Rice Cereal Energy Bars


We bike and hike several times a week and take these bars with us for a tasty boost of carbs and protein. Wrapped individually and frozen, they are easy to stuff in a pack on your way out the door.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
24 bars


  • ½ cup sesame seeds

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup chopped dates

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup dried apricots

  • ½ cup dried cherries

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 7 cups crisp rice cereal

  • 1 cup corn syrup

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups crunchy peanut butter

  • 1 cup powdered milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Combine the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring until fragrant and toasted. Salt lightly, and set aside to cool.

  2. Combine the dates, raisins, apricots, cherries, chocolate chips and the toasted seeds in the container of a food processor. Pulse to chop until small but not pasty. Transfer to a large bowl, and mix with oats and crisp rice cereal.

  3. In a small glass bowl, mix together the corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. Heat in the microwave until bubbly. Stir in the powdered milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the bowl of cereal and goodies, and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is evenly coated.

  4. Press the mixture into a greased 10x15 inch jellyroll pan using wet hands. Cut into squares, and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
14g Fat
47g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 341mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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