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Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars are made without marshmallows and are perfect as a quick snack or light dessert anytime. You may even want one for breakfast!

no bake chocolate peanut butter cereal bars plated with milk glass

When the kids are on summer break, we go through food like crazy. It seems like I go shopping one day, and the next day, the fridge is empty!

So the other day, I picked up a few boxes of cereal on sale at the store — some healthy, some not so much. The kids don’t get the sugary stuff during the school year, but I thought we could make no bake cereal bars for snacks. I was planning to make chocolate peanut butter crispy bars, using the organic cereal I bought, but by the time I got around to it, the box of cereal was almost empty.

We ended up making Apple Jacks Marshmallow Bars that day, and I went out and picked up another box of the cocoa crispy rice cereal that night — except that I forgot to get some more marshmallows. So I used a mixture of honey and brown sugar in place of marshmallows, and the bars turned out just as good, if not better than the usual ones.

I’ve made similar treats before, so if you’re looking for other no bake cereal bars with out marshmallows, check these out:

no bake chocolate peanut butter cereal bars in pan

These chocolate peanut butter cereal bars are super easy.  All you do is melt the honey and brown sugar on the stove, and then you mix in the other ingredients and press them into a glass baking dish to firm up and cool off.

We also added a thin layer of chocolate chips over the bars and let this melt into an easy frosting. Then, we topped it off with some extra cereal for added crunch. These bars are delicious!

no bake chocolate peanut butter cereal bars stacked

How to Make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

By: Dee
Quick and easy no bake chocolate peanut butter cereal bars made without marshmallows are perfect for a snack, dessert or maybe even breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups crispy cocoa rice cereal
  • 1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
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  • In a large heavy bottom pot melt the honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until mixture begins to thicken and bubble. 
  • Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter and cinnamon until mixture is creamy and smooth
  • Stir in cereal, and mix until well coated
  • Spoon mixture into greased 9 X 13-inch pan, and top with chocolate chips, spreading evenly until chips are melted. Top with extra cereal, if desired, for added crunch
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, or until firm


These were made with organic cocoa crispy rice cereal, but a brand name, such as Rice Krispies would work, too. 


Calories: 310kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 78mg, Potassium: 228mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars - A quick and easy sweet treat made without marshmallows

These easy no bake chocolate peanut butter cereal bars are perfect for snacking, and I know they won’t last long here at all. Actually, you could probably get away with munching on them for breakfast. No judging here!

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  1. Jessica | The Novice Chef says:

    Love that these are no bake!

  2. Maryanne | the little epicurean says:

    Love this! Quick and easy way to get my chocolate peanut butter fix!

  3. Lauren @ Hall Nesting says:

    No bake dishes are my favorite during summertime

  4. Michelle says:

    Just looking at these, I know they would disappear fast in our house! Anything chocolate and peanut butter goes quickly!

  5. Catalina @ Peas & Peonies says:

    These cereal bars are great for my breakfast! I was looking for a recipe like this! Great!

  6. Delaney | Melanie Makes says:

    This is such a great afternoon snack!

  7. Jen says:

    We can never have enough snack options during the summer. These look so yummy!