Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

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These classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars are our favorite no-bake treat! This is the recipe that my Mom made for us growing up and it is the BEST!

stack of cereal bars with chocolate and peanut butter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

My oldest son, Lincoln, and I are so much alike, it’s scary. He may look like his daddy, but obviously we spent way too much time together when he was young!

There really are too many to list all of them, but for instance:

  1. We have to wear socks. Hanging out in the house, sleeping, socks on, always!
  2. We don’t mind being alone. We can hang out all day in the house, rarely talk. In high contrast to my second son, who has to be entertained or at least talk to you 98% of the time much like Big Daddy.
  3. We’re kind of shy. I’ve grown out of my shyness somewhat, but I still struggle sometimes. Lincoln totally doesn’t like random strangers. My second son and my husband have never met a stranger!
  4. We both chose peanut butter to take with us to the deserted island. Yeah, I don’t know, we do these ‘what if’ games all the time!
  5. I could live off these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars. He could too!

When it came to making a dessert with peanut butter, I knew Lincoln would be all for helping!


 I’m thankful I started the boys early cooking with me. Lincoln has been helping me, literally, since he could stand. We made cookies back then. Now, he can do everything himself. He even grills!

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Blonde haired boy pouring Rice Krispies into a mixing bowl.

He first measures the cereal into a large bowl.

Young boy melting creamy peanut butter in a saucepan on the stove.

 Next, he added the corn syrup and sugar to the saucepan.
After cooking it until the sugar dissolved then added peanut butter.

Young blonde haired boy combining water and sugar in a saucepan.

 Stir the peanut butter until it’s combined with the sugar and syrup.

Young boy spreading peanut butter cereal bars mixture into a foil lined pan.

Mix the cereal and peanut butter mixture together then press into prepared pan.

Pouring melted chocolate over crispy cereal treats.

Melt chocolate and pour over bars while chocolate is hot.

Spreading melted chocolate into a pan of peanut butter rice cereal bars.

 Smooth the chocolate over the top with a spatula.

Young boy using a large knife to cut homemade peanut butter bars.

If you love these cereal bars, I have other peanut butter desserts you can make, too! Everyone loves my recipes for Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Cookies, and I have the BEST Peanut Butter Fudge recipe!

Stack of three crispy peanut butter cereal bars topped with chocolate.


Ryder couldn’t stand it any longer, he had to get in on the action!

After allowing the chocolate to cool and harden, cut the bars.

Go here for  tips on how to melt chocolate

chocolate peanut butter cereal bars on a round white plate.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Peanut butter and cereal are topped with chocolate in these popular snack bars.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 2 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cup rice cereal
  • 8 oz milk chocolate melting chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening


  • Prepare 8×11 pan by lining with aluminum foil. Spray foil with non-stick spray.
  • Stir syrup and sugar in medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly approximately 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until well combined. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal in a large bowl. Mix well. Pour in to prepared pan. Press down until top is smooth and even.
  • Melt chocolate and shortening and stir until smooth. Pour over cereal bars and quickly spread until thin. Allow chocolate to harden about 30 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.


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Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg
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