Honey Nut Cereal Bars

4.93 from 77 votes

Quick and easy to make these delicious honey nut cereal bars are a great tasty treat to have on hand. No bake and made with simple ingredients.

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These no bake cereal bars are a great snack for kids of all ages! Made with my kids’ favorite cereal, Cheerios, these honey nut bars are super simple to make and are a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Honey nut cereal bars cut up on a board with parchment paper under
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How to make honey nut cereal bars

  1. Add the coconut oil, honey and spices to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil, add lemon juice and let simmer.
  3. Place the Cheerios and nuts in a large bowl.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the cereal and nuts mixture and combine.
  5. Place the mixture into a parchment lined baking dish.
  6. Chill in the freezer until solid.
6 image collage to show how to make the recipe, by making the honey syrup and then drizzling over the cereal and nuts

Tips for making these cereal bars

  1. Substitute the cashews for any combination of nuts. Cashews are a perfect fit because they have a creamy quality. Pecans, peanuts, walnuts, or hazelnuts would also be great.
  2. Make them sweeter by using Honey Nut Cheerios. I feel that they are sweet enough as they are with the Cheerios, but it works great with the honey nut kind as well!
  3. Make the bars thinner by using a 9″ x 9″ baking pan. Otherwise, the 8″ x 8″ pan works great for having bars similar thickness to granola bars
  4. Apply gentle pressure when packing the mixture into the pan. You want to press down so they are packed, but if you press down too hard, it will break up the mixture.

Frequently asked questions

How long do they keep?

These bars will keep well for up to a week at room temperature when stored in an airtight container. You can extend the shelf life a little by keeping them refrigerated, but take them out 10 minutes before enjoying them so that they are nice and soft.

Can you freeze them?

To freeze the bars for up to two months, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag. You can defrost the bars individually at room temperature in around 30 minutes.

Can you make them vegan?

Yes, you can easily make these bars plant based by substituting the honey for maple syrup. They hold better together with the honey though.

Homemade easy honey nut cheerios bars

More bars to try:

These cereal bars are great for kids! Be sure to check out my other kids’ breakfast ideas!

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Honey Nut Cereal Bars

Quick and easy to make these delicious honey nut cereal bars are a great tasty treat to have on hand. No bake and made with simple ingredients.
4.9 from 77 votes
Servings 12 bars
Course Snack
Calories 173
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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  • 4 cups Cheerios cereal
  • ½ cup roasted unsalted cashews roughly chopped
  • ½ cup roasted unsalted almonds roughly chopped
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Grease and line an 8” x 8” baking pan with 2 sheets of parchment – crossed so they cover up all side of the pan.
  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine honey, coconut oil, and spices.
  • Bring to a boil over med-low heat. Add lemon juice and stir to blend. Keep at a low boil for 4 minutes without stirring. Then remove from heat and allow bubbling to settle.
  • Combine Cheerios and nuts in a large bowl.
  • Pour over the honey mixture. Stir to combine everything so all of the Cheerios are well coated.
  • Scrape mixture into prepared pan. Press down gently with the spatula to compress any air space out of the mixture. You can also place another piece of parchment on top and press down firmly to compress everything.
  • Chill bars in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before cutting into 10-12 bars.


Storage: Store at room temperature for up to 7 days or in freezer for up to 2 months. You may want to wrap them in a bit of parchment paper before putting them in a container so that they don’t stick together.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of coconut oil, you can use butter.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup, but the honey adheres better.


Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 90mg, Potassium: 130mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 231IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Snack

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  1. Michael says:

    Do you grease the pan, then line it with parchment paper? Why is this done?

    1. Yumna says:

      It helps the paper to stick, and also coats parts of the pan that might be exposed in the corners, etc. where the paper cannot reach.

  2. Elena says:

    Do you use cooking spray?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      I did not, but you could use it.

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