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Trying to get three kids aged 4 and under out the door in the mornings is no easy task. I try and be as organized as possible so that no time is wasted, and part of that means preparing breakfast in advance. I created these no-bake breakfast cereal bars as a grab-and-go option for the days when there’s just no time to sit around the table and have a leisurely meal. Best of all, the bars are full of nutrients and only contain 5 ingredients.
My kids love cereal, so I used some of their favorites as a base for these bars. I picked up boxes of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Frosted Flakes in the cereal aisle at Target, these particular cereals give the bars great texture and crunch.
These no-bake cereal bars only have 5 ingredients: Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, peanut butter, honey and your favorite dried fruit. I used a dried berry blend that my kids love.
The cereal and most of the dried fruit get combined in a bowl – you’ll want to save some of the fruit to decorate the tops of the bars. In the meantime, honey gets heated in the microwave and mixed with peanut butter. The peanut butter mixture gets poured into the bowl of cereal and fruit.
After the cereal and peanut butter mixture is thoroughly combined, everything gets pressed into a greased pan. This is where the reserved dried fruit comes in, decorate away!
The bars need to chill briefly so that they can firm up before you cut into them. I’d recommend chilling the bars for a minimum of 20 minutes. I like to make a batch of these bars the night before and leave them in the fridge so that I have a week’s worth of breakfasts at the ready. If you want to make them the same morning, just mix everything together first thing when you wake up, stick them in the fridge and the bars will be done when you’re ready to walk out the door. You can also make a big batch of cereal bars and put them individually wrapped into the freezer for future use.
These no-bake breakfast cereal bars are a great way to feed your family in a hurry. The peanut butter adds a nice dose of protein and healthy fat to keep everyone full all morning long and the cereal is full of vitamins and minerals, making this a breakfast choice you can feel good about giving your kids. These bars are not just for the kids, my husband also likes to grab one on his way to work.
Be sure to check out Kellogg’s Back to School packaging and great on-pack offers in store at Target! Specially marked packages of Kellogg’s cereals and Pop-Tarts toaster pastries contain game pieces where you can win some great prizes. Visit the Kellogg’s Family Rewards website for more information.
No-Bake Breakfast Cereal Bars
- 3 cups Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Cereal
- 2 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 3/4 cup of dried fruit divided use
- cooking spray
- Mix together the cereals and 1/2 cup of dried fruit in a large bowl.
- Place the honey in a medium bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir in the peanut butter into the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bowl of cereal and fruit, mix thoroughly until cereal is coated in the peanut butter mixture.
- Firmly press the cereal mixture into an 8 or 9 inch square pan that has been coated in cooking spray. Press the remaining 1/4 cup of dried fruit into the top of the cereal mixture.
- Place the pan in the fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes. Cut into bars and serve.
Make Ahead: The bars can be made up to 3 days in advance, store them in the fridge until you're ready to use them.
Freeze It: The bars can be stored, individually wrapped, in the freezer for up to 2 months.