Chocolate Cereal Bars

by Maggie on March 15, 2011

Craving chocolate, but it’s breakfast time?

I’ve got just the thing for you.

Personally, I like my chocolate to be dark. The darker the better. I think it’s because of the little chocolate buzz I get. Oh, and it helps to know that dark chocolate is a brain food!

These chocolate cereal bars are an easy, nutritious, and incredibly satisfying nut-free snack for your little ones who are headed to school. But they’re also great for you when you need a chocolate fix but want something that will get you to dinnertime. Or to lunchtime (because sometimes we need to start our day with chocolate).

Chocolate Cereal Bars

I love this recipe’s versatility (that and the intense chocolate flavor). All out of sunflower seeds? Use pumpkin seeds. Sensitive to gluten-free oats? Use quinoa flakes. Want to add some goji berries? Go for it!  So easy, just the way gluten-free living should be.

200 grams unsweetened chocolate (we use Cocoa Camino)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup brown rice syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 cups certified gluten-free oats (we use Cream Hill Estates)

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 1/2 cups quinoa puffs

1 1/2 cups millet puffs

Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment, or grease with lightly with oil (I use coconut oil).
Using a double boiler (or a glass bowl set on top of a pot of water), melt chocolate with coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in rice syrup, vanilla, and sea salt. Pour mixture into a large bowl. Add oats, sunflower seeds, quinoa puffs, and millet puffs. Stir until well combined and press into prepared pan.

Place in the fridge until cool. Cut and serve as craved needed, or cut into squares and wrap in plastic. Pop them in the freezer for future lunchboxes (or an emergency chocolate stash).

More no-bake chocolate treats from the blog-o-sphere:
Gluten-Free Easily’s Almond Chocolate Double Coconut No-Bake Cookies
Cook It Allergy Free’s Salty Chocolate Bites
Gluten-Free Gigi’s Dairy-Free Fudge
Diet, Dessert N Dogs’ Chocolate Almond Mousse

This recipe is linked to:
Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
Full-Plate Thursday
Gluten-Free Wednesdays

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley @ gfe March 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Now don’t those look divine! I’ll certainly take one for breakfast, Maggie. 🙂 I’m all about bars and treats that are flexible when it comes to ingredients and tastes. Thanks so much for sharing my link, too!



Maggie March 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Hi Shirley – I will send you one for breakfast 🙂


glutenfreeforgood March 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I like my chocolate dark, too and these little gems look wonderful. I love the idea of oats and chocolate. Sounds like a good way to start the day! Thanks!


Maggie March 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hey Melissa – Oats and chocolate is a delightful little combo! I have actually started my day with these, and what a day it was 🙂


Kim - Cook It Allergy Free March 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Maggie, these look unbelievable! I love my chocolate totally dark too!! Where do you get the quinoa puffs? I have quinoa, quinoa flour, and quinoa flakes but I have yet to find any puffs in our stores. I would LOVE those. Can think of a ton of things I would add them to!
THank you so much for sharing my link, too!! 😉
AND, holy moly girlfriend, your photos are beautiful!!


Maggie March 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thanks Kim! I get the quinoa puffs at my health food store. I think I jumped for joy when I saw them! They’re made by GoGo Quinoa.


Zoe March 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Wow, Maggie, your photos look great! 🙂


Maggie March 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thank you Zoe. They were actually pretty fun to photograph!


Jeanine March 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

Beautiful pics, Maggie! Those bars remind me of the puffed wheat cake I used to make (always added cocoa) except these are healthy, and for breakfast too! Win, win! I’m with Kim though, where do you find quinoa puffs?


Maggie March 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Thanks Jeanine – Here’s the link to the brand of quinoa puffs I use. Such a good find!


Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc March 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

I like my chocolate dark too! These chocolate cereal bars look awesome! I really like how all the ingredients used here are healthy. Healthy = more excuse to indulge?


Maggie March 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Hi Kayla – It seems everyone prefers dark chocolate! That makes me so happy. Healthy = definitely more excuse to indulge!


Sara March 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

Yummy! These remind me of those Kashi chocolate granola bars but no doubt, they are healthier!


Maggie March 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hey Walt – And now you can make them at home! I’ll have to look for Kashi chocolate granola bars so I can compare!


Alisa Cooks March 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Oh my gosh Maggie, these look amazing! With the brown rice syrup though, I’m thinking they aren’t too dark. I mean, I love dark chocolate, but I’m not a 90 to 100% kinda gal 🙂


Maggie March 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Alisa. They are pretty amazing 🙂 You’re right, they aren’t too dark, however I think I could stand a 90% for those times when I’m really craving chocolate! Yum!


Heather March 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Yummy Mags! These are on my weekend to-bake list! (or should I say NO-bake list…)


Maggie March 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

You guys will love them Heather!


Miz Helen March 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Oh Maggie Girl…I would have your Chocolate Cereal Bar for breakfast anytime. They just look awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!


Maggie March 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Miz Helen! I will come back soon, thank you for the invitation!


Annie March 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Perfect timing Maggie! I have a huge bag of mixed puffs left over from Quincy’s baby days (now that he’s a toddler he is totally over the plain puff thing) that I’ve been trying to use up. I’ve made a couple of attempts at similar type squares but I’ll definitely be trying these babies next. Thanks!


Maggie March 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hey Annie – So glad you’ll be trying these. I know you well, and I know you will love these babies. And so will your boy Mr. Q. xo


Ricki March 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

I must have missed these somehow over the past crazy week with my dad! They look phenomenal. And how I love my Cocoa Camino! 🙂


Maggie March 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

Thanks Ricki – I know how you love your cocoa camino. I LOVE that unsweetened bar.


Sophie March 24, 2011 at 3:05 am

Ooooh waxw, Maggie! These treats are so perfect for me!!

I think, I wouldn’t share it with my husband,…no way,…!!!

They look utterly delicious! 🙂


Maggie March 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

You’re cute Sophie! These are hard to share – so yummy AND wonderfully nutritious! I hope you love them, though I know you will 🙂


Alta March 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

Yes, I think these need to be made at our house ASAP!


Maggie March 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Yay Alta! Let me know what you think!


shakti June 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

maggie – this is fantastic – i have played around with the ingredients – adapted it slightly and use quinoa flakes and a mix of puffs – and will introduce it to some lovely ladies i am doing workshops for tomorrow night – it cuts so well and is so fantastic for kids – grown up chocolate crackles!! and can be nut free for all of the school nut allergy restrictions – i just found you again this morning – so happy to find your wonderful resource – THANKYOU xxx
blessings x


Maggie June 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

Hey Shakti – Thank you, I’m glad you like them! I love the sounds of your changes! I’m sure they’ll love them too, what lucky ladies 🙂


Stacie December 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

These look fantastic! Is there a way to make them without the brown rice syrup? I’m trying to reduce the sugars in my diet and would love to be able to eat this without thinking about the syrup! Do you think an almond butter would help these beauties stick together?


Maggie December 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

Thanks Stacie! I’ve never tried them without the brown rice syrup. I bet they’d be pretty yummy with the almond butter though. Maybe some apple sauce? The chocolate just might not be as yummy since it’s unsweetened. Let me know what kind of magic you work! Can’t wait!


Rita March 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’m new to your blog and have LOVED reading through most of your recipes over the past few days. These were the first thing I attempted to make. Miraculously, they fit into the allergy needs of both my 3 year old and my nursing 1 year old. They were SO GOOD. Thank you for sharing!!!!


Maggie March 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hi Rita! Thanks for letting us know – we loved them too 🙂


Heidi April 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm

These bars look delicious! Any ideas for a substitute for the coconut oil?- kids are allergic!


Maggie April 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

Thanks Heidi! The coconut oil does help the bars harden a little. What about Earth Balanced, or can your kids have butter?
Let me know and we’ll figure something out.


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