Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars are the perfect kid-friendly after-school treat with cheerios, honey, peanut butter, and strawberry flavor.

No-bake cereal bars are always a fun and easy Dessert Recipe. For more versions try our Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars or Cheerio Cereal Bars

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Chewy, no-bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars give the same classic flavors as a homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The creamy peanut butter and honey mixture are the perfect blend of salty and sweet and do a great job coating the cheerio pieces. To get the fresh fruit flavor, the recipe calls for strawberry gummy candies. They give the perfect jelly taste and add some chewy texture to the recipe. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars are incredibly easy to make, with only 4 ingredients. There’s no cooking required, and all you have to do for the prep time is combine the ingredients and press them into a pan. Then make sure you give them a few hours to refrigerate before slicing them into squares.

The flavors of peanut butter and jelly are an iconic duo for lunch, so this makes a great treat to pack in your lunch cooler. However, you could also serve Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars at a party, potluck, or give them to your kids as an after-school snack. No-bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars always make a great, sweet pick-me-up any time of day. For another PB&J option, you could also make our Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

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KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Cheerios: This recipe is made with just 4 simple ingredients, but that means every single one of them is important. Firstly, the main structure of the bars comes from cheerios. They make the perfect dry cereal to build the other ingredients off of and make easy, crunchy, chewy bars. 
  • Peanut butter: Of course, creamy peanut butter is used to give the treat a rich, salty, peanut flavor. You can use any of your favorite peanut butter brands for this recipe. 
  • Honey: Honey is mixed with peanut butter. Not only does it add some sweetness, but it also makes a stickier peanut butter mix that helps keep the cereal pieces together. 
  • Strawberry: Finally, the strawberry gummies make the perfect complement to peanut butter and give this recipe an amazing PB&J flavor. 

TIPS

  • Cereal mixture: Add the peanut butter and honey to a large microwave-safe bowl. Then cover the bowl with a wet paper towel to stop the peanut butter mixture from drying out. Microwave for 1 minute, and then stir the cereal into the mix. Continue stirring until the cereal is coated in peanut butter. 
  • Assemble: Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Then add ⅓ of the cereal and peanut butter mix to the base of the prepared baking dish. Press the cereal mixture so it’s in an even layer, then add a few of the quartered strawberry jelly pieces. Repeat with two more layers of peanut butter mixture and jellies. 
  • Refrigerate: Cover the pan and put it in the fridge for about 2 hours before slicing and serving. 
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VARIATIONS

  • Chocolate chips: Instead of peanut butter and jelly, you could make peanut butter and chocolate bars. Simply, replace the layers of gummy candies with layers of semisweet chocolate chips. 
  • Peanut butter: If you want to add some crunch to the recipe you can use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy. You could also try using another type of nut butter like sunflower seed butter or almond butter. 
  • Honey substitutes: If you don’t have any honey, you can use maple syrup. You could also use brown sugar. However, since brown sugar isn’t a liquid, you’ll also want to add some water to the recipe. Mix in about ¼ cup water with the sugar and peanut butter mixture. That way the peanut butter mixture isn’t too dry. 
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HOW TO STORE

  • Serve: After you’ve given them time to chill Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars are best enjoyed at room temperature. Cover them in plastic wrap to keep them out for up to 4 days. 
  • Store: You can also cover the bars or transfer them to an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
  • Freeze: To keep the cereal bars longer cut them into squares and transfer them to a freezer bag with layers separated by parchment paper. That way they won’t freeze together and can stay good for up to 6 months. 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars are the perfect kid-friendly after-school treat with cheerios, honey, peanut butter and strawberry flavor.
Yield 18 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 6 cups Cheerios
  • 6 ounces strawberry gummy candies , quartered

Instructions

  • Mix the honey and peanut butter in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute covered in a bowl with a wet paper towel.
  • Whisk it together until fully combined then add it to the cereal.
  • Stir the cereal to coat completely.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking pan and add the first third of the batter then sprinkle on a few quartered jellies.
  • Repeat twice more.
  • Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before slicing into long thin rectangles.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg
Keyword: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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