple as it gets in the kitchen. You don't have to bake anything and you won't make too much of a mess either. They're a sweet treat with easy basic ingredients.
I love making this easy snack and having it available to the whole family during the week. They're great to make ahead and store at room temperature or in the fridge. Cereal bars are freezer friendly too!
Simple homemade snacks like cereal bars and mixed berry muffins keep my grocery bill down, and all the tummies in my house happy. So thankful for easy recipes that make fun treats!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
- Cereal bars are a great school snack to pack in lunches or send as a special class treat.
- This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover cereal that is just sitting in your pantry. You can use multiple different types of cereal if you want!
- You only need a little time to prep these bars, then they can chill in the fridge. Got 10 minutes? That's all you need!
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe:
- peanut butter
- mini chocolate chips
Substitutions and Variations
You can use your favorite cereal in place of the Cheerios! This recipe would be great with cinnamon toast crunch, lucky charms, golden grahams, or even rice krispies. Use plain Cheerios, honey nut cheerios, or any of your other favorite flavors.
Swap the honey for maple syrup for a little different flavor! You can also mix in a little vanilla extract to the peanut butter to add a slight vanilla flavor.
If you don't have mini chocolate chips, melt some chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments. Then drizzle it over the top of these cereal bars.
Peanut butter cheerio bars call for creamy peanut butter, but you could use crunchy peanut butter to change up the texture of things. If you're allergic to peanuts, substitute almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or your favorite nut butter.
Make this recipe gluten free by subbing in your favorite gluten free cereal. There are tons of great options at the grocery store now, so just choose one!
How to Make Cereal Bars
Here's how to make this cereal bar recipe:
In a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the honey and peanut butter until combined.
Hot Tip: Pop the peanut butter into the microwave for 10-second intervals if it won't mix with the honey.
Pour 4 cups of cheerios into a large bowl. Then, pour the peanut butter-honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until it is all evenly incorporated.
Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the cereal bar mixture into the prepare baking dish and smooth it out with a silicone spatula.
Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top of the cereal bars, then press them down gently so that they adhere to the sticky peanut butter and honey.
Place the dish into the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes. Take the bars out of the fridge and remove them from the dish, keeping them on the parchment paper.
With a sharp knife, cut the homemade cereal bars into rectangles or squares and enjoy!
How to Store Leftover Cereal Bars
Place leftover homemade cereal bars in an airtight container or plastic storage bag and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days. To extend the life of this snack, store them in the fridge for a week.
You can also wrap the bars in plastic wrap, or place them in an airtight container, and store them in the freezer for up to a month. Take one out and let it thaw before eating!
Tips for Success
- If you're using a natural peanut butter where the oils separate, be sure to mix it very well before using the peanut butter in this recipe. Otherwise, your bars could turn out oily.
- Allow the bars to set before cutting into them. I know, it's so hard to resist such a great snack. But if you cut them too early, they'll fall apart.
- Try them with flavored Cheerios to make up your own flavors.
If you end up with a sticky mess, it could be one of two things. You could have added too much honey to the mixture, or you may not have let the bars set in the fridge long enough. Pop them back in the fridge and if they're still sticky after that, just make sure you carefully measure the honey next time.
Cereal bars are a popular snack item. These delicious bars are sold in stores in the cereal aisle, but making them at home is so much better. The ingredients are better, making them a more healthy bar and you can adapt the recipe however you want!
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- ⅔ cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- ⅔ cup + 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 cups Cheerios cereal
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Mix together honey and peanut butter in a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup. Microwave peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds if it is too firm to mix with honey.
- Measure 4 cups of Cheerios into a large bowl.
- Pour the peanut butter honey mixture over Cheerios and stir to coat completely.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour Cheerios mixture into pan and smooth top of bars as much as possible.
- Gently press chocolate chips into the tops of the bars
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then remove from fridge, take bars out of dish using parchment paper.
- Cut bars into rectangles or squares and serve!
I used Banana Nut Cheerios, but you could use plain, honey nut, chocolate or peanut butter-flavored O-shaped cereal.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g