No-Bake Cereal Bars Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups corn syrup
- 1 jar (40 ounces) chunky peanut butter
- 6 cups Cheerios
- 6 cups crisp rice cereal
- 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.
1 each: 95 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Reviews for No-Bake Cereal Bars
"Is this recipe right? A 40 oz. jar of peanut butter? That sounds pretty big...I'm not sure I even know where to get a 40 oz. jar of peanut butter! I used the usual 28 oz. size of peanut butter, and they turned out fine, everyone liked them. I used Rice Chex for the crisp rice cereal."
"I made these bars when my grand kids came over and like magic, they were gone..delicious, not too sweet and super easy to make..."
"These are so easy to make and taste yummy. I love them."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"First time I made them by the recipe ...Really good.The second time I remembered I had a big jar of goodquality Amish made molasses. It looks and tasteslike a cross between honey & molasses... Supper goodstuff. So I used that instead of corn syrup & added ateaspoon of vanilla. Wow... now I cant stop eating them.Addicting! You could still mix honey and store boughtmolasses. The blacker the molasses is use more honeyand less molasses then. Just keep it at 2 cups total.I'd say it's healthier with honey an molasses too."
"Way too much sugar!"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"It is simple and makes alot. It is great for the kids as an after school snack."
"I have made this recipe for years. It has had different names and a few changes in cereal, as one calls for special K, one for corn flakes, which is the one we always make, and ours is half of the ingredients. It is always a big hit with our family. The recipe I have with special K also calls for a topping of 1 cup of butterscotch chips and 1 cup of semi-sweet chips melted together and spread over the top of it. This is delicious also."
"These yummy bars are easy to make and a lot cheaper than buying pre-made ones at the store."
"I have been making a version of these bars for years using just the rice krispies & my recipe is about half of this one. But I top mine with 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips & 1 bag butterscotch chips melted together, it really makes these taste so yummy & they are a big hit at potlucks at gatherings. Oh, and for all of you complaining about fat & lazy children, those traits are taught by example of their parents!"
"I use alot of Taste of Home recipes including recipes for Farmers Market. I agree with others and have previously posted my comments that this website has some of the most negative & rude reviewers"
"I make a recipe like this, but it calls for Fritos corn chips. Tastes awesome. You will like it, if you try it, especially if you like sweet and salty!"
"When did Taste of Home start attracting so many "healthy eating freaks"? I've been a subscriber since it began in 1993 & my 6 kids have been raised eating these recipes. All of them are very healthy, active adults or teens now. If you're kids go outside & play, ride bikes, hike, swim, etc., you don't have to watch what they eat. They burn it all off! In fact, I've had to push my kids to eat more! You yuppie parents drive me nuts. And, yes, I'm a college grad & well-educated. But, I also believe in not letting my kids have computers & TVs, & allowing them to be active normal kids. The recipes on Taste of Home have been staples in our family for a long time. Great site & publications!"
"I've made these for years, my daughter who is now 37 yrs. old has to have them on our Christmas cookie plates. The only thing I do different is I use only rice cereal and I frost them with 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips and 1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips melted ( in the microwave) and stirred together until smooth. Spread over bars and swirl ."
"These bars a very good. I agree with the others, if you do not want the sugar or the corn syrup, then don't make them! You would think they asked you to eat both pans by yourself. I am sure these would be great for a family picnic or party. Thanks for another easy recipe to share with many."
"I've been making these for quite a while, except I call it candy. You can also half recipe and exchange the cheerios and rice krispees for 3 cups of plain corn flakes and use creamy peanut butter. Actually my family likes the cornflake version the best."
"Yes this recipe has alot of sugar but lets not forget it makes 2x as much as a normal recipe. I would use coconut sugar and honey!"
"If you don't like the amount of sugar then don't make the recipe. All those people that are concerned about the amount of sugar for their children - as a parent it is YOUR duty to limit the amount of sugar that your child intakes. They could eat one piece but not the whole pan."
"Comment to previous reviewer that had a problem with the amount of sugar in this recipe. If you think there is too much sugar then don't make it."
"You lost me with corn syrup as an ingredient; they would be like eating GMO candy."
"The amount of sugar in this recipe is terrible. And I am sure who ever makes these will give them to their children - wow very sad that you are putting up a recipe like this on your site."
"Lsamaniego - you can substitute the corn syrup with honey or agave syrup but I would reduce the sugar if you do."
"The picture is very deceiving as to portion size considering the yield is for 120 servings! With a whole jar of peanut butter, corn syrup and sugar the grams of fat and carbs listed in the nutritional info indicates that each serving must be extremely tiny, not as pictured. Sounds simple and delicious, but!"
"Why does the photo have Crispex cereal on the bars? Isn't crisp rice cereal the same as Rice Krispies?"
"I love how easy and wonderful these treats are! I didn't have the crisp rice cereal and therefore used cocoa crispies instead! Nice little change! I always cut the recipe in half and it works great. I did the math and half of a 40 oz. jar of peanut butter is 2 2/3 cup! Enjoy!!"
"Love how easy this recipe and how WONDERFUL"
"i loved this and i would not change a thing i am going to make it again for my moms 89 birthday dinner"
"would like to eliminate the corn syrup and substitute with apple sauce maybe? Other ideas anyone?"