Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars

These healthy 3 Ingredient no bake cereal bars are chewy and the perfect snack between meals or for a healthy dessert! Ready in 5 minutes, these no bake cereal bars can be made with or without peanut butter- The choice is yours! 

easy homemade no bake cereal bars

Cereal Bars Recipe

Confession- I hoard leftover bits of cereal.

Although I don’t really enjoy cereal for ‘meals’ in itself, I do enjoy a bowlful as a snack before bed or when I want some texture, add it to Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or even ice cream.

Yes, ice cream. 

For some reason, I don’t really like the final handful in each bag. It’s usually made up of broken pieces of cereal, cereal dust and more cereal dust.

Saying that, I also despise wasting food so these all just pile up. A quick glance in my pantry would see close to seven cereal packets, all with barely a handful in each. However, in my grocery bag, I had a new box of crispy rice cereal. The reason for this new box of cereal was to make a weekly staple in this neck of the woods- Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Rice Crispy Treats.

cereal bars made with peanut butter

How to make easy homemade No Bake Cereal Bars

Before I ripped open the new box of cereal to get some bar treatment, I thought for a second. Why not combine all the leftover bits and bobs of cereal and replace the crispy rice, cup for cup, and use said cereal instead.

The majority of my leftover cereal were these Whole O’s by Nature’s Path (a vegan and gluten free version of Cheerios) and some peanut butter puffins. I threw the muffins on some vanilla yogurt and combined all the remnants of Whole O’s to make a delicious, quick and easy 3 Ingredient no bake snack bar.


Saving money.

NO wasting.


peanut butter cheerios cereal bars


no bake cereal bars

Are cereal bars Healthy? 

These healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal bars literally take five minutes to prep and the hard part is waiting for them to firm up…although eating the ‘batter’ is totally acceptable.

This recipe is not impressive (and easy!) because they use three ingredients. Unlike store-bought packaged cereal bar, they contain no butter, no sugar, and no dairy, but you’d never tell.

Naturally gluten-free and vegan, they are also relatively low calorie. 

How do you get cereal bars to stick together?

  • I used this almond butter in one batch and this generic peanut butter in another. To be honest, I LOVED the latter (with all the added ingredients in it) and found it to have a much more delicious texture. If that doesn’t phase go, go for option two! 
  • Ensure cereal bars stick together by melting together your nut butter with your syrup of choice. It makes the bars hold up easily. 

More healthy no bake snacks

cereal bars with cheerios

Watch the step-by-step video below!

No Bake Cereal Bars made with cheerios

Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars

These healthy 3 Ingredient no bake cereal bars are chewy and the perfect snack between meals or for a healthy dessert! Made with or without peanut butter, they are gluten free, vegan and dairy free.
4.41 from 5 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cereal bars, granola bars, no bake snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Bars
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Arman


  • 2 cups dry cereal I used Whole O's- Cheerios would work if not strictly gluten free
  • 6 tbsp almond butter can substitute for peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 6 tbsp brown rice syrup can substitute for maple syrup or agave nectar


  • Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your dry cereal and set aside.
  • Stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your sticky sweetener and then pour the mixture into the crispy rice cereal and mix well.
  • Pour mixture into the lined baking tray and press firmly into place. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.


Cereal bars are fine at room temperature but best to kept in the freezer or fridge for best texture.


Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 3mg | NET CARBS: 17g
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97 thoughts on “Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars

  1. Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids. Oh wait. You didn’t use Trix. Ok then, maybe you aren’t so silly, mate. In fact, maybe you’re a genius! I love me a good cereal bar in the morning. Quick, easy and portable…what’s not to love there?? Can I top mine with colored sparkling sugar, though? 🙂

  2. I definitely don’t like to waste food! I love cereal. I add it to cookies for a little extra crunch, or add it to a mixture of nuts and dried fruit for some trail mix snack.

  3. What a neat recipe—these would be fun to bring to a party or something. I may or may not take it one step into the “are you f—ing kidding me” zone and make this with Cinnamon Toast Crunch…

  4. These would be great for party when I am in a hurry. And probably my picky niece too! I never have cereal as a meal b/c I find it so un-satisfying, but I love it as a snack!

  5. Omg I love putting cereal on my ice cream. There is just something about that combo of sweet, creamy and crunchy! Imagine if I put these crumbled cereal bars on my ice cream, now that’s what Im talking about!

  6. These sound amazing! I love how quick and simple they are to make. Plus they uses GF cheerios, which is basically like my favorite cereal, simply because it goes with any flavor and any food!

  7. I use cornflakes to make cereal bars because the have the texture of a butterfinger when you mix them with peanut butter and maple syrup. I don’t eat that much cereal really, but if I have a handful left I usually just mix it into my oatmeal or something. Great easy recipe Arman!

  8. Hello new lunchbox staple! I can’t get over how quick these are to make, I am constantly craving rice krispy treats but it’s so hard to find ones not made with beef gelatine. Thanks for another awesome recipe and WIAW Arman. I hate wasting food, I won’t throw anything away unless it is mouldy. In all honesty, I tend to eat more cereal dry out of the box than in any other medium (including the dust at the bottom), I do use it as an ice cream and yogurt topping occasionally though.

  9. Ha, I actually just bought a box of cereal (paleo granola – you’d approve!) purely to put on top of my yoghurts, protein puddings etc. I love the texture!

  10. I HATE wasting food, which is why I’m devastated when I see that something in my fridge is expired! 🙁 BUT, I never waste cereal. I tried your bars and I thought they were awesome! So delicious and sweet–I’m totally reminiscing the Froot Loops and Cinnamon Toast Crunch bars now!

  11. Oh my! Here’s to hoping I win the mixer! A few years ago I have my kitchen aide away to someone who had a dream to start baking cupcakes out of her home for a business but didn’t have a mixer. I gave her mine and didn’t think I’d miss mine bc I have a hand mixer. Boy was I wrong! I really miss mine and they are way too expensive to buy a new one! ?

  12. Turn the cereal dust into cereal milk it the most amazing malty flavoured milk in the world don’t not do it grammar is my forte btw

  13. I love how simple this recipe is! I hate food waste. I used to save veggie scraps to make homemade veggie broth, but it ended up just being too much work. This looks like such an easy way to deal with leftovers.

  14. hello this is my new go to recipe for morning tea – bring a plate – WHATEVER !! added coconut flakes one time and another used gluten free weetbix – just awesome – thanks so much

  15. Keeper! Delicious. Just made these using gf cheerios, peanut butter and organic brown rice syrup. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  16. So I definitely add protein powder to these so that they hold my husband over a bit better and they are delicious! Thanks for this!

  17. Hey, Arman ~ I tried this one today and changed it up a bit. We had Peanut Butter Puffins that were sitting around, and since I hat to waste food, I thought I’d just make them into cereal bars. I added some chocolate to the bottom of the pan first. I chopped up the Puffins into smaller pieces, along with natural peanut butter and organic agave as my sweetener. I also added some mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life. they look de-lish…I’ll let you know how my kids like them. I might also try this recipe with chopped nuts, rather than the cereal.

      1. Ok, great, Arman. I have been trying to duplicate the Luna Bar flavor Nutz Over Chocolate. I have been delving into my own personal gut health, an, as such, I’ve been very, very label conscious. I am not a fan of soy and am disenchanted to see so many brands including soy in their recipes. My goal here would be to make this recipe without soy, so that my daughter can have a healthier snack. Thank you so much for inspiring me, in more ways than one. I might just launch my own little blog about good gut health. I have a site called Shine the Light Project,…it‘s all about shining the light on human trafficking, labor exploitation, and helping people find simple ways to end slavery in their own lives. i am a big fan of the Fair Trade movement, for example, and am all about using non-GMO, high quality organic ingredients in my recipes. Feel free to stop on by my page…perhaps there’s a way for us to collaborate? You never know. Thanks, Arman

  18. So I just made these (at 10pm!).
    I made these as a special treat for my daughter’s lunch for preschool tomorrow.
    She does not get a lot of sweets in her lunchbox– mainly because naptime happens right after lunch time and this mama (and her teachers) needs her to take a nap!( ha ha). I personally can’t stand honey, but I know it’s a great way to sweeten without adding sugar (for the reason I mentioned before)
    I can’t wait to see what she thinks.

    **Note: I only had honey on hand as a sweetener and I had regular peanut butter, so that’s what I used, along with Honey Nut Cheerios. Oh, and even though I DON’T give her a lot of sugar, I DID add a FEW chocolate chips to make it even more special!!**

    Thanks for the great recipe and I can’t wait to try it with other cereals!

  19. I’m not sure how long ago this was posted but I read the ‘cheerios if not strictly gluten free’ for being an option. Is this a mis-type? cheerios are gluten free. The whole grain ones are not and I think there is 1 other of their USA line that aren’t but all the rest should be gluten free. I bookmarked this recipe and look forward to making it when I make my next order of cheerios from my favorite USA brand site. Thank you!

  20. Hi there!

    Do you know if these would work without the peanut butter? I work in a school and everything has to be nut free, but it seems like a great snack to make with the students!

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