No-Bake Cereal Bars from Crumbs

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.

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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. You could also eat the cereal bars could as snacks, and I sent them in the boy’s lunch boxes a couple of days.

Step by Step

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. I found keeping these in the refrigerator worked best so they stay together.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 13, 2019

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No-Bake Cereal Bars

Use the crumbs from the bottom of the cereal box, combined with two simple ingredients, to make homemade cereal bars.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cereal, maple syrup, no bake, peanut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 88kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry cereal
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • 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

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

View Comments (25)

  • This right here will be a great addition to my family's breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • These look quite healthy and as if they would melt in your mouth. Looks like your son had fun making them too!

    • Yes, yes, and yes! They are delicious and soft and yes, we had fun making these together.

  • I like that these are no bake. I usually toss the crumbs, never thought about using them for another snack!

    • No bake makes them so quick and easy to put together. I used to always toss the crumbs too but knew there had to be some way to use them.

  • I'm going to be adding these to my recipes. They look so good and great for summer since you don't even need an oven. Thanks for sharing!

    • Perfect for summer since they are no bake and a quick easy breakfast that the kids can grab without having to wake me up!

  • This is a genius idea Stephanie! We don't eat much cereal at home, but I'll definitely be passing this to my sister, she's been complaining about the same thing!

    • Cereal is our go-to morning breakfast here. I hope your sister can use this to make something else from the crumbs!

  • I love that these are no bake! My two year old would love these...I’ll have to give them a try!

    • Both of my boys devoured these, so your two-year-old would probably love them, too!

    • I hope you enjoy them! Since it's made with cereal you already eat, it's pretty safe to say you'll like the flavor.

    • Definitely! My boys love helping out in the kitchen and had a great time making these with me.

  • I love this idea. So great for all of those left behind crumbs. I think I’d also use agave too.

    • That would be a great addition! You could really add anything you want as long as they don't become too moist that they won't stay together.

  • I love this idea! I'm always looking for quick things to tide the kids over in the car when we rush to and fro. This seems perfect!

    • The cereal bars would be great for that! I would just suggest wrapping in a napkin or rag since they can get a bit messy as they warm up.

  • Oooo these cereal bars look delish!! Perfect easy breakfast for the kiddo over summer. So need to make

    • And a breakfast that they can grab themselves meaning they don't have to wake me up! My boys loved to help make and eat these.

  • So delicious! I added cranberries and pistachios to mine, as well as a generous pinch of salt seeing as my almond butter was not salted. Definitely will be using this as a snack! Thank you!

    • Oh, that sounds great, too! There are so many things you could add or take away. If you like these, I also have a recipe for granola bars that use dried fruit in them and are similar to these.

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