Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars

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This healthy no bake cereal bar recipe is fantastic for when fun breakfasts are required to feed fussy eaters. They were imagined by Arman, the author of The Big Man’s World recipe blog, as a means of using up leftover cereal. As a result, these healthy breakfast bars are an excellent way of cleaning out your pantry as well. Of course, whether this bar recipe is healthy or not is dependent upon the variety of cereal used, and sugary varieties will not be the best choice. Arman used a gluten and dairy-free O-shaped cereal so that his version would be accessible to numerous diets. Whether you are looking for a fun breakfast idea to appeal to picky kids or a healthy on-the-go breakfast option, this cereal bar recipe is for you.

Unlike many varieties of breakfast bars, these bars don’t require any baking or cooking of sugary syrup. Instead, the refrigerator is relied on to set these cereal bars enough to cut them cleanly. Arman relies on a combination of natural sweeteners in his bar recipe, like maple syrup, to bind the cereal bars and add sweetness. Recently, refined sugars have been getting a bad reputation due to their link with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. In turn, natural sweeteners are becoming popular because they offer some nutrition besides just being sweet. A natural sweetener like unpasteurized raw honey, for example, offers up a mixture of antioxidants, enzymes, potassium and vitamin B6, which are all necessary to a healthy diet. Honey can also aid with healthy digestion. Since honey shouldn’t be heated to maintain the highest number of nutrients, this cereal bar recipe is the perfect application for it. The pure maple syrup Arman uses is another perfect sweetener for these bars. Maple syrup contains manganese, potassium, calcium and more. It is also an excellent sweetener in cooking and baking because its nutrients won’t be degraded from heat.

If you require healthy snack recipes, don’t limit these cereal bars to breakfast alone. These cereal bars would be an excellent addition to school lunches for the kids, or the family can enjoy them as an after school/after work snack. This homemade breakfast bars recipe is even appropriate for dessert since they are sweet, crunchy, chewy and enjoyable. If you plan on using these cereal bars as a dessert rather than a morning meal, consider jazzing them up with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. The dark chocolate will make them feel extra fancy and satisfying, and add beneficial flavonoids to your family’s diet.

The best thing about this cereal bar recipe is that it can be adjusted according to the ingredients the home cook has on hand. In this case, the liquid sweetener can be anything from brown rice syrup to honey, while the nut butter used can be peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or more. The type of cereal used in this granola bar recipe isn’t set in stone either; any variety in the pantry is perfect. Thank you to Arman, the author of The Big Man’s World, for sharing his 3-ingredient bar recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars From The Big Man's World
Ingredients: Whole O's Cheerios, peanut butter, maple syrup.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 113, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 5.6g 9%, Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 76mg 3%, Potassium 128mg 4%, Carbohydrates 14.4g 5%, Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%, Sugars 8.6g, Protein 3.2g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 3%, Iron 15%

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