Gluten-Free Chocolate Chex Power Sticks Breakfast Bars

O.H. M.Y. G.O.S.H.

That is all any of us could say after we tried these, they are that yummy! Think Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Power Sticks, just lighter on the chocolate.

Luke nearly hyperventilated.

I have my very good friend Mary to thank for this recipe, a variation she came up with for her son, K.B. Mary and I were talking last night while she was making the regular Power Sticks but with Rice Chex because she is trying to remove corn from K.B.’s diet. She was also using Vance’s Darifree (potato milk powder) in place of the regular powdered milk. Apparently, this is a pretty good dairy-free milk substitute as K.B. has given it a 7 out of 10 and he has not exactly embraced most of his dietary changes. So I ordered some today for myself! Anyway, Mary, you ROCK for thinking this one up! :-)

Chocolate Chex has peanut flour in it, so if you have a peanut allergy, don’t waste your time looking for this particular flavor of Chex (in case you didn’t know this already) to use with Sunbutter. However, the texture of the crushed Chex cereal worked very well, so using Rice or Corn Chex with Sunbutter would be a great option!

Chocolate Chex Power Sticks Breakfast Bars

printable recipe

1/2 cup Peanut Butter (or Sunbutter if you use a peanut-free cereal)

3 Tbs. Honey (I used 1 1/2 Tbs. Agave Nectar this time… it worked out GREAT!)

2/3 cup Crushed Chocolate Chex cereal (or other gluten free cereal)

1/3 cup Nonfat Dry Milk Powder (or non-dairy powdered milk, Carol Fenster also recommends using almond flour in equal parts as a powdered milk substitute in her book, Cooking Free : 200 Flavorful Recipes for People with Food Allergies and Multiple Food Sensitivities)

  • Mix everything together in a bowl. Form into 6 sticks and wrap individually in wax paper.
    • I store mine in an airtight container in the freezer.

      I put the cereal in a bag then crushed with a rolling pin

      Form “sticks” (or other shape) and wrap individually in wax paper.

      I will be taking the weekend off. We are going to a wedding in Santa Fe tomorrow, where we will be “brown bagging it” to the reception, well, not really brown bagging it per se, but the caterer cannot accommodate our dietary restrictions so we will be getting take-out from the famous Coyote Cafe (See page 259 of the 4th edition of Triumph Dining’s The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide, an absolute must if you are new the the gluten-free diet. I have had all 4 versions and they just keep getting better and better!).

      Sunday, I will be suiting up to play “Farmer Jane.” Mike and I are tearing out the grass from half of our back yard to start our new adventure in gardening! We have long been interested in growing our own fruits and vegetables but have never been motivated beyond the “thinking of it” stage! After playing Farmville on Facebook for a few months now, we finally feel ready! Just kidding. ;-)

      Mike and I have been watching some compelling films like Food, Inc. and King Corn, as well as reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and researching the Slow Food Movement, and we feel it is time for us to take the next step. Not sure how it will work out, we have a combined Zero in the green thumb department between the two of us but Mike’s dad is on his way to becoming a Master Gardener, so we are planning on using his expertise quite a bit!

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      1. Andrea says:

        Thank you for sharing this recipe! We just tried it out and the kids LOVE it. My youngest (who is celiac) has always had issues at breakfast and our dietitian recommended allowing whatever she wants for breakfast… Weight has been an issue for her… This will work great since it ups the calorie count of just cereal. So excited. Your blog is great, the ideas are simple, kid friendly and not too involved. A true Godsend for celiac parents who are stressing out :) Thank you

      2. Andrea,

        I am so HAPPY that your kids like this recipe! As the mother of a young celiac child as well, I understand what you are going through. If you get a chance, check out my posts on "Happy Meals" and Goldfish Crackers. It is such a wonderful thing to see your child's eyes light up when they get to feel like just like their buddies, if even for a moment. Somehow it seems that if our kiddos can have similar foods as their peers, it makes the GF "diet" easier to stick to. Heck, as a celiac myself, knowing that if I really want something from the gluten world, I can have my own nearly identical version if I really want it bad enough to make it myself. It has helped me embrace and love my necessary lifestyle!

        I wish you all the very best Andrea, let me know if I can help you with anything!


      3. Naomi says:

        stumbled on this through a search for gluten-free breakfast bar recipes. I made it w/ a couple tweaks to suit what I had on hand – including using the Vance's Dari-free powder and a chocolate pb that no one was eating. My 7-yr-old loves them & her friends (non-gf) all want the recipe so their moms can make them. There was some comment about their appearance. ( I have to admit when I was shaping them I flattened them into squares to minimize the "log" look!) Question – I sort of guesstimated cereal amount to get the right "texture". Is the recipe calling for me to measure 2/3 cup cereal, then crush it, or to measure 2/3 c of crushed cereal? The first seemed a little light on the cereal so I added a bit more.

        • Julie says:

          Naomi has the same question I do. When the chex are measured are you measuring before crushing, or after? Need to know :o) the answer. Please!?!

      4. Debbie Voss says:

        i am going to hook you up with a link that will blow your mind about gardening….hope this works….

      5. Debbie Voss says:

        homegrown revolution~ youtube…sorry not very computer literate

      6. Does anyone know the calorie count for the Chex power sticks?

      7. AmandaonMaui says:

        These look brilliant. I might go for an organic brand of a similar cereal, but I like the idea of these a lot. I wonder if they're plane friendly…

        Good luck with your garden. We're just getting ours started too. We're doing a raised bed, but we did rip up the grass underneath. Unfortunately our soil is terrible (it's all clay! The builder of the home carved out the land!), but we had someone donate used potting soil to our cause.

      8. Laura Witlox says:

        Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!


      9. Maria S says:

        Oh my – the heck with the kids – these will be great for a "monthly" snack! I might roll them in mini-chips :-)

        Gardening just takes a bit of patience. Once you get it OUT of your head that you don't have the skills and spend a few weeks 'running outside to pick the salad' you will be hooked! I feed half the neighbors these days….

      10. Hope says:

        Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have been looking for a gluten free alternative to Clif Bars for my son. I just made these and he says they are better than Clif bars! So good. I flatten them out between wax paper and cut them straight to make more of a "bar". It made 6 nice sized bars. I think I may add mini chocolate chips and chunky peanut butter the next time. You really could do a lot of variations by using Sunbutter, almond butter, adding different nuts, or dried fruit to the basic recipe.

        • Hop:

          I'm so glad your son liked them! It's funny, I haven't made those bars since I made first the post and I forgot how "bad" they look! I need to take a new photo (with a new shape) but couldn't find any Chocolate Chex today, so I think I will do the Rice Chex with peanut butter (or SunButter) and then add a few chocolate chips.

          I agree, the possibilities are endless, here is the original recipe from Weight Watchers:

      11. Mary says:

        My daughter can't do peanuts but I'm thinking this would be good with the GF cinnamon Chex and nutella. Those are two of her favorites right now. I've have to give it a try.

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