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Crunchy Flax Cereal Bars

I found this recipe on Recipezaar and with a few gluten-free tweaks, made a yummy new breakfast bar!

1 1/4 cups honey (I used 1 cup Agave Nectar but might reduce next time to 3/4 cup)

1 cup Peanut Butter (I used Natural Jif and added 1/4 cup whole flax seeds to it… this is really good as a crunchy peanut butter! Try it with Sunbutter too)

4 cups Grape Nuts (I used Perky’s Crunchy Flax cereal by Enjoy Life Foods)

1 cup Quick Oatmeal (I used GF oats.*If you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease, please click here to read more on oats from one of my previous posts)

1 cup Dried Cranberries (I omitted these because I love them by themselves, just not in my cereal or granola bars)

  • Line a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with parchment paper
  • In a large saucepan, combine honey (or agave nectar) and peanut butter over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients, mixing well and spread into prepared pan.
  • Use a piece of parchment paper to press into pan and flatten out (Be careful, the mixture is VERY hot!).
  • Put in refrigerator for about 30 minutes until cool and cut into bars.
  • I wrapped each of mine in wax paper which makes them a great grab-and-go breakfast!

I got this idea from a jar of Trader Joe's Crunchy Flax Peanut Butter. Natural peanut butter drives me nuts with the messy oil, etc., so I made my own version! 😀

Great peanut butter flavor!

ready to-go!


  1. I know what I am making this weekend

  2. You can make your own grapenuts at home or at least I did pre-gf and I don't see why it wouldn't work now. Take a loaf of bread that has a good flavor but is really too dense to enjoy (I had done a whole wheat loaf that was sweet but didn't really have any lift). Crumble it up into the right size crumbs (I used a food processor). Spread the crumbs on a cookie sheet and toast them until crunchy.

    That's it. So it is another use for the gf bread that has a good flavor but is too _____ to eat.


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