Peanut Butter Cereal Snack Bites

August 5, 2016
Peanut Butter Cereal Balls - A healthier snack bite that’s crunch and candy-like. They’re richer than a granola bar, rich, chocolatey, and not completely junky

Happy Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?

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We're going to have a busy one filled with road trips and new puppies(!)

First, we're heading south to Kansas City to pick up a new bed.  Certainly, we could have had it delivered, but I'm hopelessly impatient when it comes to such things.  Little Z will nap on the seat between us; we'll listen to books on tape, and eat some bbq while we're there.

After we get home, we'll turn around the next morning and make our way to the north-east corner of the state to pick up our puppies.  We can't wait to meet them

Anticipating their arrival, the past few weeks I've been in full nesting mode.

Everything is clean (we even tidied up the basement), and the cats have been lectured about being on their best behavior.  I've fretted over getting the perfect beds and toys for them, checked out puppy books from the library, and set up the kiddy pool in the back yard for them to splash in.

Admittedly, it feels a little bittersweet.  I know Wally would have loved to welcome them home

(Lots of pictures to come)

Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a good one(!)

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For the weekend, I thought it might be fun to share a few things that we've been loving this summer

Chinese Sky Lanterns (aka wishing lanterns):  Find a wide-open spot, light them, make a wish, and let them go.  It's fun and romantic to watch them float away

The most comfortable mattress I've ever slept on:  A king-size mattress that arrived on our doorstep in a box the size of an apartment fridge.  Not only is it comfortable, but if one of us gets out of bed in the middle of the night, the other can't even tell.

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If Ames hadn't hosted the World Series this summer, I never would have heard about Beep Baseball.  If you ever have a chance to volunteer or simply watch a game, you'll be really glad you did

Peanut Butter Cereal Balls - A healthier snack bite that’s crunch and candy-like. They’re richer than a granola bar, rich, chocolatey, and not completely junky

In want of a good raisin?  The water-walking women claim there's nothing better than Dole.  Although they've found themselves in a terrible quandary, they're nearly impossible to find in grocery stores and, “There's no way I'll pay five dollars for a bag online(!)”   Oh no, what's happened to the Dole Raisin?

I've mentioned it before, but with the new puppies coming thought I might again.  A year ago we switched our dogs to a raw food diet and haven't had a moment's worth of regret.  Within a few days, their coats were noticeably shiny and softer.  They're calmer, in a way that can only happen when your tummy is truly satisfied and full.  There's no more cleaning up in the back yard; their poop doesn't smell at all and completely disintegrates

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Our go-to Pandora stations this summer:  Zaz, Sonia Dada, Lyle Lovett, Acoustic Alchemy, and Jazz Guitar

Turkish towels:  We use them for everything, including throws on the sofa and pet beds.  There's one tucked in my pool bag and picnic basket.  They get softer with each washing and are dry in no time.

Peanut Butter Cereal Balls - A healthier snack bite that’s crunch and candy-like. They’re richer than a granola bar, rich, chocolatey, and not completely junky

The idea of an energy bite isn't new, but if you're someone who grabs a commercial bar regularly, and you're not already on board, these are worth a try as a homemade alternative.

I've been making them for a late afternoon snack to reach for when I'm sitting down to work, but they're also great for traveling (or summertime road trips).  They're loved by kids as well as adults.

The best part is that you're in control of the ingredients and they're a breeze to make.

That said, I deployed a few, small, but (I'll argue) significant personal preferences when I set out to make energy bites.  Most recipes tend toward coconut flakes and oats with a superfood like chia seeds added to the mix.

Certainly, they're great, but I was looking for a recipe idea to pass along to someone who didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and may not have all of the typical ingredients in their pantry.  Kashi cereal was something she always had

Peanut Butter Cereal Balls - A healthier snack bite that’s crunch and candy-like. They’re richer than a granola bar, rich, chocolatey, and not completely junky

Feel free to swap things up a bit; use whatever sweetener you prefer, add spices if you like, an alternative nut butter, or keep things simple and just go with this version

Enjoy!

ps:  You'll want to keep these in the fridge so they'll hold their shape

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~ Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen

Peanut Butter Cereal Snack Bites

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown rice syrup
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups Kashi GoLEAN cereal, or something similar
  • ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butterscotch chips
  • 3 oz dark chocolate
  • flaky sea salt, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, heat the brown rice syrup, peanut butter and coconut oil to combine.
  • Once warm, add the salt and cocoa powder and stir to mix.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter mixture with the cereal and stir to mix.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix again.
  • Line a small tray with parchment paper.
  • Rub your hands with a bit of coconut oil and form balls with about 2 Tbsp. of the cereal mixture until it is all gone. (They're delicate, be patient)
  • Line them up on the tray and chill the balls for 45 minutes to firm up. They are best stored chilled to hold shape.
  • Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  • When the balls are firm, drizzle the chocolate over the balls and sprinkle them with flaky sea salt.
  • Chill again for the chocolate to set
Serves: 20
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 155
Total Fat 7.8g
Saturated Fat 3.3g
Carbohydrates 19.8g
Fiber 2.2g
Sugars 11.6g
Protein 3.3g
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41 Comments

  • Reply Lori August 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    These look incredible! I get an urge to have something sweet after dinner sometimes and I think having these would be great. Thanks again x

  • Reply Preet August 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm


    These look incredibly delicious, cereal and peanut butter, what better and healthy can you ask for. They will be perfect for kids too, I would love to try these out. Love your presentation and pictures 🙂

  • Reply Ellie August 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    These cereal bars look like the perfect snack! I’m always on the lookout for healthier after-school snacks to make for my kiddos, and can’t wait to try these

  • Reply Stephanie Merry August 6, 2016 at 3:54 am

    These are fantastic! So easy. Loved in my house by 2-year-olds and 41 years olds alike. x

  • Reply Kara August 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Good luck with the new additions to your family. These peanut butter snacks look perfect for a lunchbox treat

  • Reply Karin August 7, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Whoo hoo!I am totally making these with homemade granola – tonight 🙂 Yum0! Thanks for sharing all your lovely adventures! xo

  • Reply Jenell August 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I can only wish about cleaning our basement. It started off so neat and three years later there’s just so much stuff down there. These treats look super yummy!

  • Reply Angela Milnes August 8, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Fantastic!! I’m so glad these are gluten free as they look absolutely scrumptious! Would be great with a dark chocolate dipping sauce 😉

  • Reply Lauren Ashley August 9, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Kashi cereals is some of my favorites. Right up there with granola. I’ve tried more expensive brands too (Carrefour coats their flakes in chocolate, too much). But I eat it with yogurt, to try and make up for not having Trader Joe’s ginger granola around. Oh Joe, I miss you. Is it bad that I miss an American grocery store when I live in France????

  • Reply Tiffany September 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm


    These are the snacks that I need in my life right now! They are easy to make, healthy and looks pretty good. I bet they’re tasty as well. Btw congrats on the puppies 😊

  • Reply Melanie October 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love your recipes, they just get better and they look scrummy 🙂 x

  • Reply Steph October 18, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I love reading your stories, you have such a thoughtful way of writing. These look delicious, and beautiful photographs as always <3

  • Reply Lottie November 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Sounds like you’ve got quite the busy schedule! These bites look super yummy I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Reply Candice Nikeia November 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I have made these several times, and with great success. A very easy recipe to make when running long errands or going on a short hike. xo

  • Reply Katie Kinsley January 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Mmm, those look like tasty little bites. I am a big fan of food that travels well and am prone to buying some sort of granola bar. Yum!

  • Reply Tania January 23, 2017 at 6:57 am

    These cereal balls look so yummy! I tried them at home on a weekend and it came out so good, I used to order online for desserts and snacks from 48 East where the desserts are amazing and these were something different I wanted to try

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus January 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Not only is the presentation of these cereal bites beyond gorgeous but I bet that it tastes amazing as well! Nom x

  • Reply Rhian Westbury February 1, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Seems like a busy time for you. These cereal snack sounds amazing as I am a huge peanut butter lover x

  • Reply Helen Costello February 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for such beautiful writing and photography. I’ve missed popping by ❤ OOh these look delicious! We are just getting into eating peanut butter but I’d also like to try these with almond butter too!

  • Reply Adriana March 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    oh this looks so yummy and I bet these are one of those treats that once you make them, you cant stop eating them!

  • Reply Elizabeth O April 25, 2017 at 11:37 am


    Ooh these cereal snack bites look gorgeous. I like how you posted the calories, fat, protein and carbs with the recipe they are a lovely healthy alternate breakfast idea. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Reply Emily April 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Ouu, these looks like such yummy snacks! I’m going to be on a long flight this Sunday, so I think I might make some of these to bring on the journey as a treat. 🙂

  • Reply Melanie May 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    OMG those look absolutely fabulous I must try this at home when the kids are at school I doubt I’d want to share!

  • Reply Dani May 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Yum! These would be great pre or post workout! 🙂

    Dani x

  • Reply Roger Willis July 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm


    Puppies! Our son and his family are patiently awaiting the arrival of their new fur baby! I’ve recently decided to tackle the daunting task of losing weight by walking and lifting weights. Your recipe sounds really delicious! I am a big fan of peanut butter!

  • Reply Mimi July 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    My son would tear these up. He would eat them as a snack but he would also pour milk over the top. I appreciate the easy recipe, he can make these on his own with a little supervision.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose July 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm


    These cereal bars look like the perfect snack! I’m always on the lookout for healthier after-school snacks to make for my kiddos, and can’t wait to give these a try. x

  • Reply Margarette July 16, 2017 at 12:08 am


    I love Kashi cereal and often make my own granola. Most often eaten straight from the bag – it’s perfect to bring in the car, to work, to the gym… a chocolate version in snack bite form is brilliant!

  • Reply Amy Dunn January 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm


    Just got completely lost in recipes on your site!! Peanut butter, butterscotch, cruncy cereal and chocolate: four of my favorite ingredients in the world! Together, how could they be anything but addictive?

  • Reply Ania February 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm


    I’ve made these several times and I have to say I absolutely love them. They’re a fantastic snack! Especially to curb cravings!

  • Reply Kristy Bullard February 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm


    These little cereal snacks will be perfect for snacking on a little road trip to Bavaria. It’s about time to restock, too! We’ve been eating regular cereal here for a week or two; there is less than a handful of the last batch in a little baggie in the cupboard. And with butterscotch and chocolate chips, they’re a nice alternative to all of your cookie recipes that have been tempting me lately!

  • Reply Mel March 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

    These cereal balls are so yummy! I tried them at home this weekend and they turned out great. I used to order online for desserts and snacks from 48 East where the desserts are amazing and this was something different I wanted to try. Thanks so much for yet another wonderful recipe. xx

  • Reply Lisa April 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Yum, these look so tasty and would be the perfect road trip snack. Well minus the chocolate. Congratulations on the new puppies.

  • Reply Mimi April 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm


    I LOVE this recipe. I used almond butter and raw cashews instead of the almonds and peanut butter because that’s what I had in my cupboard. I added some really good finishing salt that I use on everything I cook and it was just perfect. Also, I have a little flexi tablespoon that I scooped them out of the bowl, then all I had to do was push the ball directly onto the baking sheet and make the little fork impression.No rolling necessary! so fast! I’m taking all of them on a yoga retreat this week. Thanks!

  • Reply Bethany April 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm


    These look and sound gorgeous .. I’m so going to have to try them out, hopefully they come out as stunning as yours have.

  • Reply GiGi April 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    TALK ABOUT 1000000% addictive bites! Cereal + Peanut Butter, GAH! DROOOOOL! I wish I could eat both. I would down these in about negative 5 seconds.

  • Reply Tania April 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    These cereal bars look like the perfect snack! I’m always on the lookout for healthier after-school snacks to make for my kiddos, and can’t wait to try these.

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 18, 2018 at 5:24 am


    And look how those puppies have grown since then, I do hope one day that I am able to have some cats and dogs of my own! But on another note as someone who doesn’t usually eat breakfast the cereal bites would be a great way to start my day even if I am in a rush and on the go!

  • Reply Patricia April 18, 2018 at 10:27 am


    These are fantastic! Made a batch and I only got one! My kids ate the rest. I am going to make more and hide them!

  • Reply Pat April 18, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I love reading your stories, you have such a thoughtful way of writing. These look delicious, and beautiful photographs as always <3

  • Reply Cia Black April 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    The snacks sounds absolutely HEAVENLY. Thank you, once again, for supplying us with variations on total pantry staples. (Thank goodness I just stocked up with a couple boxes of Kashi Go Lean as well..)

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