Peanut Butter Cereal Bars


Servings: 
12 bars

Ingredients: 

1 ½ cups crisp rice cereal
¾ cup Cheerios of flaked cereal, like Wheaties, Corn Flakes or Total
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of honey
 

Optional Ingredients: (use one or in a combination)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup dried fruit and/or nuts (chopped into small pieces)




Directions: 
  1. Line an 8- or 9-inch baking pan. Use 2 pieces of foil or parchment paper (one going each way) and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly crush the cereals and mix with nuts or dried fruit, if using.
  3. Make the peanut butter mixture. Put butter, peanut butter, and honey in a small pot and heat on the stovetop, stirring with a whisk until smooth. OR, place in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, take out and stir with a whisk until smooth. If using, stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and/ or salt.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal in the bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Put the mixture into your prepared baking pan. Using a spatula, press the mixture into the pan and flatten evenly, making sure you press the edge down well.
  6. Put the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or freeze for 10 to 15 minutes to harden. For crunchier bars, skip the refrigerator step and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.
  7. Cut into bars and enjoy. Lift bars using the foil or parchment paper, then use a pizza cutter or knife to cut it into 6 rows. Next cut each row in half to make 12 bars.

 
 
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Recipe courtesy of Maryland WIC Cookbook