I’m finally getting this recipe on the blog – yay! I initially made a version of this without cereal and shared the recipe on my Instagram. I got so much feedback and people really loved how easy it was so I wanted to add it permanently on my blog. The initial recipe without cereal was so good but I wanted to try adding some crunch. My recipe is vegan, dairy-free, no bake and gluten free as I used gluten-free Chex cereal (made with rice) but you can use whatever cereal you prefer or even omit it. Granola would be a fun addition too.
If you’re like me and like to pre-prep recipes sometimes. I would suggest stopping right before the jam step and finishing the recipe off when you have the time to complete the bars. The crust can be pre-made a few days in advance but once you start the jam step, the bars need to set, be cut and stored in an airtight container as soon as possible to avoid the cereal going stale. Luckily the final steps don’t take very long.
I love these No Bake Cereal “PB & J” Chocolate Bars because they’re so versatile!! I’m huge on easy recipes that can be made with simple ingredients and ones have on hand. Use any jam (I prefer a tart berry to balance the sweetness) and any nut butter you prefer like peanut, almond, cashew or sunbutter or tahini for a nut-free option. These bars would even make a great dessert to get your kids to help with. Sticky, fun and hands on!
Ingredients you’ll need:
Honey or Maple Syrup (choose the latter to keep the recipe vegan)
Nut or Seed Butter of choice
Milk of choice
Jam of choice
Crushed Cereal (I used Chex Gluten-Free)
Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
To keep the recipe no bake, almond flour and coconut flour are the perfect texture in this recipe so I wouldn’t suggest replacing these. However, if you really don’t have coconut flour, you can add more almond flour. Coconut flour is drier than almond flour so it won’t be a 1:1 replacement. I would add a little at a time, until the mixture is firm enough.
I can’t wait for you to try this no bake dessert. The recipe is so easy, delicious and a healthy treat. Ready to try the recipe? Please tag me on social @balancingandie so I can see your lovely creations!