Georgetown Bread Basket
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Breakfast Cereal Bars

Servings: 12 bars
Category: Breakfast, Snacks


  • 4 cups dry breakfast cereal (something not too sweet and preferably whole-grain for the most protein and fibre – but anything works!)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or alternative nut butter/spread)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (recommended) OR honey OR a simple syrup made by heating 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar in microwave for about 30 seconds/until fully dissolved 
  • 1/2 cup add-ins, if desired, such as raisins, chopped nuts, dark chocolate, coconut, trail mix, etc (not necessary – they are terrific plain!)


  • If using simple syrup instead of maple syrup/honey, begin with that step (see ingredients)
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish/pan with parchment paper
  • Measure out cereal into a large bowl
  • In saucepan, melt peanut butter over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  When melted, add maple syrup/honey/simple syrup and combine well.  Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool slightly
  • Pour mixture over cereal and add-ins (if using) and stir gently to combine without crushing cereal
  • Pour into lined pan and firmly press into place using water-dampened hands
  • Place in fridge for 30-60 mins to firm up, then slice into 12 bars and store tightly wrapped (at room temp for gooey bars, in fridge for firmer bars)