Chocolate Berry Cereal Protein Bars

These bars combine multiple high protein ingredients with a chocolate nut butter base, naturally sweetened with maple syrup to bring you a better, healthier protein bar you can make at home.

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I grew up eating cereal bars.  You know the fun ones that said they were cereal mixed with milk?  Loved them.  Unfortunately they were not the healthiest choice.  But I am here to change that with these protein cereal bars.  These are made with quality ingredients that are easily interchangeable for brands you already have, in order to build yourself a tastier AND healthier bar that will save you money by making at home!  I love bringing these to work with me for breakfast or an afternoon snack, and kids would love bringing them to school!

So how are these protein bars better?  Every single ingredient I used kept protein in mind.  They combine the protein power of Iwon Organics Protein O’s, chocolate protein powder (or I have made them with collagen too!), and the bee pollen – which if you didn’t know is a complete protein itself.  Plus we have the protein and healthy fats contributed by the nuts that make up our Chocolate Power Fuel.  I don’t know how you get more protein packed than that!

If you are looking for other fun ways to get more protein in your diet be sure to check out my protein packed nut butter blondies and my bulletproof cacao protein breakfast cookies.

protein cereal bars

Let’s Make Some Chocolate Berry Cereal Protein Bars!

Okay so first things first – choose your cereal.  Like I mentioned earlier I went with Iwon Organics Protein O’s because itself is a great source of protein – 10 grams per serving –  which most cereals are not so it is great to start with that already in our base! But if you don’t have this option just try to choose one with a similar build and not too much sugar. (like original Cheerios would be great).

Then choose your favorite protein powder.  I like using the new chocolate collagen peptides from Further Food or my chocolate Nuzest.  Both are great but Nuzest is plant based so keep that in mind if you want these to be vegan!  And if you don’t know much about collagen, you can read more about it and its benefits in this post here.  Also – if you want to try these products use code DONUTWORRYBEHEALTHY10 for 10% off Further Food and DWBH15 for 10% off Nuzest on their sites!

After that you are adding your nut butter.  Again, almost any nut butter will do but I like using NuttZo Chocolate Power Fuel because it adds more chocolate flavor!  But if you are not concerned about that just choose any you like 🙂

I added gogi berries and bee pollen for some extra antioxidants and protein, but you can add in anything you want (maybe nuts or chocolate chips!)

These really are just a great base for a build your own bar!

In addition to the listed ingredients you will need:

  • a mixing bowl
  • a sauce pan
  • a small baking dish (mine was even smaller than 8×8 – I used a tupperware I have)
  • parchment paper
  • your freezer

These make a great on the go breakfast for school or work so I hope they can help you make those busy days delicious!

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chocolate berry cereal protein bars

Chocolate Berry Cereal Protein Bars

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 or 8 bars 1x


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan Option

These bars combine multiple high protein ingredients with a chocolate nut butter base, naturally sweetened with maple syrup to bring you a better protein bar you can make at home.


  • 2 cups cereal
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ cup NuttZo Chocolate Power Fuel
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • Dried gogi berries
  • Bee pollen


  1. Combine cereal and collagen together in a large mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine NuttZo, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Stir until everything is melted and well combined.
  3. Pour melted NuttZo mixture over cereal, folding in gogi berries and bee pollen (amount to preference) until everything is evenly coated and berries/pollen are evenly disbursed.
  4. Pour into a small baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  5. Freeze for 30 minutes, then move and store in fridge. Cut into 4 bars or 8 squares


Vegan Option – to keep these bars vegan just leave out the bee pollen and use a plant based protein powder (like Nuzest) rather than collagen peptides.  Also just be sure to check the list of ingredients on your cereal to make sure there is no dairy!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of pan

If you try this recipe I’d love to hear what you think!  Please leave a comment below with your feedback.  Or if you share on Instagram don’t forget to tag me at @donutworry_behealthy so I can see your creation and send my support and love right back to you!


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