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A pan of gluten free cereal bars with the middle piece sitting askew.

Gluten-Free Cereal Bars (Vegan Option)

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 to 12 bars 1x


Make these no-bake gluten-free cereal bars with just seven ingredients in under an hour for a better-for-you snack perfect for every occasion!


Units Scale
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup (170 g) creamy almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter
  • 2/3 cup (230 g) honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup (100 g) raw sugar (cane sugar) or sugar substitute
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 cups (170 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups gluten-free cereal (cereal made with a similar shape to Cheerios, Chex, or puffed rice work best)
  • Optional Mix-ins – cocoa powder, protein powder, freeze-dried fruit, dark chocolate chips


  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch (20 x 20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the nut butter, honey, and sugar. Heat the mixture until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Working quickly, use a silicone spatula to gently stir in the coconut and cereal. Mix until evenly coated with the nut butter mixture.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Gently press it down using a spatula or your hands. Place the baking pan in the fridge to chill the mixture for 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from the fridge and cut into bars. Store sliced bars in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 1 week or in the fridge for 2 weeks.


Storage Tips – Freeze these bars for up to 2 months by wrapping them in wax paper and putting them in an airtight container or plastic bag.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: snack
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 227
  • Sugar: 17.7 g
  • Sodium: 41.9 mg
  • Fat: 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg