Last Updated on May 29, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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Looking for Cheerios cereal bars recipes that are gluten-free? Making Cheerios bars is one of my favorite back to school memories. Of course, the kids are grown up now. And, the only ones that eat treats in the house right now are my husband and me. But, this Cheerios bar recipe is still just as delicious.
Cheerios Cereal Bars
There are lots of different Cheerios cereal bars recipes out there right now. Most are held together with marshmallows, peanut butter, or corn syrup. You can use almost any variety of Cheerios you want in them whether that’s the plain, multi-grain, honey-nut or peanut butter. If you want chocolate Cheerios recipes, you can use the chocolate variety if you have them at your store. You can easily change them to suit your own preferences.
These Cheerios cereal bars are made in a 7×11 pan that is lined with parchment paper. That’s a very important step so that the bars don’t stick to the pan. If you prefer not to use parchment paper or wax paper, be sure that you liberally grease the pan with butter to prevent sticking.
Are Cheerios gluten-free?
Yes, Cheerios posted on their website that they had removed all traces of possible gluten from their plain Cheerios. So, if you need a gluten-free base for these Cheerios cereal bars, use the original yellow box Cheerios. The flavored types of Cheerios may not be gluten-free. You will need to check out their website for the most current information.
What other cereal can I use?
Of course, you can use other types of cereal besides Cheerios if that’s what you have on hand. Here are some Kix treats you might want to try. Crispy rice cereal works great as do corn flakes and crispy corn puffs. You can use the store brand too if you want to save a few dollars. And, this Cheerios cereal bars recipe works just as well with stale cereal. Don’t throw it out. It isn’t noticeable in the bars.
If you want a Cheerios bar without peanut butter or a cereal bar recipe without marshmallows, I have been making this one for years. Otherwise, scroll down for the version with peanut butter, marshmallow, and butterscotch chips that’s topped with chocolate.
Cheerios No-Bake Treats
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
Heat the corn syrup in a large saucepan until boiling and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips until melted. Add Cheerios and stir until well coated. Press mixture into a buttered 8-inch square pan. Cool the Cheerios cereal bars completely and slice into 2-inch squares.
Salted Caramel Cheerios Bar Recipe
So, this recipe makes about twenty bars. You can cut the bars a bit smaller if you want to. The serving size is one bar so don’t go crazy on these. I know it’s hard. It takes about ten minutes to make these Cheerios cereal bars. Then they will need to sit for about twenty minutes before you cut them.
Tips for making this Cheerios bar recipe
- Use natural, no sugar, peanut butter for this recipe because it helps cut down on the sweetness of the bars.
- If there are nut allergies in the house, you can substitute a nut butter alternative such as Sunbutter.
- You can use any combination of chocolate chips you wish for the top or even blend chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
- Using the parchment paper makes it easy to lift the bars out of the pan and makes it easier to cut. You can use wax paper as well.
- You can use a 9×13 pan if you wish, the Cheerios cereal bars will just be thinner. That means you will get more individual bars with fewer calories in each.
So, if you’re looking for an after school treat for the kids or something for you and your husband to enjoy after dinner, one of these Cheerios bars recipes is the perfect solution. Just remember to keep them in the refrigerator if the weather is warm or the chocolate on top will melt. And, the bars will be a bit sticker than if you kept them cold. You can cut the Cheerios cereal bars ahead of time and store each in a plastic bag to make packing lunches a little bit easier.
Love bars recipes? Here are some healthy peanut butter banana bars you might like.
- ½ Cup Butter
- ½ Cup Peanut Butter
- 5 Cups Oat Cereal
- ½ Cup Butterscotch chips
- 2.5 Cups Marshmallows
- For Chocolate top
- 2/3 Cups Milk chocolate chips
- 1/3 Cups Dark chocolate chips
- ¼ Cup Butter
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- Melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat, then add peanut butter and butterscotch chips. Heat until peanut butter and butterscotch chips are melted.
- Add marshmallows and continue to heat and stir until marshmallows are melted and the mixture is well blended.
- Place oat cereal in a large bowl and then pour liquid mixture over top. Mix well with a wooden spoon, then press into a 7x11 pan lined with parchment paper. Press with the back of your spoon or your slightly dampened hand. Set aside.
- Place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 20-second intervals, removing bowl between intervals to stir. Chocolate is ready when it is smooth. You can also melt over a double boiler on the stove, or a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water.
- Working quickly, pour melted chocolate over the oat squares and smooth out with rubber spatula. Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes until chocolate is beginning to set, then remove and sprinkle with the kosher salt. Return to fridge and allow chocolate to fully set, then cut into squares.
Use natural, no sugar, peanut butter for this recipe as it helps cut down on the sweetness of the bars, but it works well with any type of nut butter.
If there are nut allergies in the house, you can substitute with a nut butter alternative such as Sunbutter.
You can use any combination of chocolate chips you wish for the top or even blend chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
Using the parchment paper makes it easy to lift the bars out of the pan and makes it easier to cut.
You can use a 9x13 pan if you wish, the bars will just be thinner.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.