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Summer’s Most Versatile Treat of All Time

By Megan DeKok
Chex cereal + marshmallow + butter + a myriad of mix-in options = the no-bake treat (sorry, not sorry, hot oven) you’ve been waiting for.
the most versatile bake sale treat

If you think no-bake bars are boring, get a load of these tasty creations. Sweet, chewy, delicious and infinitely customizable, these one-pan treats have what it takes to please. Using Chex cereal (with an array of flavors) as the base lets you create a bar that’ll satisfy any craving. Use the following recipe as a base, then let your creativity run wild with mix-in and topper ideas!

Get inspired by our must-try combinations, outlined below!

chex bars


Triple Chocolate Chex Bars

triple chocolate chex bars

Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. To make, mix ½ cup of milk, dark and white chocolate chips to the melted marshmallow mixture. Once the chips have melted, stir in the Chocolate Chex and transfer to the prepared pan, then sprinkle an additional handful of chocolate chips.

Confetti Chex Bars

confetti chex bars

A handful of sprinkles lend these treats major fun factor, making them perfect for birthdays. Start by adding ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles, 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract to the melted marshmallow mixture. When the chips have fully melted, stir in Vanilla Chex and transfer to the prepared pan. Sprinkle with ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles for an extra hit of festivity. Tip: Honoring a recent graduate? Find a sprinkle combo in their school colors and go to town.

PB & J Chex Bars

pb&J chex bars

Inspired by the lunch bag staple, this toothsome treat is totally comforting. To start, add ½ cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky will both work wonderfully) to the melted marshmallow mixture. Stir in Honey Nut Chex and 1 cup of dehydrated strawberries, then transfer to the prepared pan. Top with ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts and ½ cup dehydrated strawberries. Tip: Swap out the peanut butter for almond, and then top with chopped almonds instead of peanuts. Any dehydrated fruit can stand in for the strawberries, too.

Coffee & Doughnut Chex Bars

coffee and doughnut chex bars

Can’t decide between breakfast and dessert? These bars don’t force you to choose! To make, add 1 tablespoon instant coffee, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 cups of roughly chopped donuts (any kind) to the marshmallow mixture. Stir in Rice Chex and transfer to the prepared pan. Finish with sprinkles on top, if desired. Tip: To make this treat gluten-free, use gluten-free doughnuts.

Blueberry Pancake Chex Bars

blueberry pancake chex bars

A comforting breakfast made over in dessert-bar style. To make, stir in 1 teaspoon maple extract 1 teaspoon vanilla and ½ cup freeze dried blueberries and ¼ cup brown sugar to the marshmallow mixture. Gently stir in Corn Chex and transfer to the prepared pan. Scatter ¼ cup freeze- dried blueberries and ¼ cup slivered almonds on top for extra crunch. Tip: There’s no need to be a square! You can use cookie cutters to form bars into any shape you like.

chex bars

What spin will YOU put on this easy recipe? Leave your dream combos in the comments below!