Easy White Chocolate Cereal Bars

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These white chocolate cereal dessert bars are the answer to your last minute party prayers. Only 5 pantry ingredients, they will be a hit recipe your family will love. #cereal #dessert #bars #holidayrecipes

A healthier version of rice krispies treats, these white chocolate cereal bars are crispy, sweet, and savory for the perfect dessert. Easy to make and very quick, these only contain five ingredients total!

Cereal seems to be one of those underrated ingredients that’s always lurking in your pantry, but you don’t really know what to do with it besides eat it for breakfast. I had this same dilemma after using several boxes of Chex and Cheerios to test a recipe for my upcoming cookbook. The lonely corn Chex box was shoved in the back of my pantry (taking up prime space, I might add).  Eventually I got frustrated enough to pull it out and try to put it to use. 

Stacked white chocolate cereal bars

If you’ve ever seen the Chef’s Table with Christina Tosi or had the pleasure of visiting Milk Bar in NYC, then you know how wonderful cereal can truly be. Many of Christina’s signature treats include some version of “cereal milk”, milk that’s been steeped in cereal which gives it that Saturday morning cartoon nostalgia. I didn’t quite have nostalgia or Milk Bar on my mind when I came up with these treats…I just really needed to use up some Chex and white chocolate. 

Allergy Friendly, Gluten Free Treats

What I ended up with truly reminds me of a decadent bowl of cereal. I’m tempted to say that these could even pass for breakfast – I mean, there’s maple syrup, cereal, and sunflower seed butter in there. One of the best factors is that these sweet treats have no nuts! Can’t you see this being the perfect dessert for a school function? 
I have two sunflower seed butters I like for this recipe – Trader Joe’s Sunflower Spread, which is lightly salted, and Sunbutter Organic. You can see more options in this post

Are you that person that forgot you have an office Christmas party and need something migraine safe that you can eat, but others can enjoy too? Here’s the answer to your prayers! I guarantee you already have most of the ingredients lurking somewhere in the back of your pantry anyway. 

Overhead shot of gluten free white chocolate cereal bars
5 from 4 votes
These white chocolate cereal dessert bars are the answer to your last minute party prayers. Only 5 pantry ingredients, they will be a hit recipe your family will love. #cereal #dessert #bars #holidayrecipes
No Bake White Chocolate Cereal Bars
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Chill Time
2 hrs
Total Time
10 mins
 

These quick and easy white chocolate cereal bars remind me of a Saturday morning cartoon breakfast. Crunchy, yet creamy, they're the perfect last minute recipe for any holiday party. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Keyword: Cereal, Dessert Bars, No Bake, White Chocolate
Servings: 12 bars
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cereal of your choice like rice or corn chex, cheerios, etc. slightly crushed * I used 2 cups of chex and 1 cup of cheerios
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate * If you want a thicker chocolate crust on top, you can add more
  • Optional: Pinch of salt and 1 tsp of cinnamon sprinkled on top
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper (up the sides). In a large pot, add honey and maple syrup. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Lower heat and add sunbutter until combined and creamy. Add a pinch of salt if your sunbutter isn't salted. Off the heat, add your cereal and stir to fully coat. 

  2. Spoon the cereal mixture into your 8x8 inch pan and press down slightly to set everything together. Place your white chocolate in a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted. Spread the white chocolate evenly on top. If you'd like, sprinkle 1 tsp of cinnamon on top of the white chocolate. 

  3. Refrigerate up to 2 hours or overnight for best results. To cut, lift the bars from the square pan by holding the parchment paper. With a large knife, slice large sections, then go back to slice smaller squares. Store and serve chilled. 

5 from 4 votes
These white chocolate cereal dessert bars are the answer to your last minute party prayers. Only 5 pantry ingredients, they will be a hit recipe your family will love. #cereal #dessert #bars #holidayrecipes
No Bake White Chocolate Cereal Bars
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Chill Time
2 hrs
Total Time
10 mins
 

These quick and easy white chocolate cereal bars remind me of a Saturday morning cartoon breakfast. Crunchy, yet creamy, they’re the perfect last minute recipe for any holiday party. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Keyword: Cereal, Dessert Bars, No Bake, White Chocolate
Servings: 12 bars
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cereal of your choice like rice or corn chex, cheerios, etc. slightly crushed * I used 2 cups of chex and 1 cup of cheerios
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate * If you want a thicker chocolate crust on top, you can add more
  • Optional: Pinch of salt and 1 tsp of cinnamon sprinkled on top
Instructions
  1. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper (up the sides). In a large pot, add honey and maple syrup. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Lower heat and add sunbutter until combined and creamy. Add a pinch of salt if your sunbutter isn’t salted. Off the heat, add your cereal and stir to fully coat. 

  2. Spoon the cereal mixture into your 8×8 inch pan and press down slightly to set everything together. Place your white chocolate in a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted. Spread the white chocolate evenly on top. If you’d like, sprinkle 1 tsp of cinnamon on top of the white chocolate. 

  3. Refrigerate up to 2 hours or overnight for best results. To cut, lift the bars from the square pan by holding the parchment paper. With a large knife, slice large sections, then go back to slice smaller squares. Store and serve chilled. 

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

6 comments

  1. Stacy

    5 stars
    These are sooo good and so easy and I eat them way y’all fast! Haha! I keep mine in the fridge.

    Reply

  2. Laura Garcia

    5 stars
    I have a huge sweet tooth and am so happy I found this recipe. I would make these bars even if I wasn’t on an elimination diet.

    Reply

  3. Sara

    5 stars
    These are really good! They are quick to make and include ingredients I always have in pantry.

    Reply

  4. Mickayla

    5 stars
    These are suuuuper good. I cut back the sweeteners by about half as I’m not a big fan of super sweet treats, and I thought they tasted perfect like that! But ended up without enough “sauce” to cover the cereal and make it all stick together well… Which is 100% my own fault. If you follow the recipe (and like your sweets) I’m sure it would turn out perfect in every sense 🙂 I also went heavy on cinnamon as I love it, what a great suggestion! Yum.

    Reply

  5. Anonymous

    On the topic of sweets…because that seems to be my biggest problem, what do you recommend for a quick fix? I used to rely on the most disgusting things for my sugar fix like sour patch and such lol. Sugars are obviously allowed on the diet but nothing seems to satisfy. Hopefully that subsides in time, but do you know of any like quick things I can just buy off the shelf with no preparation? Or should I just stop right there and not get my hopes up? Also, chewing gum. They all have crap in it. Any suggestions there either?

    Thank you

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      Simply gum in mint or ginger! I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, but sometimes I like a few pieces of white chocolate. Also chessman cookies are allowed! If you’re in the UK there’s a great carob bar called SuperTreats.

      Reply

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