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Cereal Bars

These cereal bars are sweet, crunchy, and filling! They're packed with oats, cereal, peanut butter, and natural sweeteners then topped with chocolate and peanut butter
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cereal bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Setting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12 -16 bars
Calories 222kcal
Cost $4.29

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (276g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (96g) honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons (123g) Cocoa Krispies (or use Rice Kripsies, but bars are less chocolate-y)
  • 2 cups (212g) old fashioned oats

Topping

  • 3/4 cup (127g) milk chocolate chips (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 cup (90g) peanut butter chips*
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil separated, or vegetable oil

Instructions

  • PREP: Line an 9x9 baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • WET INGREDIENTS: In a microwave-safe bowl combine the 1 cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir until smooth. Stir in the 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: In a large bowl, combine the 2 and 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons Cocoa Krispies and 2 cups old-fashioned oats. Stir.
  • COMBINE: pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well combined. If the mixture is still dry, add a bit more honey and/or peanut butter, 1 tablespoon at at time.
  • TRANSFER TO PAN: transfer the mixture to the prepared 9x9 pan. It will seem like a lot, but it compresses down. Press the mixture firmly and compress as much as you can in the pan; this is integral to the bars staying together. Press with the back of a flat 1 cup measuring cup if needed until well compressed. Place in the fridge while preparing the chocolate topping.
  • CHOCOLATE TOPPING: Microwave 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon coconut oil for 30 seconds. Stir until melted (Return the chocolate to the microwave for 10-15 second bursts if it isn't completely melted.)
  • PEANUT BUTTER TOPPINGS: In another bowl, microwave the 1/2 cup peanut butter chips with remaining 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil for 10-15 seconds (Stir, return to the microwave for 10-15 second bursts until melted and smooth).
  • TOPPING: Using a spatula or the back of a large spoon, spread the melted chocolate over the bars evenly. (A thin layer of chocolate should cover it all). Then drizzle the melted peanut butter chips in horizontal lines across the top of the chocolate. Using a butterknife, drag the lines from top to bottom vertically to create the peanut butter swirl seen in the bars.
  • STORAGE: let bars harden completely at room temperature and then cut into bars. Serve. Store leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature. Best eaten within 3-4 days.

Notes

Note 1: I buy the Nestle peanut butter + chocolate baking chips bag and separate the chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 16bars | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.5g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 11.1g | Cholesterol: 1.8mg | Sodium: 89.6mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 14.1g