6-Ingredient Cereal Bars

I’m excited to share a new cereal bar recipe that’s SO easy to make because of this fun new silicone mold I just got from Amazon (thanks to a tip from Sally with Real Mom Nutrition)! No more crumbly misshaped bars…these things come out super clean with very little effort. I was honestly surprised with how good they turned out the first time I used it!

However, if you don’t have one of these little molds, don’t you worry, you can still make them the “old” way in a parchment-lined baking dish. Either way, they are a big hit with my kids for after school snacks, breakfast (as they’re running out the door), and even as an addition to their school lunches! Also, if you don’t want to use peanut butter, you can definitely try subbing in sunflower seed butter. I haven’t experimented with it in this recipe yet myself, but I bet it would work (let me know in the comments)!

Are cereal bars healthy?

Well, that’s a good question, and the answer is that it depends! I always read the ingredients to decide if a packaged food is a healthy or REAL FOOD choice. I look for five or fewer whole ingredients, which means no refined sugars, (and those can be listed under a variety of different names, so you have to be careful).

When making foods yourself it doesn’t matter as much how many ingredients you use, but I do like how this recipe only calls for six ingredients….because that means it is super quick and easy to make! And, bonus, none of those ingredients are refined. :) I hope your kiddos enjoy them as much as mine do!

6-Ingredient Snack Bars on 100 Days of Real Food

6-Ingredient Cereal Bars

The perfect healthy on-the-go snack for breakfast, lunch, or after school activities, made with just 6 easy ingredients.
4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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Servings: 8 bars


  • 2 cups plain (small) shredded wheat cereal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit (I used chopped dried apricots and raisins)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


  • Add the cereal to a large bowl and partially crush with a biscuit cutter or potato masher to help break up the big chunks. Mix in the oats and dried fruit.
  • In a small pot, melt together the peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil over medium-low heat. Whisk with a fork until smooth.
  • Use a rubber spatula to stir the melted peanut butter mixture into the cereal mixture until well coated. Add the mixture to the silicone bar maker mold (or square baking dish lined with parchment paper). Mash down with the rubber spatula so that they are all flat on top.
  • Freeze for at least one hour to harden, separate (or cut into) bars, and store in the fridge separated with parchment or wax paper.


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
6-Ingredient Cereal Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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25 thoughts on “6-Ingredient Cereal Bars”

  1. Can you recommend how to make these gluten free….a proper substitution for wheat cereal would be very helpful!!

    1. While we haven’t tried making these GF, you could probably just leave the shredded cereal out, or use a puffed cereal. – Nicole

  2. 3 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly and put them in an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. After freezing them for the required time, I took them out of the pan and then tried cutting them up. They broke and crumbled very easily. I got a few good bars but saved the rest for granola. Very tasty , very delicious but can’t figure out why they did not hold together better.

  3. I used Nature’s Path organic Heritage Flakes for the cereal. My girls also will not eat raisins nor craisins. So, I substituted mini chocolate chips. I also used Nature’s Way Liquid Coconut Oil and there was no discernable coconut flavor in the bars!

  4. 5 stars
    I love these granola bars!! This is my favorite recipe from your website! I make them every Saturday and my family loves them. I have tried one batch with dried strawberries and another with raisins. Both were excellent! Your recipes do not disappoint! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I have made these twice and my teen boys have devoured them! They are not big coconut fans and the first time I used unrefined coconut oil and it was a little too strong for my one son. I made these again today with refined coconut oil and there was not even a hint of coconut flavor and they got a big 2 thumbs up from both teens. They are super easy and I will certainly be making them regularly!

  6. These are absolutely fabulous! Delicious, easy to make, and real food alternatives to a processed staple I reach for all too often as they as so handy to have around to feed kids. Please work on other varieties! I would love to have different ones, just like your various muffins are staple items in my freezer.

  7. I apologize for my ignorance: can you link the small wheat cereal you mention? Not sure I know what that is…
    Any ideas to make it gluten free?
    Thank you!

  8. Heidi Greentree-Best

    Looks delicious! Do they stick together after cutting or do they need to be kept frozen/refrigerated? Thank you!

    1. You can keep these in the refrigerater with parchment paper in between them so they don’t stick. – Nicole

  9. My kids’ school is nut free. Would I be able to use an alternative, like Sunflower butter? I prefer not to use soy butter either. Also, they’re not huge fans of raisins. Would substituting a few chocolate chips work, or would it melt with the heated ingredients…?

      1. I make cereal bars with similar ingredients and have used various Chex cereals and Honey Nut Cheerios (both gluten free)

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