Cereal Bars – The best after school snack that my kids absolutely love. Made with just 3 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes to make! These homemade cereal bars pair perfectly with a cold 8-ounce glass of milk!
During the school year, we love to have lots of easy and delicious snacks on hand. These cereal bars are one of our favorite after school snack recipes, along with granola bars and frozen yogurt granola berry bites.
Homemade Cereal Bars
With school starting in a couple weeks, I thought I would share one of my favorite childhood after school snacks. I don’t know about you, but when my kids get home from school they are hangry and ready to eat the entire pantry. I don’t even try asking them about their day until their bellies are happy. :) Once they’ve had a good snack, they’re ready to tell me about their day. I love sitting around the kitchen table eating together and listening to all of their school day stories.
What I love about these homemade cereal bars is that they pair perfectly with a cold glass of milk. Without milk, it’s really hard for kids to get enough calcium, vitamin D and potassium, the essential nutrients that they need to grow strong. My kids always ask for a big glass of milk when snacking on these cereal bars, so that’s a win in my book! It’s important to provide good nutrition with milk and this cereal bar recipe makes it so easy!
My 3 year old is peanut butter obsessed and loved making these with me! If you saw my Instagram story last week, you may remember when she dipped her entire hand into the peanut butter jar and then took a big gulp of milk after. She definitely keeps me on my toes, but I always love having her by my side.
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How to make cereal bars
This cereal bar recipe comes together in just 10 minutes and couldn’t get any easier. The best part about these cereal bars is that you can use your favorite cereal to make them. You can also add some of your favorite mix ins like peanuts or chocolate chips. These homemade cereal bars are seriously so easy and taste absolutely delicious – and pair great with an 8-ounce glass of cold milk!
Follow these simple steps to get started. Scroll down for the printable cereal bar recipe.
- Line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine the peanut butter and honey in a medium size sauce pan. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Add in the dry cereal and stir until completely coated. Then press into the lined pan. Use a piece of parchment paper to press firmly down on the bars.
- Refrigerate bars for one hour, or until ready to serve.
Cereal bar recipe ingredients
Peanut butter: The peanut butter is the ‘glue’ that holds these cereal bars together. You could use any type of nut butter (cashew, almond, etc.), however I’ve found that peanut butter tastes the creamiest and holds together the best.
Honey: The honey adds the perfect touch of sweetness to these cereal bars. If you don’t have honey on hand, you could use maple syrup too. I like to add a dash of vanilla to help enhance the flavor, too.
Dry cereal: There are tons of different cereals options that will work in this cereal bar recipe. You can use your favorite cereal or something that’s already in your pantry.
Tips for making cereal bars
- Make sure to press down firmly with parchment paper so that they stick together (and not on your hands).
- Refrigerate the bars for the full hour so they become firm.
- Use a sharp knife to cut through the bars.
- Once cut, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to help keep their shape.
- Drizzle melted chocolate or stir in some chocolate chips to turn these into a fun kid-friendly dessert.
Cereal Bar Recipe
Cereal Bars - The best after school snack that my kids absolutely love. Made with just 3 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes to make! These homemade cereal bars pair perfectly with a cold glass of milk!
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups dry cereal
Line a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine the peanut butter and honey in a medium size sauce pan. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Add in the dry cereal and stir until completely coated. Then press into the lined pan. Use a piece of parchment paper to press firmly down on the bars.
Refrigerate bars for one hour, or until ready to serve.
These cereal bars are best kept chilled in the refrigerator to keep shape.
As much as I love a bowl of cereal and milk, these cereal bars are even better dipped in an 8-ounce glass of milk. Grab a glass and enjoy!
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