Peanut Butter Cereal Bites
These Vegan Peanut Butter Cereal Bites are an easy 3 ingredient treat that’s packed with flavour, nutrition, and an opportunity for endless creativity!
By using One Degree Sprouted O’s Cereal, the sprouted grains will keep you feeling full with their natural fibre and protein, and be gentle on your digestion! You can feel safe giving this treat to your kids knowing that all of One Degree Organic’s ingredients are made from organic, and glyphosate free foods sourced from farmers we know.
You can jazz the recipe up with a pinch of sea salt, a little vanilla extract, or a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, but each one of those things is an option. To make the no bake cereal snack bites, you only really need peanut butter, agave syrup (or maple syrup), and Sprouted Oat O’s.
Vegan Peanut Butter Cereal Bite Varieties
One Degree’s Sprouted O’s come in two flavors: Sprouted Oat and Sprouted Cacao. You can use both flavors for these vegan peanut butter cereal bites. Or, you can use a combination, as I did above. When I tested the snack bites, I tried three different versions:
Just One Degree Organic Sprouted O’s, peanut butter, and agave syrup.
Oat & Cacao
A 50/50 mix of Sprouted Oat and Sprouted Cacao O’s, plus peanut butter, agave, and a pinch of sea salt.
Sprouted O’s, peanut butter, and agave, plus some messy drizzling of melted dark chocolate chips. Yum.
Yield: Makes 15-18
1/2 cup (128 g) smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup (112 g) agave, brown rice, or maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
2 cups (105 g) One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Oat O’s
Optional: 4 ounces vegan dark chocolate chips (for chocolate drizzle)
1. Place the peanut butter and syrup (along with a pinch of sea salt, if desired) in a large, microwave safe bowl. Do not mix. Microwave for 60 seconds, then stir the mixture. Microwave for another 15 seconds, then stir again. Alternately, you can heat the mixture in a double boiler and stir until it’s warm and liquidy.
2. Add the Sprouted O’s to the wet ingredients. Use a spatula to incorporate and coat the O’s evenly. Allow them to sit for two minutes.
3. Using a two-tablespoon measure, transfer the sticky O mixture to a parchment lined baking sheet. You’ll have little mounds. If they topple over or you lose some cereal pieces as you work, you can use your fingers to keep them shaped into clusters.
4. Allow the cereal bites to cool in a cool part of your home for at least 30 minutes. They’ll be a little sticky but hold their shape well.
5. After the cereal bites cool, if you like, you can melt the vegan dark chocolate chips in 20 second intervals in your microwave, stirring between each interval. When the chocolate is shiny and melted, you can use a whisk to messily splatter it over the cereal bites (be sure to wear an apron and work over parchment). Allow the chocolate to cool before enjoying.
6. Store your cereal bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, if they last that long!
The Full Helping is a passionate Vegan Food Blogger, Registered Dietician, and One Degree Organics super fan. You can find some of her other recipes using One Degree Organic products on our website, including her Maple Oatmeal Bread, and Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
* Don’t overheat your peanut butter and syrup mixture
When I did this, my peanut butter started to get grainy. Exactly a minute and 15 seconds is the perfect amount of time to warm the ingredients up in the microwave.
* Stir in your O’s quickly
I found that it was good to incorporate the O’s into the warm peanut butter and syrup mixture fast, using a spatula. Then, I allowed them to rest for about two minutes. That little pause will make it easier to scoop them into little mounds for snacking.
It’s best to allow the snack bites to cool thoroughly before you enjoy them. They won’t end up crispy, like cookies or rice crispy treats. Even after you cool them, they’ll be a little sticky. The bite itself will be pliable, but the O’s will be nice and crispy once you bite into the whole thing. You can store them in the fridge if your home is warm, or at room temperature if it’s cool.
* Use a smooth peanut butter
If you’d like to add more texture to the bites, you can do that by stirring in chopped nuts or seeds, but be sure to use a smooth nut butter. If you have a peanut allergy, you can use a sunflower seed butter in place of peanut—I tested that and thought it was delicious.
* Syrup alternatives
I tested the bites with agave syrup, brown rice syrup, and maple syrup. The brown rice and agave syrup bites held together more easily than the maple syrup version. I recommend brown rice syrup or agave syrup if you have either (the former can be a little hard to find in stores), but maple syrup is OK if you don’t.
* Mix-ins and toppings
The simplicity of these snack bites is the very thing I love about them, so I didn’t get too fancy with additions. I do think it would be fun to add slivered almonds, mini vegan chocolate chips, or sunflower seeds to the mix! I’d recommend substituting a half cup of any of those ingredients for a half cup of the cereal O’s if you try it. It’s important to keep the ratios of dry ingredients to wet ingredients consistent here.