How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

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How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

For some reason, I don’t really like the final handful in each bag. It’s usually made up of broken pieces of cereal, cereal dust and more cereal dust. Saying that, I also despise wasting food so these all just pile up. A quick glance in my pantry would see close to seven cereal packets, all with barely a handful in each. However, in my grocery bag, I had a new box of crispy rice cereal. The reason for this new box of cereal was to make a weekly staple in this neck of the woods- Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Rice Crispy Treats.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

Before I ripped open the new box of cereal to get some bar treatment, I thought for a second. Why not combine all the leftover bits and bobs of cereal and replace the crispy rice, cup for cup, and use said cereal instead. The majority of my leftover cereal were these Whole O’s by Nature’s Path (a vegan and gluten free version of Cheerios) and some peanut butter puffins. I threw the muffins on some vanilla yogurt and combined all the remnants of Whole O’s to make a delicious, quick and easy 3 Ingredient no bake snack bar.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

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These homemade cereal bars have just 4 ingredients, and make breakfast snacks for the entire week! Melt peanut butter, honey, and granulated sugar together, then stir in Cheerios™ to make these simple, homemade cereal bars. They’re so much more affordable than the kind you get at the store. Tip: separate bars into Ziploc® bags for easy grab and go snacks.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

DirectionsToast Oats and NutsHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Then lightly oil or spray with cooking spray. Add oats and almonds to a small baking sheet then bake 5 minutes, stir and bake another 3 to 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl. Make BarsCombine butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves. Pour butter mixture in to bowl with toasted oats and almonds. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then add cranberries and a 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine. (The chocolate chips will most likely melt a little. This is fine, they turn into glue and help to hold the bars together). Transfer oat mixture to lined pan then use a rubber spatula or damp finger tips to firmly press the mixture into the pan. (Press hard here, this way the bars will stay together once cooled and cut — We press for about one minute to be extra safe). Scatter remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over pressed granola mixture then use a rubber spatula to gently press them into the top. Cover then refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove block of granola mixture from pan then peel away aluminum foil. Cut into 12 bars. Store bars in an airtight container for up to one week. For the softest bars, keep at room temperature. For slightly harder bars, store in the fridge.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

One note: I do still occasionally get bars that don’t totally stick together, especially when I’m aiming for chewier bars and especially in hot and humid weather (since the sugar absorbs moisture from the air, I’m guessing). I’ve found that a few spoonfuls of peanut butter or a touch of cocoa powder mixed with the rice syrup can help make firmer bars when I suspect they might need a little extra help. The problem for me is that I don’t always want those flavors in every bar. I still think this recipe is reliable enough that I wanted to share it, but if anyone has tips for preventing loose bars from happening entirely, I’d absolutely love to hear them.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

7. Cool the Granola Bars: Let the bars cool completely in the pan. They will firm up as they cool. Once cooled, cut into 8 bars in the pan with a very sharp knife, then lift the bars by the flaps of parchment to remove from the pan. Store between layers of wax paper in an airtight container for up to two weeks. To make them easier to slip into back packs and lunch boxes, you can also wrap each bar individually in wax paper or plastic wrap.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

The granola bar recipe I’ve outlined below has my favorite ratios of oats, crispy cereal, nuts, and dried fruits, but it’s really just a template. The important thing is to use 3 1/2 to 4 cups TOTAL granola bar mix. You can use more oats and cut out the cereal, or even add in some chocolate chips in place of the nuts. Play around with other puffed grains and various combinations of dried fruits for your own granola bar creations.

How To Make Cereal Bars At Home

Instructions Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add your dry cereal and set aside. Stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your sticky sweetener and then pour the mixture into the crispy rice cereal and mix well. Pour mixture into the lined baking tray and press firmly into place. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

But have you ever thought of trying a different cereal? Not that we have anything against Rice Krispies, but there are so many cereals to choose from — bright, colorful ones, peanut butter and even chocolate flavors. We’ve found some of the best cereal treats around the web, made with Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Pops and more.

oatmeal with cocoa, bananas, and almond butter when I got home at 7:30. Plus I made Arman’s cereal bars with crisp rice, almond butter, and cane syrup as dessert and, of course, sampled one of those. Try

Oh mannn. I used to love buying cereal bars (with alllll the ingredients and sugar), and now look at you, making it so simple and healthy. You da man, Arman. YUM

Nichole January 10th, 2014 My kids eat the Trader Joe’s cereal bars for breakfast almost every morning. I can’t wait to try these to see how they go over. Do you think I could sub honey for the agave? Reply Sky January 7th, 2015 I bought agave for this recipe, but all I could find was agave syrup. Is that what it calls for (or does it call for nectar)? Thanks!! Reply Amy January 8th, 2015 I would definitely sub raw honey for agave. If you do a little research you can find out why agave isn’t all that healthy after all. Try Foodrenegade.com and search for her agave article. Really interesting and she isn’t the only one saying this. Reply Becca January 13th, 2015 I substituted Honey and they were great. Reply

Store bars in an airtight container for up to one week. For the softest bars, keep at room temperature. For slightly harder bars, store in the fridge.

Brown rice syrup is special because it is versatile. I’ve found that you can use it to make both chewy bars and crunchy bars. Its mild flavor also makes a lightly sweet bar that still lets you taste the flavor of the nuts, dried fruits, and spices you are using. I still use other sweeteners like maple syrup for their particular flavors from time to time, but I like to use about half rice syrup in the recipe to make sure I get the texture I want.

Hello new lunchbox staple! I can’t get over how quick these are to make, I am constantly craving rice krispy treats but it’s so hard to find ones not made with beef gelatine. Thanks for another awesome recipe and WIAW Arman. I hate wasting food, I won’t throw anything away unless it is mouldy. In all honesty, I tend to eat more cereal dry out of the box than in any other medium (including the dust at the bottom), I do use it as an ice cream and yogurt topping occasionally though.

These granola bars are so much better than what you can by at the store, especially since you can substitute for your favorite dried fruit or nuts. While these are very simple to make, there is a 2-hour wait for the bars to firm up enough to cut. Feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, nuts or chocolate to these – it’s completely up to you. Since we use a 1/3 cup of honey, we like to splurge on higher quality honey.

Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids. Oh wait. You didn’t use Trix. Ok then, maybe you aren’t so silly, mate. In fact, maybe you’re a genius! I love me a good cereal bar in the morning. Quick, easy and portable…what’s not to love there?? Can I top mine with colored sparkling sugar, though?

We have a history with granola bars. A while back, we shared a cooking failure. The subject was granola bars. They tasted great, but fell apart. So, we sort of gave up and moved on with the thought that one day, we would be ready to give them another shot.

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