Superfood Cereal Squares

These no bake superfood cereal squares are the perfect combo of chewy and crunchy. They hold together well so they’re portable and make a delicious, healthy whole-grain snack! This post is sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A blend of original Cheerios and oats work great as a base for the squares. Both add an oaty flavor and offer a heafty dose of whole grain.

Speaking of, September is National Whole Grain Month!

As you all know, I am a big advocate for choosing whole grains and almost every recipe with grains here on EBF is made with whole over refined 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.

I’m sure most of you already know this, but just as a refresher, whole grains are awesome for a variety of reasons. It provides 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! The good news is that whole grain is the first ingredient in all General Mills Big G cereals, including Cheerios, so when you make these bars you’re packing in a good amount.

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.

As I mentioned, I used original regular Cheerios for this recipe, but you can have fun with it and use your favorite flavor. I already have plans to make pumpkin cereal squares with Pumpkin Spice Cheerios in the next week or so!

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Superfood Cereal Squares


Description

The perfect combo of chewy and crunchy. These squares hold together well so they’re portable and make a delicious, healthy whole-grain snack!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or goji berries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp 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

  1. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place Cheerios, oats, coconut flakes, dried cranberries, pepitas, sunflower seeds, hemp and chia seeds in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour over the cereal mixture and gently toss to coat everything.
  5. 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. Store leftover squares in the fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories: 139 |
  • Sugar: 11g |
  • Fat: 7g |
  • Carbohydrates: 17g |
  • Fiber: 2g |
  • Protein: 3g

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.

This post is sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals. As always opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EBF possible. 

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    26 comments
    1. Mo Ojelade
      September 30, 2020 AT 5:31 pm

      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. 🙂

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

      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

    3. 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?

    4. Katia
      October 19, 2016 AT 1:47 pm

      These turned out AMAZING! Everyone in my family loved them and we shared them with friends who immediately asked for the recipe. One friend said she thinks it’s more delicious than a chocolate bar. That’s pretty extreme, but they are really really good. We subbed sunflower seed butter for almond butter to make them safe for my kids’ nut-free school. This probably added a bit of sugar but I didn’t want to skimp on the honey because I was worried that they wouldn’t hold together if I reduced any of the “sticky stuff.” We also subbed raisins for goji berries because they were what we had on hand. The recipe was easy and fun to make with the kids. Will have to make these again soon because they went very quickly. Thanks for the great recipe and for your quick responses to my questions. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2016 AT 5:01 pm

        Yay!!! I am so glad to hear this, Katia! I love that your whole family enjoyed them and that the kids got involved with the cooking! 🙂

    5. Katia
      October 16, 2016 AT 2:19 pm

      Making these now with my daughter. What size baking dish should we use?
      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2016 AT 8:11 am

        Hi Katia. I hope you got my email, but I used a 8×8 square baking dish.

    6. Katia
      October 16, 2016 AT 12:39 am

      These look great for my kids’ lunch boxes. Do you think it would work to substitute sunflower seed butter for almond butter? Their school is nut-free.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 16, 2016 AT 11:06 am

        Yup! I think sunflower butter will work great. Oh and I have another recipe for Sunbutter Backpack Kisses that you might like as well.

    7. Kristen
      September 21, 2016 AT 7:35 pm

      These are delicious!! They are a snap to make. I just got back from a bike ride and was very happy to have one of these for a snack. I happened to have almond butter, but as it’s pricey, I tend to have its poor cousin peanut butter more often. I suspect these would be just as good with peanut butter —

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 2, 2016 AT 11:40 am

        Yay! I’m so excited that you liked the recipe, Kristen. And yes, these bars would be just as delicious with peanut butter instead of almond butter.

    8. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
      September 21, 2016 AT 12:51 pm

      What an awesome snack to send the kids to school with! I love all of the protein packed ingredients you loaded in these. They look and sound so yummy!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 2, 2016 AT 11:41 am

        Thanks Katie! Totally agree, they are perfect as a back to school snack.

    9. Allison – Celebrating Sweets
      September 21, 2016 AT 11:56 am

      Chewy and crunchy? Sold! Can’t wait to try them.

    10. Anoude
      September 17, 2016 AT 1:19 pm

      Do you think adding protein powder would affect how the bars hold together?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 18, 2016 AT 4:32 pm

        I love the idea to add a little protein powder and I don’t think it will affect the bars holding together. If the mixture seems too crumbly, just add more almond butter and/or honey! Let me know how they turn out.

    11. Mackenzie
      September 14, 2016 AT 3:17 am

      Oh my goodness these look so fantastic! YUMMM. My husband would love these too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 18, 2016 AT 4:32 pm

        Thanks so much Mackenzie. Isaac loves these so I’m sure your hub will too!

    12. melissa @ treats with a twist
      September 12, 2016 AT 8:10 pm

      Oh these would be so good with dried cherries too! I love this idea!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 18, 2016 AT 4:33 pm

        Yes!! Dried cherries would be a delicious addition.

    13. Jess @hellotofit
      September 12, 2016 AT 8:55 am

      Yummm this would be a perfect snack!!

    14. Kori
      September 12, 2016 AT 8:34 am

      I have almost all of the ingredients needed for these! We have the GF Multigrain Cheeriors that I plan to use. I just need to get almond butter, and we’ll be set. Thank you!

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