Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars (+ easy recipe)

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These no-bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars are wonderfully sweet, deliciously crunchy and so moist!

But beware: they are also quite addictive.

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Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

Besides being one of the most addictive snacks known to man, these babies are also incredibly easy to make.

Check the recipe ingredients, and you’ll see what I mean!

You will only need three things, and I’m sure you already have them in your pantry.

There is also no cooking necessary. Melt, mix, chill and boom! You have finished!

So if you’re looking for a surefire snack or a sweet treat your family will relish for days, these Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars are the answer.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheerio Bars with Honey

Like Rice Krispie candies, Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars are a heavenly mix of something sticky and sweet with a popular breakfast cereal.

In this case, you will need honey and peanut butter to hold the Cheerios together.

This trio creates a crunchy, gooey, sweet-salty treat that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dessert.

Or, if you are obsessed like me, you’ll probably snack on them at midnight when no one is watching.

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars Ingredients: Cheerios, peanut butter and honey

Ingredients

As mentioned, this recipe only requires three pantry staples:

  • Cheerios – All alternative brands work, but the simplest ones are the best. Anything flavored will affect the taste and may not pair well with honey and peanut butter.
    • That said, I tried the recipe with Plain Cheerios, Honey Nuts, and Multigrains, and they all turned out amazing.
  • Peanut Butter – For best results, use creamy peanut butter. All-natural peanut butter is too greasy and won’t firm up your granola bars.
  • Honey – Along with the sweetness, you’ll also need the stickiness of the honey to act as a glue to hold the Cheerios together. If you are vegan, use maple or agave syrup.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

1. Prepare the mold.

Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease with nonstick spray or butter.

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It is important to use this size of mold to obtain perfectly thick cereal bars.

While you’re at it, grease your hands and any tools you’ll be using to keep the honey from sticking.

2. Melt peanut butter and honey.

You can do this in a saucepan over the stove or in the microwave.

The two key things are heating the mixture over low heat and using a container large enough that you can generously toss the Cheerios into it.

3. Add the Cheerios to the peanut butter and honey mixture.

Add Cheerios and toss until well coated with peanut butter and honey.

4. Transfer mixture to prepared dish and refrigerate to set.

Pack cereal mixture tightly into pan and cover with plastic wrap or foil. Leave to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

5. Slice with a sharp serrated knife into squares. Serve and enjoy!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

Tips and tricks

  • Spray your hands, spatulas, measuring cups and baking dish with nonstick spray. This will prevent you and the tools you use from getting sticky from the honey.
  • In addition to covering the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, also spray it with oil. This will allow the granola bars to lift as soon as you are ready to slice.
  • Use room temperature peanut butter to melt it faster. And as mentioned, go for the smooth peanut butter.
  • Melt the honey and peanut butter over low heat. If you heat the mixture too quickly, it will burn.
    • You can also perform this step in the microwave. Put the bowl on for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until smooth.
  • Use a large saucepan or bowl so you can easily toss and coat the Cheerios in the peanut butter and honey mixture. If you’re using a small bowl, you’ll probably miss a few pieces of cereal.
  • For best results, use an 8×8 inch pan. Bigger than that, and you’ll get thin (though still tasty) bars.
  • Press the cereal mixture firmly into the pan, but not too much or it will crush the Cheerios. Instead, just use a spatula and gently press down until it’s level.
  • Use a silicone spatula. This will prevent the mixture from sticking.
  • Use a sharp serrated knife to make clean slices. If you use a chef’s knife, you risk breaking the squares.

Supplements and variants

Even with just three ingredients, these bars are one of the most delicious snacks I’ve ever had.

Want to make them even tastier? Easy! There are tons of addons and variations you can create to shake things up.

Experiment with these suggestions and let me know how yours turns out:

  • Chopped candies – Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s, crushed Heath bar, sprinkles, etc.
  • Melted chocolate or chocolate chips – dark, milk, white, butterscotch, peanut butter – take your pick.
  • Other breakfast cereals – Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Froot Loops, Cocoa Puffs, etc.
  • Mini Marshmallows – I like to use colored marshmallows.
  • Nuts and seeds – almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut or flax seeds.
  • Dried fruit – cherries, cranberries, blueberries – the list goes on.
Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars with a bite out of the corner

How to Store Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

Once they are fixed, store bars in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the fridge for a week.

If they come out of the refrigerator, let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

Can you freeze Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars?

For sure! Just wrap each individual bar carefully in plastic wrap and foil and place in the freezer.

Let them come to room temperature overnight before serving.

Frozen Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars keep well for up to 3 months.

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