A no bake cereal bar that is all things sticky, tasty, and the perfect treat to take with you on the road, or hiking, camping, even picnics. Check with your school’s policy about peanut butter before you send them to school however. This recipe came about shortly after my son was born and my desire to create treats vs buying them all the time. Plus I like to know my kids are putting healthy-er things into their bodies.
The first time I made this recipe it called for corn syrup and that’s how it went. Sticky nonetheless. This time I wanted to remove the corn syrup from the mix. Instead I tried cinnamon honey, with a splash of maple syrup and a second splash of regular squeeze bottle honey. While I’m not quite sure the honey keeps them together as well as the corn syrup did (it’s been about 6 years since I last made them), the feeling of knowing we are using natural, healthier choices, made everything ok. Or maybe we need to use less honey, definitely not more I reckon.
Recipe testing can sometimes take several goes before success. I’m sure a few more goes at this one will get it to perfection or close enough. In the meantime it comes together nicely, stays together for the most part after firming up in the refrigerator and tastes delicious.
Substitute any nut butter for the peanut butter and get the kids involved making them. Mine love helping to make these squares. I even let them pick one item out of the pantry to make their own version of these no bake cereal bars (like other dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, pepitas). Relatively healthy and I know what all the ingredients are that go into these bars.
They are sticky, gooey and might even fall apart as you eat them, but that’s part of the fun. Wet wipes in the truck go a long way if you are taking them to go.
- 1 cup cinnamon honey or 1 cup honey with 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter or nut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds shelled
- 3 cups shreddies
- Microwave honey and peanut butter together in dish on med high for 1-2 minutes. Stir until well blended.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over top dry ingredients and mix well until evenly coated.
- Spread into lightly greased 8 inch square baking pan or glass dish.
- Refrigerate for minimum 1 hour or until firm.