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!
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.
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.
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.