Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

I love energy bars, but most store-bought varieties are expensive and they don’t always taste great. I thought I could do better, so I came up with these no-bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars.

No-bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

How to Create a Lower-Cost Energy Bar

To keep this recipe cost-effective, I used store brand ingredients whenever possible. Here are some tips:

• I chose peanut butter because it’s the least expensive of nut butter. Chunky peanut butter provides extra crunch in this recipe. If you don’t have chunky peanut butter, use creamy and add 1/3 cup chopped peanuts.

• Honey is often less expensive than pure maple syrup, but it’s not vegan. Maple syrup works just as well as a sweetener and to hold the other ingredients together.

• Store-brand raisins supply sweetness without added sugar, and they are likely to be the least expensive dried fruit. (Learn how to cut back on sugar here.)

• If you substitute a higher-fiber whole grain ready-to-eat cereal for what I use in the recipe, the cost may go up, and it could increase the calorie count.

• Use certified gluten-free oats for a gluten-free bar.

Using parchment paper makes clean up a snap!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

These delicious bars supply 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, use 5 ingredients and take 5 minutes to put together! 
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter cereal bars
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 302kcal
Author ewardrd

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter Use no added sugar peanut butter, if desired.
  • 1/2 cup California raisins
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 cups quick oats, uncooked
  • 2 cups plain Cheerios, or store-brand equivalent

Instructions

  • Coat a 8″ x 8″ baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
    Combine all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
    Press the bar mixture evenly into the pan. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
    Cut into 12 squares. Keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 302 calories; 17 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat); 0 cholesterol; 191 milligrams sodium; 31 grams carbohydrate; 5 grams fiber; 10 grams protein.

    Need a chocolate fix? Toss 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips into the bar mixture. Using mini chips better distributes the chocolate flavor, so you use less and it costs less!

    Serving suggestion: Pair with eight ounces of dairy milk or a carton of Greek yogurt and a banana. You’ll get a serving each of fruit, dairy, and whole grains, as well as at least 20 grams of protein, the minimum amount of protein you should have at every meal.

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