Cereal Bars

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These no bake cereal bars are the perfect combo of chewy and crunchy. They hold together well so they’re portable and make a delicious, healthy whole-grain snack! 

Superfood Cereal Squares -- Like trail mix in bar form, these cereal squares are packed with nutrient dense superfood seeds, whole grain cereal and dried fruit. They’re held together with a blend of almond butter and honey so they’re nutty, sweet and perfectly chewy with a little crunch from the cereal.

Like trail mix in bar form, these cereal squares are packed with nutrient dense superfood seeds, cereal with whole grain and dried fruit. They’re held together with a blend of almond butter and honey so they’re nutty, sweet and perfectly chewy with a little crunch from the cereal.

Plus, they’re so quick and easy to make. I’ve already made two batches in the past couple weeks and I can easily see them becoming a weekly staple around here. Isaac loves snacking on them while making deliveries and they’ve quickly become a daily afternoon snack for me.

Are Cereal Bars Healthy?

I can’t speak to all of the store-bought cereal bars but these definitely are healthy! They’re packed with fiber, healthy fats and protein thanks to the seeds, oats and nut butter. These bars are only sweetened with honey so they’re much healthier than cereal bars you’d find in the grocery store that are typically loaded with sugar and oil.

Ingredients for cereal bars laid out on a marble surface with labels.

Here’s What You Need

  • Cheerios – use original Cheerios as a base for these bars.
  • old fashioned oats – my fave brand of oats is Bob’s Red Mill. They have a gluten-free oats if needed too!  
  • unsweetened coconut flakes – 
  • dried cranberries or goji berries – try to find unsweetened berries if you can!
  • seeds – I use a combination of pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds and chia seeds.
  • almond butter – creamy almond butter works best! Make sure it doesn’t have any added ingredients and is just almonds and salt.
  • honey – a natural sweetener.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • salt – to taste! Salt helps all of the flavors come together.
Superfood Cereal Squares -- Like trail mix in bar form, these cereal squares are packed with nutrient dense superfood seeds, whole grain cereal and dried fruit. They’re held together with a blend of almond butter and honey so they’re nutty, sweet and perfectly chewy with a little crunch from the cereal.

Why I Love Whole Grains

With the paleo and grain-free food trends I think grains have gotten a bad reputation, but it’s important to remember that whole grains (like oats, rice, corn, sorghum, spelt, wheat, rye, barley, etc) are whole, real foods and unless you have an allergy or intolerance, they’re really good for you.

Whole grains provide key nutrients in our diets like vitamins, minerals and fiber. Studies show too that eating more whole grain may reduce the risk of some chronic diseases like heart disease. And it’s crazy because 95% of Americans do not get enough whole grain in their diet! When you make these bars you’re packing in a good amount.

How to Store Leftovers

These bars store really well! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or store in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you store in the freezer, I recommend letting them thaw in the refrigerator before enjoying.

Superfood Cereal Squares -- Like trail mix in bar form, these cereal squares are packed with nutrient dense superfood seeds, whole grain cereal and dried fruit. They’re held together with a blend of almond butter and honey so they’re nutty, sweet and perfectly chewy with a little crunch from the cereal.

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Cereal Bars

5 from 8 votes
The perfect combo of chewy and crunchy. These squares hold together well so they’re portable and make a delicious, healthy whole-grain snack!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, or goji berries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas, aka pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place Cheerios, oats, coconut flakes, dried cranberries, pepitas, sunflower seeds and chia seeds in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
    1 1/2 cups Cheerios, 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup pepitas, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • In a small saucepan, heat almond butter and honey over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and sea salt.
    1/2 cup natural creamy almond butter, 1/2 cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pour over the cereal mixture and gently toss to coat everything.
  • Pour into lined pan and press mixture down firmly with a spatula or your hands. Place squares in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set up. Remove from freezer, cut into squares and serve.
  • Place bars in the freezer for about 30 minutes to setup. Remove from freezer, cut into bars or squares and serve.
  • Store leftover bars in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 129kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 3g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 71mg Potassium: 110mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 9g
Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cereal bars

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    29 comments
    1. Nicole P
      June 20, 2021 AT 9:46 pm

      5 stars
      Hello, can’t wait to make these! Approximately how long would these last in the fridge? Can you freeze them at all? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 2:37 pm

        They should be fine to freeze! They’ll last about 7 days in the fridge.

    2. Ali
      November 19, 2020 AT 8:07 pm

      5 stars
      These are delicious. Toddler approved. Followed as written.I might add 1/4 C less honey next time but will for sure make it again. Thank you!

    3. Mo Ojelade
      September 30, 2020 AT 5:31 pm

      5 stars
      Love it! Made it and posted the photos on Instagram. My kids love them in their lunchboxes and husband enjoys them as snacks between his meetings. Very easy to make and so wholesome!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:31 pm

        Yay! So glad these bars were a hit with your family. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Denise Hershey
      November 8, 2019 AT 9:29 am

      5 stars
      I’ve been looking for a healthier treat for my kiddos that doesn’t use refined sugar, and these were a great hit! Of course they did smuggle a handful of chocolate chips into the mix. I have a flax/chia seed blend that I use and subbed in place of the hemp. I also toasted the pepitas for a few minutes on the stove top before adding, and wow, were they tasty. Such a great recipe! Easily doubled and patted down into a 9×13 pan. Thank you for this treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 8, 2019 AT 11:31 pm

        Amazing!! I’m so glad that you and your kids enjoyed this recipe. I’m sure the flax/chia seed blend was a great addition as well as the toasted pepitas. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Denise. The ratings are super helpful, so I appreciate it. <3

    5. kacey
      January 11, 2018 AT 10:35 am

      I LOVE these…. Do you think I could add flax and brewers yeast to these for lactation?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 11, 2018 AT 11:32 am

        Totally!! Maybe in place of the hemp and chia seeds?

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