How to Make No-Bake Sweet and Salty Cereal Bars


Baking with kids can be a blast, but who wants to hover over a stove in the summer? Enter: no-bake sweet and salty cereal bars. These are an easy after-school snack that guarantees to keep sweet teeth satisfied. Find the full recipe below.


  • 4 cups Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup M&M's™
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks, broken 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter 


Line interior of 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray parchment paper with cooking spray. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal, peanuts, M&M's™ and pretzels, and set aside. In a microwavable bowl, heat brown sugar, corn syrup and butter uncovered on high for two to three minutes, while stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture is boiling. Microwave an additional one minute allowing the mixture to reach a boil again and slightly thicken. Let stand for three minutes, until slightly cool. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until the mixture is evenly coated. 

Using the back of a wooden spoon, press the mixture firmly in a pan. Refrigerate for approximately one hour. Once firm, cut bars into four-by-four rows. Serve on Chinet® Classic White™ plates

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Recipe Source: Betty Crocker.