Finding healthy snacks that also taste good can sometimes be a challenge. But with these delicious Peanut Butter Cheerio bars have only 4 ingredients and you can eat a wholesome snack without worrying about added sugar. On top of being a simple, no-bake treat, these delicious Cheerio bars are so good, you won’t believe they’re healthy, too!
My favorite thing about these simple Cheerio bars is that you only need four ingredients to make them. And they’re such common ingredients, that you probably already have everything you need to make your own Cheerio bars in your kitchen right now. To make these easy cereal bars, you’ll need:
- Peanut butter
- Cheerios (original flavor in the yellow box)
- Chocolate chips
See – only four ingredients make up these easy bars. And there’s no baking required, which means even your kids can get in on the fun making this easy treat.
How to Make Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars
Making these no-bake treats is almost as simple as the list of ingredients needed to make them! To start, you’ll need to create a peanut butter sauce by combining the peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan. Heat the peanut butter and honey over medium-low heat until it begins to melt. Make sure to stir often to keep the peanut butter from sticking and the honey from burning.
When the sauce is smooth and well combined, remove it from the heat. Pour the Cheerios into a large bowl and drizzle the sauce over the top of the cereal. Carefully stir the sauce into the cereal, making sure not to stir too hard, which could crush the Cheerios.
After the cereal is well coated with peanut butter sauce, pour it into a small baking pan lined with parchment paper. To make it easy to remove your Cheerio bars from the pan after they’re set, I suggest leaving the edges of the parchment paper hanging over the edges of the pan. That way, when the bars are ready, you can just lift them from the pan with the edges of the paper as handles!
Continue pouring the cereal mixture into the pan, then spread it evenly over the pan. Use your fingers to push the cereal down into the pan until it begins to become firm.
Let the cereal mixture rest for a few minutes, giving the peanut butter sauce a chance to cool slightly, then sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Press the chocolate into the cereal bars to secure them in place.
Place the pan in the refrigerator to give the peanut butter sauce a chance to cool completely and set. When the sauce has hardened (usually around an hour after placing in the fridge), remove the pan from the refrigerator and cut it into bars before serving.
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- 3 cups original Cheerios
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by lining with parchment paper.
Place peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until peanut butter is melted and ingredients are well combined.
Pour cheerios into a large bowl and cover with peanut butter mixture.
Spread mixture evenly over a parchment paper-lined pan. Press the mixture into the pan until firm.
Allow cereal mixture to cool for 10 minutes, then top with chocolate chips. Press the chocolate chips into the mixture to secure the chips in place.
Place pan in the refrigerator and allow it to cool for at least one hour before serving.
Remove bars from pan by pulling the edges of the parchment paper. Set on a flat surface and use a sharp knife to cut into nine equal bars.
You .can prevent sticking by spraying Pam or a nonstick cooking spray on your fingers, a spoon or a spatula when working with honey!
Serve these bars as an easy afternoon snack for kids, or take them on a road trip for your family. They would also be a great quick on-the-go breakfast. You could also substitute another type of cereal for the cheerios as a different flavor for your bars. I hope you enjoy this recipe!