Snack Bars

Snack Mix Bars are the gooey, peanut butter-y treat that my kiddos request again and again. These crunchy sweet and salty bars are loaded with all our favorite things!

My oldest son, who is now somehow 18 years old, has always been the biggest fan of my food blogging career.

He’s always happy to taste test whatever creation I set in front of him and the kid doesn’t mind being honest with his opinions either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Snack Mix Bars - crunchy, gooey, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! #cerealbars #snacks

I first made these no bake bars back in 2012 and he STILL asks for them regularly. They made an impression and they quickly became a favorite around here.

If you like rice krispies treats or my Christmas Crunch Bars, you’ve really got to try these snack mix bars.

They’re so gooey and chewy and crispy and crunchy and peanut buttery and chocolaty. Basically all the good things.

Snack Mix Bars - crunchy, gooey, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! #cerealbars #snacks

How to make snack bars:

To start, grab a whole bunch of goodness and dump it in a bowl: Chex cereal (whatever variety you prefer, I like Rice), small pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, and m&m candies.

ingredients for snack bars in glass bowl

Next, you’ll add some butter and peanut butter to a large pot and stir well until melted and creamy.

Stir in some marshmallows and let those melt. This mixture is heaven and I could eat it with a spoon.

marshmallow mixture in yellow pan

Pour that goo over the cereal goodies and start stirring.

Spread the mix into a 9×13 pan. I recommend using a piece of greased parchment paper to press this all into the pan with your hands. It’s really the easiest method.

Snack Mix Bars - crunchy, gooey, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! #cerealbars #snacks

These do need to set up for a couple of hours to let all that goo meld everything together, but that’s it. You’re done!

Who wants to dig into one of these right now?

Snack Mix Bars - crunchy, gooey, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! #cerealbars #snacks

Snack Mix Bars - crunchy, gooey, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! #cerealbars #snacks
5 from 2 votes

Snack Bars

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipes, kid-friendly recipes, no bake dessert recipes
Calories: 368 kcal

These little treats have the sweet salty thing going on. The snack mix is made up of rice chex cereal, pretzel sticks, and lots of m&ms. I used a mixture of plain, peanut, and peanut butter m&ms, because I'm wild and crazy, but you can use whatever type of m&ms you like best. I also stirred in a few chocolate chips, just for fun.


  • 3 cups pretzel sticks snapped in half
  • 2 1/3 cups chex cereal any variety
  • 2 cups m&ms any variety
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips any variety
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows


  1. In a large bowl, combine pretzels, cereal, m&ms, and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan, melt together the butter and peanut butter over low heat. Stir in the marshmallows and continue to cook over low heat until the marshmallows are melted.Pour over the snack mix and toss to coat.
  3. Press mixture into a 9x13 pan lined with wax or parchment paper. Firmly press mixture together to ensure that the bars stick together when they have cooled. Refrigerate until the mixture is completely cool and firm. Cut into bars and serve.

Recipe Notes

We prefer Rice Chex, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and peanut butter m&m candies in this recipe, but you can use any variety that you like best.

Nutrition Facts
Snack Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

Adapted from Inn Cuisine