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No Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars (grain free)

With fall and back-to-school season upon us, I knew I wished to create the proper wholesome deal with for youths that mother and pop would additionally love.

In the event you’ve tried my well-known Wholesome Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats earlier than, prepare for a enjoyable twist on this superb basic. Additionally, should you haven’t tried the rice krispies it’s time to whip up your first batch ASAP.

Anyhow, these no bake excessive protein peanut butter cereal bars are my PB rice krispies’ cute little sister. I imply, simply look how cute they’re! These little cups are made with just some easy components and my all-time favourite cereal, Three Needs. I found Three Needs just a few years again and instantly fell in LOVE. A lot in order that I turned an investor within the firm! The cereal is all gluten & grain free and packs a lift of protein from chickpeas. Plus they’ve superb flavors like cinnamon, cocoa, frosted, fruity, and extra.

These cereal bars even have creamy peanut butter, a bit pure maple syrup for naturally sweetening, and naturally, the perfect chocolate topping to chew into.

They’re crunchy, peanut buttery, completely candy, and actually the perfect deal with to maintain in your fridge or freezer for when the youngsters get dwelling. I recommend making a double (or triple) batch so as to take pleasure in them, too. Bonus factors: they’re SO enjoyable to make with kiddos! They’ll love to assist with the blending and shaping the cups.

No youngsters? No drawback. Preserve these treats available for a wholesome dessert any day of the week!

peanut butter cereal cups on a marble board

What makes these cereal bars further particular?

These wonderful peanut butter cereal bars have a decadent chocolate topping that makes them style like a crunchy Reese’s peanut butter cup. They’re additionally:

  • Gluten and grain free: due to my favourite cereal, Three Needs!
  • Pure sweetened: with a bit pure maple syrup.
  • Full of over 7g of protein: from the creamy peanut butter and Three Needs!
  • Simply dairy free & vegan: simply remember to use your favourite vegan chocolate on prime.

ingredients for peanut butter cereal bars on a board

Components in these peanut butter cereal bars

Not solely are these wholesome cereal cups grain free, gluten free, and simply dairy free/vegan, however they’re additionally solely made with 6 tremendous easy components! Right here’s what you’ll have to make them:

  • Peanut butter: you’ll want pure creamy peanut butter to assist maintain the bars collectively (and for the yummy PB taste). Use the code ‘AMBITIOUS15’ for 15% off my favourite model, Wild Mates!
  • Maple syrup: these cereal bars are naturally sweetened with some pure maple syrup.
  • Coconut oil: you’ll additionally want coconut oil to assist the bars solidify within the fridge.
  • Vanilla: a bit vanilla extract helps carry out the pure sweetness. Discover ways to make your personal at dwelling with this tutorial!
  • Cereal: we’re utilizing my absolute favourite Three Needs cereal as the bottom of those superb cereal bars! Be happy to decide on their cinnamon (my fav for this recipe), honey, cocoa, or unsweetened taste. The cereal is gluten free, grain free, and has 8g of protein and solely 3g of sugar per serving as a result of it’s constituted of chickpeas! Use the code ‘AMBITIOUSKITCHEN’ for 20% off your order.
  • For topping: I like topping these peanut butter cereal bars with darkish chocolate and a sprinkle of fancy sea salt. Use the code ‘AMBITIOUSKITCHEN’ for 20% off my favourite chocolate, Hu Kitchen!

mixing cereal into peanut butter cereal bars

Elective ingredient substitutions

Sure, these peanut butter cereal cups are straightforward to customise with what you may have available! Listed below are some easy ingredient subs I can advocate:

  • For the peanut butter: be at liberty to make use of an all pure cashew butter or almond butter as an alternative.
  • For the cereal: I haven’t examined it, however I believe common Cheerios or Rice Krispies would additionally work properly.
  • To maintain vegan: merely bear in mind to make use of a dairy free/vegan chocolate for the topping like Hu Kitchen.

pressing no bake cereal cups into a muffin tin

One of the best peanut butter cereal cups in 6 steps

  1. Prep the cereal. You’ll wish to chop up half of the Three Needs cereal into smaller items whereas leaving the remaining entire to create a pleasant texture for the bars. Add the cereal to a mixing bowl.
  2. Make the filling. Combine collectively the peanut butter, coconut oil & maple syrup over low warmth in a medium pot till it’s good and easy. Take away it from the warmth and stir within the vanilla.
  3. Combine the bottom. Pour the filling over the cereal in your mixing bowl and stir properly in order that the cereal is totally coated.
  4. Assemble the cups. Divide the cereal combination right into a muffin tin lined with muffin liners, then press it down with the again of a measuring cup so it’s good and compact.
  5. Add chocolate. Soften your chocolate within the microwave till it’s easy, then pour a small spoonful on prime of every of the cups, tilting the pan in order that the chocolate covers every cup.
  6. Freeze & devour. Lastly, place the cups within the freezer for a minimum of half-hour in order that they harden, then sprinkle with sea salt and revel in!

adding chocolate to healthy cereal bars

Can I make them into bars as an alternative of cups?

Certain! To make the peanut butter cereal cups into bars merely:

  1. Press the cereal combination into an 8×8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. Pour the melted everywhere in the bars and tilt the pan in order that it covers all the cereal.
  3. Freeze for a minimum of half-hour, sprinkle with sea salt, then slice into bars or squares and revel in!

peanut butter cereal cups on a marble board

Storing & freezing ideas

  1. Within the fridge: retailer these peanut butter cereal bars lined in a container or bag within the fridge for as much as 1 week. Once you’re able to eat them, simply allow them to come to room temp for about 5 minutes in order that they soften a bit.
  2. Within the freezer: place the wholesome cereal bars within the freezer for as much as 2 months in an hermetic container. I’d advocate separating the cups with parchment wax paper as properly. Once you’re able to eat them, allow them to thaw within the fridge after which carry them to room temp as described above.

two peanut butter cereal cups in a stack

Extra no bake snacks to attempt

Get all of my no bake snack recipes right here!

I hope you like these no bake peanut butter cereal bars! In the event you make them remember to depart a remark and a ranking so I understand how you preferred them. Get pleasure from, xo!

No Bake Excessive Protein Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

two healthy cereal cups in a stack

Scrumptious no bake excessive protein peanut butter cereal bars made with 6 easy components for the perfect wholesome snack or deal with! These wholesome cereal bars are gluten free and grain free due to Three Needs cereal and are simply vegan as properly. Good for kiddos and adults!


  • For the treats:
  • 1
    pure creamy peanut butter (we love Wild Mates!)
  • 1/3
    pure maple syrup
  • ¼
    virgin coconut oil
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • Pinch
    of salt (in case your peanut butter isn’t already salted)
  • 3
    Three Needs cereal** (taste of alternative, however I like cinnamon for this recipe!)
  • For the chocolate topping:
  • 3.5
    70% darkish chocolate bar, damaged up into items
  • To garnish:
  • Fancy sea salt, for sprinkling on prime


  1. Line a muffin tin with liners and spray with nonstick cooking spray to forestall sticking. I spray them as a precautionary measure simply so they arrive out simpler, however it’s not essential.

  2. Roughly chop 1 ½ cups of the Three Needs cereal and hold the remaining half of the cereal entire. Add to a big bowl.

  3. Place a medium pot over low warmth and add in peanut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup. Combine till easy and properly mixed till barely simmering on the perimeters. Take away from warmth and stir within the vanilla extract

  4. Add combination to the bowl with the cereal and stir till utterly coated. Pour into the ready muffin tins, filling about ⅔ of the way in which, and use the underside of a small measuring cup to flatten the highest so it’s even and compact. The extra compact it’s the higher!

  5. Subsequent make the chocolate topping by including chocolate to a microwave protected bowl. Microwave on excessive in 30 second intervals, stirring in-between, till chocolate is totally melted. It’s also possible to soften the chocolate in a small saucepan over very low warmth should you want.

  6. Pour a small spoonful of melted chocolate over every muffin cup and tilt your pan to unfold out the chocolate evenly. Place the pan within the freezer for half-hour for or till the bars are utterly cool and chocolate is hardened. Sprinkle cups with fancy sea salt, then take away from liners and revel in. Cups needs to be saved lined in an hermetic container within the freezer; they may rapidly soften at room temperature. Serves 12.

Recipe Notes

**These bars would seemingly work properly with different cereal equivalent to Cheerios (and undoubtedly rice krispies/brown rice krispies) however I haven’t examined them to make sure!

Be happy to make use of a pure almond or cashew butter on this recipe instead of the peanut butter.

See the complete put up for ideas, methods & extra methods to customise your cereal cups!


Servings: 12 servings

Serving measurement: 1 bar

Energy: 258kcal

Fats: 18.8g

Saturated fats: 7.5g

Carbohydrates: 18.8g

Fiber: 3.1g

Sugar: 10.5g

Protein: 7.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Bold Kitchen | Images by The Aware Hapa



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