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No-Bake Cereal Bar Recipe

Nutritious No-Bake Cereal Bars with Cheerios, Peanut Butter, and Honey.

In a world bustling with on-the-go lifestyles, finding nutritious and delicious snacks can be a challenge. However, a delightful solution combines the goodness of Cheerios, the creaminess of peanut butter, and the sweetness of honey – homemade cereal bars. These homemade cereal bars not only make for a convenient snack but also allow you to control the ingredients, ensuring a wholesome treat for you and your family.

Caring for children often means dealing with picky eaters. With my granddaughter being one, I'm constantly searching for nutritious and kid-friendly snacks. When I discovered this cereal bar recipe, I couldn't resist trying it. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, healthy fats, and various essential nutrients. It provides energy, supports heart health, and contains vitamins and minerals like potassium and magnesium. Nutritious, no-bake, quick, and easy what's not to love about these cereal bars?

Why homemade cereal bars?

Homemade cereal bars are an excellent solution for repurposing leftover cereal. During my kids' younger years, we often found ourselves with partially consumed cereal boxes, and discarding them felt wasteful. This homemade cereal bar recipe allows you to creatively utilize almost any cereal, as long as it complements peanut butter. Whether it's Cornflakes, Golden Grahams, Kix, Rice Crispies, or a range of flavored Cheerios, the options are diverse. Peanut butter is also considered a nutrient-dense food. It provides a good balance of essential nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Making homemade cereal bars is a breeze taking about 10 minutes to prepare. These bars are no-bake so they come together quickly and are prepared by melting peanut butter and honey in a small pan, combining it with Cheerios, and then chilling the mixture.

What Do I Need To Make Homemade Cereal Bars?

1. Cheerios:

Start with a base of Cheerios, those iconic little O's that bring a satisfying crunch to every bite. Choose your favorite variety, whether it's classic, honey nut, or multigrain.

2. Peanut Butter:

Opt for natural peanut butter without added sugars or oils for a healthier twist. The creamy consistency will bind the ingredients together and add a rich, nutty flavor.

3. Honey:

Nature's sweetener, honey, not only adds sweetness but also provides a natural energy boost. It's a perfect complement to the nutty undertones of peanut butter.

4. Nuts and Seeds (Optional):

For an extra nutritional boost, consider adding chopped nuts or seeds like almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, or flaxseeds. These add a delightful crunch and additional nutrients.

Tips for making homemade cereal bars with Cheerios and honey.

If you're using natural peanut butter you may need a little extra honey.

Use parchment paper, the refrigerated mixture will pop right out of the dish for easy cleanup.

Remove the bars from the baking dish and place them on a cutting board. This step makes cutting the bars a breeze.


  • 3 cups Cheerios

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • Nuts and seeds (optional)


1. Melt Peanut Butter and Honey:

In a saucepan over low heat, gently melt together the peanut butter and honey. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

2. Combine Ingredients:

In a large mixing bowl, combine Cheerios, and any optional nuts or seeds. Pour the melted peanut butter and honey mixture over the dry ingredients, ensuring an even coating.

3. Press into a Pan:

Transfer the mixture to a lined or greased 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Press it down firmly to create a uniform layer. This step ensures that the bars hold together well.

4. Chill and Set:

Place the pan in the refrigerator for one hour to allow the mixture to set. Once firm, remove and cut into bars of your desired size.

Say goodbye to store-bought cereal bars filled with additives and embrace the simplicity and goodness of homemade cereal bars. With Cheerios, peanut butter, and honey as the star ingredients, you'll have a yummy, inexpensive snack or on-the-go breakfast in ten minutes. Experiment with different variations, and soon, you'll have a go-to recipe for wholesome, homemade goodness.

You may also enjoy these no-bake oatmeal chocolate bars with creamy chocolate layered between a soft brown sugar and oatmeal crust.

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Hello, my name is Wendy I live in upstate NY with my husband and four children. Now that my children are getting older I have some extra time to share my experiences, recipes, traditions and life tips.

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