Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Cereal Bars with Popped Quinoa

These one bowl, chocolate peanut butter cereal bars only take 10-15 minutes of prep work and are stored in the freezer for easy snacking throughout the week. They’re delicious and incredibly easy to make! Plus gluten free, dairy free, no-bake, and full of chocolate + peanut butter flavour.

If you don’t have popped quinoa, you could probably substitute any other puffed cereal like rice or amaranth, but I haven’t tried it.

If you get a chance to try this, let me know by tagging it #peacemealxo on instagram!

Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Cereal Bars with Popped Quinoa
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These 15 minute cereal bars are easy to make and perfect to store in the freezer for times when your're craving something sweet.
Serves: 12-15 squares
  • ´-----The base------
  • ⅔ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt if your peanut butter isn't salted
  • 3 cups popped quinoa cereal (any puffed cereal would probably work)
  • -----The chocolate topping-----
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  1. Line a square or rectangular pan with parchment paper (I used a 9x13 pan)
  2. Make the base- In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, maple syrup, melted coconut oil and salt if using. Stir together with a fork until evenly mixed. Add popped quinoa and stir together until it's all coated.
  3. Spoon the mixture into your parchment lined pan, and press it down firmly so that it's flat and evenly spread in the pan.
  4. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, make the chocolate topping- Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once it has melted, add the maple syrup and stir. Then add cocoa powder and stir until evenly mixed. Slowy add the almond milk, a couple of tablespoons at a time, stirring in between. Immediately pour onto the quinoa mixture and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly so that the whole surface is covered.
  6. Store in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.
  7. Slice into bars or small squares, and store in a covered container in the freezer.