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No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars, anyone?

A lot of cereal bars get eaten in our house. I would rather my little ones ate nice snacks and not some additive bar with a bit of cereal in it, which is why I used to buy organic children’s bars (looking at their price, you would think they have gold leaf in them!). Not only were they expensive, but I also found them rather disgusting when I tried them. My children like them, but I would never choose to eat them, so I thought I would try to make our own cereal bars, using white chocolate and cranberries.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

I have been making these cranberry & white chocolate cereal bars with the children, changing something here, something here for the past nine months or so and we all love them.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

I finally got our white chocolate and cranberry cereal bar recipe absolutely perfect recently.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

Crevette has them in his lunchbox, Beanie eats them as a mid-afternoon afternoon treat, I have them with a cup of  tea, hubby takes them to work as a snack and we sometimes have them for dessert (why not, hey!).

 No Bake Cranberry and White Chocolate Cereal Bars are delicious

They are tasty and take minutes to put together.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

You can keep them at room temperature in a sealed container for a few days or freeze them for when you have nothing to put in a lunchbox (yours or the kids’).

No Bake Cranberry and White Chocolate Cereal Bars are Ideal for Lunchboxes

You can swap the white chocolate and cranberries for whatever you fancy. I tried a triple chocolate and marshmallow combination that was rather moreish!

No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars

Healthy, Gluten and Nut Free Cereal Bars
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (55g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (70g) light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups (200g) oats
  • 1 cup (30g) toasted rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup (50g) white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, honey, brown sugar and vanilla sugar over a medium heat. When it starts bubbling, reduce the heat and cook for three more minutes.
  2. In the meantime, mix the oats and rice cereal in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the contents of the saucepan over the dry ingredients, and mix well to ensure the oats and cereal are coated in the sticky mixture. Add the cranberries and stir. Leave to cool slightly for 5 minutes and add the white chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a 22 x 17cm (8.5x6.5 inches) rectangular dish and press down so it all sticks together (thickness of about 2cm, or ¾ in).
  5. Cover and leave to cool at room temperature for two hours before cutting into bars. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

If your cereal bars are coming apart as you are cutting them, try pressing them down a bit more, and leaving them in the fridge for 20 minutes (do not leave them in there any longer or they will be rock hard!).

Just a short video with Emily from ‘A Mummy Too’ to recap it all:

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These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

41 Comments

  1. Andrea
    19/01/2014 / 6:45 pm

    These look great Mel. The Darling husband attempted to make granola for work recently; these look far easier and scrum my too!
    Just thought I’d let you know that the picture showing on recipe of the week is for my Fishcakes, I don’t think they look as tasty as your bars so you may want to change them!;)

    • Mel
      Author
      20/01/2014 / 10:45 pm

      Hi Andrea,
      Thanks a lot. They are scrumptious! I am not sure what you mean about the picture showing on recipe of the week. I have just had a look, and it is mine. Mel

  2. Mummy of Two
    19/01/2014 / 9:05 pm

    These sound great. My children love cereal bars but you are never really sure what is in them are you. Will have to give these a try.

    • Mel
      Author
      20/01/2014 / 11:07 pm

      The only problem with those is they are so delicious you tend to eat half of the batch yourself. I actually probably had closer to three-quarters this time, but I had to check the recipe was worth sharing, didn’t I? Mel

  3. Jenny @ The Brick Castle
    19/01/2014 / 10:01 pm

    These are a great snack to take out and your recipe looks lovely – I love the vanilla sugar addition!

    • Mel
      Author
      20/01/2014 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks Jenny. The last batch (from Saturday afternoon) was almost devoured before anyone had the chance to have them in their lunchbox! I still managed to salvage one piece for my little man’s lunch, and a tiny one for me! Mel

  4. sarahhillwheeler
    20/01/2014 / 7:53 pm

    I’ve been looking for an easy to make cereal bar recipe and will give yours a go….substituting something for the white chocolate (broken toblerone if I’m feeling indulgent)! Looks very moreish and love the idea you can freeze them. Dropping in from #recipeoftheweek.

    • Mel
      Author
      20/01/2014 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks a lot Sarah. I am sure you will love them. The Toblerone addition sounds very appealing! Let me know what you thought after making them. Mel

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita
    21/01/2014 / 12:35 pm

    Anything no-bake is right up my alley, and these look absolutely delicious!

    • Mel
      Author
      21/01/2014 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks for commenting, they are truly scrumptious! Mel

  6. Julie
    21/01/2014 / 5:48 pm

    These cereal bars look totally delicious, this is definitely a recipe I would like to make.

    • Mel
      Author
      22/01/2014 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks a lot, Julie, let me know what you thought after trying them! Mel

    • Mel
      Author
      22/01/2014 / 4:22 pm

      Hi there,
      Thanks a lot. I do try to take nice photos. I find that blogging is actually a great incentive to take pretty pictures I actually enjoy looking at. I was actually thinking of a new version for Jumpy with no dairy. My plan was to try with Pure Soya and dark chocolate instead of white, but I will look into Stork margarine now you have mentioned it, cheers! I might post the “even more free from” recipe in the next few weeks. Mel

    • Mel
      Author
      22/01/2014 / 4:23 pm

      Hi Vicky,
      Thanks a lot, you are always so kind! I thought it would be a bit cheeky to link up to three Linkys… X Mel

      • 22/01/2014 / 4:32 pm

        Not at all, up to you how many you want to link to and you can add as many entries as you like!

        • Mel
          Author
          22/01/2014 / 4:33 pm

          OK, I do not feel so bad now, will link up. Mel

          • Mel
            Author
            22/01/2014 / 4:39 pm

            🙂

  7. Caroline (BecomingaSAHM)
    21/01/2014 / 6:32 pm

    Wow these look delicious and so easy! I think they’ll be a great thing to make with my toddler, thanks for sharing! #recipeoftheweek

    • Mel
      Author
      22/01/2014 / 4:20 pm

      Hi Caroline,
      Your little one is going to love measuring the ingredients and doing the mixing with you! Enjoy! Mel

    • Mel
      Author
      22/01/2014 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Claire, I have had a look at your granola bars – they look scrumptious! No problem about adding your link! Mel

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