Whole-Wheat Homemade Cereal Bars

I was excited to try a homemade cereal bar recipe. Bars sure are convenient, especially this time of year, but the packaged ones leave a lot to be desired. Just check out what is actually in one of these store-bought cereal bars below – no, thank you! These are definitely not ingredients I would cook with at home:

Ingredients in Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal Bars plus Homemade Cereal Bars Recipe on 100 Days of Real Food
Ingredients in a Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal Bar!!

But just because we want to keep it real doesn’t mean we have to miss out on this convenience food. We just need to make our own instead! And thank goodness it is super easy to do thanks to this recipe for Whole-Wheat Cereal Bars below. Enjoy!

Homemade Whole Wheat Cereal Bars on 100 Days of Real Food

Whole Wheat Cereal Bars on 100 Days of Real Food

Whole-Wheat Cereal Bars

Just because we want to keep it real doesn't mean we have to miss out on convenience food. It is super easy to make these Whole Wheat Cereal Bars.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 22 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
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Servings: 20 bars



  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a quarter sheet pan (9 x 13 inches) with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large ziplock bag, combine the cereal, nuts, spice, and salt. Crush with a meat tenderizer or your fist until the cereal is broken up into pieces. Pour into a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter and honey together and stir into the cereal mixture until well combined. Spread onto the baking sheet in one even layer and bake until it just starts to turn golden brown, 20 - 22 minutes.
  • Let cool completely then break into chunks and store in an airtight container for up to one week.


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Whole-Wheat Cereal Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 81mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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15 thoughts on “Whole-Wheat Homemade Cereal Bars”

  1. I followed the recipe but mine didn’t come out as bars. Just crumbles, and stuck to parchment paper. I put back in oven to warm up and to get unstuck, thought i could then cut into bars once it cooled. Still crumbles. It’s just tasty shredded wheat granola.

    1. Oh no, sorry to hear this. Did you make sure to pack it down real good on the pan and make sure to leave it be until fulling cooled? You can always try coconut oil instead of butter to see if this helps. – Nicole

  2. Delicious! I just made a batch of this. It goes together so quickly and it turned out so good! I cut it into bars with a pizza cutter before it totally cooled and hardened. They are so good to eat as a bar and it is heavenly crumbled on top of plain yogurt.

  3. This recipe would be great, minus the honey and butter, for a cereal! Milk and some cream maybe, over it. Sweeten to taste with stevia or drizzle honey or syrup on the bowl.

  4. Butter is very good for you, just like coconut oil. The best cream to make butter from comes from pastured cows of course. Or 100% grassfed if it doesnt say pastured.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. We’ve not attempted to substitute but you might be able to make it work with a puffed brown rice but it would be an experiment.

    1. I think it’s just a flavor thing so I think you can change it with dried fruit, chocolate, figs or whatever else you fancy; I also believe the process would be the same.

  5. Have you tried using coconut oil in place of some of the butter? Wondering if it would work just as well and a healthier option.

  6. ❤️ This recipe…my hometown holds the Black Walnut Festival and it’s coming up next month! I’ll be making this lovely recipe in honor of the festival.
    Thank you for fabulous recipes!!!

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