• No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars {Gluten-Free}

    January 5, 2016

    Good morning, friends!

    I have a seriously delicious post-workout snack for you, especially if you like peanut butter!


    You guys know that eating the right foods after a workout can speed your recovery and boost your energy for your next one, right? Well, peanut butter is a great choice as part of a nutritious, post-workout meal or snack. These No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars combine peanut butter with oats, Rice Chex cereal, and honey for a semi-sweet snack that you’ll thoroughly enjoy after (or before!) your next workout!

    gluten-free no-bake peanut butter cereal bars


    • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (I used Teddie)
    • 1/2 cup oats
    • 1 cup Rice Chex cereal
    • 1/4 cup honey <— works with maple syrup too!
    • 1/2 cup shelled peanuts
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla

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    1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. (It’s totally okay to break up the cereal while mixing!)
    2. Line a small pan with parchment paper and then use a spatula to spread out the mixture inside.
    3. Pop the pan in the freezer for 45-60 minutes.
    4. Remove pan from freezer and lift out parchment paper.
    5. On a cutting board, trim sides and cut into bars.
    6. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    gluten-free no-bake peanut butter bars

    Makes 4-6 bars, depending on how you cut them

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    { 36 comments… read them below or add one }

    Brynn January 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Almond butter all the way. These sound awesome and sound delicious. I love that you can customize based on what you have around!


    Karien @ Running the Race January 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Looks yum! Should be good with almond butter too?


    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    PB! And yes Teddie! Have a jar (super chunky) of Teddie in my fridge right now…and it never lasts long!


    Christen January 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

    These sound great and I’m definitely going to try them with maple syrup! My husband makes his own so we have a TON of it so I’m always looking for ways to use it (best problem to have!)


    Heather@hungryforbalance January 5, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Almond butter all the way, but these look delicious!


    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby January 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Teddy peanut butter must be an east coast thing? I’m tempted to order it just because you love it so much! I could totally use gluten free chex mix for my hubby, curious to know if you think adding a bit of protein powder would be good? Happy Tuesday!


    Tina January 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    It’s the BEST peanut butter I’ve ever tried! 🙂


    tara January 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

    @Tina: I agree, only PB I will buy!


    Melissa January 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Oooh I need to make these for sure! My daughter would love them too! Do you think they would be good with the honey nut chex too?


    Tina January 5, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Sure! That sound great!


    Lindsey January 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Thanks! I think if I left out the whole peanuts my 3 year old would even love these!


    Gaby January 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’m more of a peanut butter person but I love all types of nut butter. These bars look great. I’m always looking for more pre and post workout snack ideas and would love to try there.


    Sagan January 5, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Mmmm love this idea! I’d add a touch of cinnamon to this 🙂 Would be interesting to make it even more luxurious by using one of those fancy chocolate PBs, too… can’t wait to give this recipe a try!


    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday January 5, 2016 at 9:54 am

    These look awesome and so easy! I feel like they’d be awesome (if a little less healthy ) with some Cinnamon Chex, too!


    Tina January 5, 2016 at 10:05 am

    That sounds delicious!


    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious January 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Oh yum! I swear I could live off of peanut butter. It’s my biggest food investment. I’ll have to try these bars, but I’m not sure if chex mix is made gluten free.


    Anna January 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    @Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious:

    Most of chex cereal flavors are certified gluten free (not the wheat of course) so you can make your own chex mix 🙂


    Rachel (LittleChefBigAppetite) January 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

    OMG TINA. I need these in my life. Stat.


    Jessica January 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Putting these on my agenda for this afternoon, as a post “clean the whole darn house” treat! I feel totally alone in this, but I don’t really care for almond butter. It’s okay, but I prefer peanut butter by a thousand miles!


    Hilary January 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    These sound great! They would make an awesome pre workout snack too with the carbs and sugar!


    Blair January 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Oh, wow. I bet these are incredible! They probably taste as good as a candy bar! 🙂


    Sherelle January 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Yummy! I will be trying this recipe! I just started the 21 Day Fix, and I’m looking for new recipes to fit into my plan.


    Chelsea@TableForOne January 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Yum! I am a sucker for anything peanut butter. This looks like the perfect all-around snack and I love how simple they are to make.


    rachel January 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I love peanut butter – but not a big fan of peanuts. What would you reccomend subbing for the peanuts or could I just leave them out all together?


    Suzanne Poirier January 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I added chopped Almonds and Cashews, and it’s delicious! 🙂


    Tina January 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Yummmm! Great idea!!


    Suzanne Poirier January 6, 2016 at 7:45 am

    When I saw this post, I knew I had to make it right away. Love that it’s healthy, and I knew my kids would approve!! My 2 year old twins were eating straight from the bowl! Soooo good!


    Tina January 6, 2016 at 7:48 am

    That’s awesome to hear! So glad they liked them!


    Taylor January 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Yum!!! Can’t wait to try!! I love peanut butter and almond butter, but recently I’ve been eating a lot more peanut butter!


    Maria January 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

    peanut butter all the way. These look great! I’ll have to make them after my 21dsd is over!


    lynn @ the actor's diet January 10, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Peanut Butter, always and forever.


    Katie January 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Yum!!! Just made and added chocolate chips!! couldn’t resist!


    Tina January 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm



    Tanya January 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Tina. Long time reader and granola bar making novice. I tried making these and they didn’t stick together as well as yours did. Do you have suggestions for getting no-bake granola bars to stick together? Thanks!


    Tina January 27, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Oh no! Did you press the batter into the pan? That seems to help with them sticking together.


    Tanya January 27, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I probably didn’t press down hard enough. I’m going to make another batch this week and try that. They were still so tasty though! I added raisins to mine too! Thanks for all your recipes. I love them!


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