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Healthy Cereal Bars

No-Bake Cereal Bars (using any leftover cereal!)

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 bars 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Units Scale
  • 1 cup runny unsweetened, unsalted creamy raw almond butter (or any nut or seed butter) [a new jar works best here]
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup [reduce slightly if your leftover cereal is heavily sweetened]
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or melted vegan butter)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 2 cups any cereal (I like to do a combination of O's and brown rice crisp cereal - I sometimes use quinoa puffs too)
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • optional nutrition boost: 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • optional chocolate drizzle: 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips, melted


  1. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond butter, maple syrup, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and well combined, about 1 minute. Next stir in the oats and the cereal until well combined.  Add the hemp seeds if using and stir well.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan, and use a spatula to flatten the top so it is even and well compact. For best results, place a new sheet of parchment paper overtop the bars and then use the bottom of a glass to press the mixture down.  The parchment paper will prevent the bars from sticking to the bottom of the glass.
  4. For the optional chocolate drizzle: To melt the chocolate, place the chocolate in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat for 1.5-2 minutes.  Stir well and drizzle the melted chocolate over the bars.
  5. Place pan in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Use a sharp knife to cut into 10 rectangular bars and serve.
  6. The cereal bars can be stored covered in the freezer for up to one month. The bars will soften slightly at room temperature within 15-20 minutes but should stay together. I prefer eating them straight out of the freezer.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Snack or Breakfast
  • Method: Freezer