No-Bake Cereal Bars Recipe
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No-Bake Cereal Bars Recipe

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With crisp rice cereal and peanut butter, these bars taste almost like candy. —Pauline Christiansen, Columbus, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:120 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 120 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 jar (40 ounces) chunky peanut butter
  • 6 cups Cheerios
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 95 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook and stir sugar and corn syrup until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add peanut butter; mix well. Stir in cereals. Spread quickly into two lightly greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans. Cut into bars while warm. Yield: about 10 dozen.
Originally published as No-Bake Cereal Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p109

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u4 User ID: 6325871 255076
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"Easy and fun to make. Very similar concept to rice crispy treats but with peanut butter. The peanut butter flavor stands out and not very sweet in taste as you would think. I cut the recipe in half to try and it is perfect for our family. I added chocolate chips just before pouring into the baking dish and is very yummy. I will certainly make again. Would be a great treat for church or school event. Very inexpensive to make too."

EmberGale14 User ID: 8913992 252728
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"I made these with my kids and they are so easy that the kids made them pretty much on their own. Yes, the recipe does call for a lot of sugar but the it's also a huge recipe. I halved it but you could easily do 1/3 or even 1/4 recipe. It would also be very easy to replace the sugar and corn syrup with something else (I've seen honey and molasses both suggested). All in all a good, delicious recipe that is easy to make."

chubbzbar User ID: 4175508 222246
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Easy and so good. My granddaughter loves to make these. We do make them gluten free using corn chex and rice chex. We also use 1/2 honey and 1/2 corn syrup. We have made the full recipe but we prefer to cut the recipe in half. It is surprising how many "reviewers" negatively criticize -- my mama always taught me if you can't say something nice keep your mouth shut."

ryan0705 User ID: 3574117 222237
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"First time I made them by the recipe ...Really good.

The second time I remembered I had a big jar of good
quality Amish made molasses. It looks and tastes
like a cross between honey & molasses... Supper good
stuff. So I used that instead of corn syrup & added a
teaspoon of vanilla. Wow... now I cant stop eating them.
Addicting! You could still mix honey and store bought
molasses. The blacker the molasses is use more honey
and less molasses then. Just keep it at 2 cups total.
I'd say it's healthier with honey an molasses too."

doylescott User ID: 7230721 222222
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Now you have done it. your NO BAKE CERAL BARS are so easy to make and dam good and easy to EAT. thank you for this rec .Doyle Scott."

laknecht User ID: 6624851 222219
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Way too much sugar!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 221891
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Great recipe that reminds me of something I ate in High School. And, Sue Zappa, thank you for your comment. I've been a TOH subscriber from the beginning too, and many of these recipes are still family favorites. My oldest daughter is a firefighter, and my youngest plays squash. I can vouch that none of these recipes have killed any of us yet. :) Some of these reviewers ought to have a sweet treat now and then, and maybe they won't be so grouchy. :) I wish we could thumbs up and thumbs down the various reviews."

4robsgirl User ID: 7852780 33134
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"I see all of the concerns over sugar and corn syrup. I too like to eat healthy. With that said, this recipe makes TEN DOZEN! When you break it down it's really not that much sugar with a quantity so high. They're delicious & can be made with natural peanut butter in addition to two healthy cereals. If you don't like all the sugar, make something else."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 74585
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"I'm annoyed with myself for the stupid typos I'd made! These bars are SCRUMPTIOUS! I meant to say I used 1 cup each light con syrup and granulated sugar, -1/2 to 1-3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, 3 cups each Cheerios and Crispix cereal. I used a lightly greased 13x9x2" baking pan and let the bars stand at room tempt. Then I cut them! Pauline, THANK YOU for this recipe! I'll be using it time and again! DELowenstein"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 62236
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"These bars are scrumpious! I halved the recipe using 1 cup each of light corn syrup,

ranulated sugar, 1-1/2 TO 1-3/4 cups CREAMY Peanut Butter, 3 cups each oCheerios and Crispix cereal! I sampled several f these bars as I was cutting them andthey're jst lke one of those peanut butter candy bars-so chewy and GOOD!
I used a lightly greased 13x9x2" baking pan! & let the bars stand at room temperature. Then I cut them! Pauline Christiansen, THANK YOU for this recipe!
I know I'll be using this recipe time and again! delowenstin"

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