Make your own no-bake cereal bars & cut out the extra sugar


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Cereal bars sure come in handy, whether you’re an avid cyclist who needs a snack on the go or an overworked office drone who can’t run out for a quick snack but doesn’t want to starve to death. But in a country that's arguably addicted to sugar, finding a healthy option can be a bit tricky.

Well, get ready to have your cereal bars and eat them, too. Food blogger Lucy Dobson shared her recipe for no-bake cereal bars that cuts out all that sneaky sugar and makes for a healthy treat that won’t leave you feeling like you may as well have had a Krispy Kreme doughnut.



  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (or pulse whole oats in a food processor a bit)
  • 1 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)



Mix the oats, cereal and coconut in a large bowl and set aside. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat, and add the agave nectar, blackstrap molasses and salt. Stir everything together and let the mixture come to a boil for 2 minutes, watching so it doesn’t overflow.

Add the vanilla and peanut butter to the mixture and stir. Pour the mixture over the oats, cereal and coconut, making sure to coat them completely. When the mixture cools a bit, add the chocolate chips and press firmly into a lightly greased 9x13" pan. Make sure to put your elbows into it, too, because the bars will fall apart if you don’t press hard enough.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes then use a pizza wheel to cut the bars.


Makes 12 bars

Calories per serving (1 bar) 169
Calories from Fat per serving 94

Total Fat 11g
    saturated fat 6g
    trans fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 109mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
    Dietary fiber 2.5g
    Sugars 7g
Protein 3g

Lucy Dobson has tried her hand at many jobs, and is currently a stay-at-home parent — her best job yet. She spends most of her days dreaming up tasty and healthy baked treats for her avid cyclist husband and active toddler, who both love to eat.