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Homemade Cereal Protein Bars (Kid Friendly)

These homemade cereal protein bars are a perfect snack for adults and kids, packed with healthy ingredients that are naturally high in protein and other essential nutrients. They are low sugar gluten-free, dairy-free, making them a wholesome alternative to store-bought snacks.

The recipe was inspired by this Granola Recipe With Puffed Grains.

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Why These Bars are Great for Kids

These cereal protein bars are an excellent snack choice for kids because they are made with whole food ingredients that are naturally high in protein and other essential nutrients. They are also:

  • Healthier Ingredients: Made with organic puffed rice, puffed millet, and a variety of seeds and nuts (naturally rich in protein, and nutrient-dense).
  • Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free: Suitable for children with dietary restrictions, ensuring everyone can enjoy them.
  • Lower in Sugar: Using maple syrup as a natural sweetener keeps the sugar content lower than many commercial bars.
  • Protein-Packed: Pumpkin seeds, almonds, and flax meal add a significant protein boost, supporting kids’ growth and energy needs.

Related: Healthy Oat Carrot Cookies With Applesauce

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By preparing these cereal protein bars at home, parents can ensure their kids are enjoying a delicious, wholesome snack that is both satisfying and beneficial for their health.

cereal protein bars for kids and adults homemade healthy low sugar recipe

Homemade Cereal Protein Bars (Kid Friendly)

These homemade cereal protein bars are a delicious and nutritious snack option for kids and adults, featuring a blend of puffed cereal, seeds, and nuts, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and mini chocolate chips. These cereal protein bars are naturally lower in sugar than store-bought snack bars and also gluten-free, dairy-free. Each snack bar is packed with whole food ingredients, providing a significant protein boost and essential nutrients, making them perfect for kids' lunch boxes.
DIETS: Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 bars
Calories 171 kcal


Solid Ingredients

Liquid Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons coconut oil (or melted butter)
  • 7 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter (or roasted cashew butter )
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


Prepare the Wet Ingredients:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the coconut oil (or melted butter), maple syrup, peanut butter (or cashew butter), and vanilla extract.
  • Place this bowl into a larger bowl filled with hot water to gently melt the ingredients. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Mix the Dry Ingredients:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the puffed rice, puffed millet, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sliced almonds, flax meal, and small chocolate chips. Mix thoroughly to ensure even distribution of all ingredients.

Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:

  • Pour the melted wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the dry ingredients are fully coated with the wet mixture.

Form the Bars:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture onto the sheet and spread it out evenly.
  • Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and press down firmly to compact the mixture. Use another sheet pan on top to press down if you need. This ensures the cereal protein bars will hold together well.

Bake the Bars:

  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Bake the bars for 20 minutes until they are lightly golden and set.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheet.

Cut and Serve:

  • Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut the mixture into bars or squares.
  • Store the bars in an airtight container to keep them fresh.


Serving: 1barCalories: 171kcalProtein: 8g
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