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! Made with all natural sugar, a combination of honey and maple syrup, this is a cereal bar recipe you can feel less guilty about that’s also allergy friendly.
White Chocolate Cereal Bar Recipe
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.
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?
Are you that person that forgot you have an office Christmas party and need migraine diet dessert 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.
Cereal Bar Ingredients
For this white chocolate cereal bar recipe, I used a combination of chex mix and cheerios, but you can really mix and match your favorite cereals.
I used sunflower seed butter for this one, but pumpkin seed butter would work as well. If you’re not following a migraine diet or concerned about allergies, peanut butter is also fine to use.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.