Use the crumbs from the bottom of the cereal box, combined with two simple ingredients, to make homemade cereal bars perfect for breakfast or snack time.Jump to Recipe
Who else hates all the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of cereal? I don’t like eating it, but at the same time, I feel bad throwing it away and wasting good food. So, I decided to save all the crumbs until I had enough to make some cereal bars with it.
Whenever we would get to the bottom of the cereal, I poured that into a container to save while we opened a new box. After a few weeks, I saved up enough crumbs. We go through a lot of cereal since we each have a bowl for breakfast almost every morning.
The best part about these cereal bars is how easy they are to make. There are only 3 ingredients, and they are a great recipe to have the kids help with.
We made two batches, one with almond butter and one with peanut butter. I don’t like peanut butter, but the boys said they were delicious. I really liked the cereal bars with almond butter.
The cereal bars were great for a variety of uses. Of course, they were good for breakfast, and with the nut butter, they are full of protein which is a wonderful way to start the day, especially on those busy mornings. You can also use them for a healthy snack after school. I sent them in the boy’s lunch boxes for a couple of days, too, and now that they are older they have to bring a school snack every day.
I know I said these are only 3 ingredients, but there’s a lot of wiggle room, too. You can make these homemade granola bars with as many or as few ingredients as you’d like. If you add too many dry ingredients, you may need to increase the nut butter to ensure they stick together properly.
- Chocolate chips
- Rice Krispies
- Sunflower seeds
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Honey nut Cheerios
- Dried cranberries
When you are considering your ingredients and add-ins, keep in mind anyone with nut allergies, especially if these are brought to school. I am very conscious of the kids with a peanut allergy in my boys’ classes. Instead of creamy peanut butter, I would use sunflower butter or something similar to protect those students. Our school district is not a peanut-free zone, but we are careful about not bringing it into their classrooms and lunchrooms.
For those with allergies, try these for a nut-free option:
- Sunflower seed butter
- Granola butter
- Chickpea butter
- Wow butter
- Oat butter
If you aren’t dealing with allergens, try any type of nut butter:
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Natural peanut butter
- Walnut butter
No-Bake Cereal Bars from Crumbs Step by Step
- 2 cups dry cereal
- 1/3 cup nut butter*
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
*If you are making these as an easy snack to send to school, please take class allergies into consideration. Instead of peanut butter or almond butter, try sunflower seed butter to avoid the allergens.
In a medium saucepan, heat the nut butter over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until it’s soft.
Pour in the maple syrup and stir until combined.
In a large bowl, fold the cereal crumbs into the nut butter mixture.
Pour the cereal mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish and press it down until flattened. Tip: Cover with plastic wrap and press down so it doesn’t stick to your hands.
Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, until it’s chilled and firm. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and cut into bars.
No-Bake Cereal Bars Leftovers
Storage: Store remaining cereal bars in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days at room temperature. If you are in a humid climate, I suggest keeping them in the refrigerator.
Originally Published On: June 13, 2019
Last Updated On: November 14, 2023
No-Bake Cereal Bars
- 2 cups dry cereal
- 1/3 cup nut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- In a medium saucepan, heat the nut butter over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until it’s soft
- Pour in the maple syrup and stir until combined
- In a large mixing bowl, fold the cereal crumbs into the nut butter mixture
- Pour the cereal mix into a greased 8×8 baking dish and press it down until flattened
- Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, until it’s chilled and firm
- Remove the pan from the refrigerator and cut into bars
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
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