These Peanut Butter Oat Crunch Cereal Bars are a fun grab-and-go breakfast snack you can make ahead! See it below!
Peanut Butter Oat Crunch Cereal Bars
I am trying to get more organized right now with my meal planning and life in general. One of the things that I can improve on is having breakfasts in the house for myself and the family.
Just like with lunch and dinner, if I have nothing in the house to eat, it's way too easy to give in to grabbing a doughnut or stopping by Starbucks or the bakery for a treat.
These make ahead Cereal Bars are made with a fun new cereal, Cheerios Oat Crunch Oats ‘N Honey. It's a cereal and granola all in one!
Start with adding your cereal to a large mixing bowl. This recipe is pretty sticky, so a larger bowl will make mixing much easier. You can find a good set at the link if this is something you need to have in the kitchen.
This cereal is good just by itself. It packs a little more crunch than regular Cheerios, so it's ideal for cereal bars. I love that you don't have to add a lot of ingredients such as oats and seeds. The cereal itself has a lot of variety with flavors.
You will also need honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, salt and vanilla.
I would suggest not substituting the peanut butter, since it's the binder for the cereal. Although there are peanut butter substitutes out there, they all work differently in baking. Again, feel free to play around with this recipe and add your favorite flavors, but keep in mind your results will vary.
Mix all ingredients except the cereal in a small sauce pan, over low heat. Stir frequently as the peanut butter may overheat easily.
After you have a creamy consistency and all ingredients are incorporated, pour over your cereal.
Mix gently, taking care not to crush the cereal as you go. This is always the most difficult part for me making anything with cereal! LOL! I think I just get in a hurry.
I sprayed my pan well with non-stick spray and the cereal bars didn't stick for me. I might have to mention aren't these gorgeous?? I love the creamy gooey look of these bars. Way better than any you will pick up in the breakfast aisle at the store!
Perfect for On-the-go:
It's hard to stay away from these! Even though the cereal isn't a kids' cereal, they will love these breakfast bars. You can store them in an air tight container, or wrap individually so they can throw them in their bag on their way out the door.
Hope you enjoy these and can try the new cereal. I think they will be a hit!
Print Your Cereal Bar Recipe Here!
- 3 Cups of Cheerios
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
Generously spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray (we love coconut oil spray) or line it with parchment paper. We found after the first time that Parchment paper works best.
In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar and honey and stir frequently on medium heat. Increase heat and slowly bring to a boil for about 1 minute.
Remove mixture from heat and slowly stir in the vanilla, salt and peanut butter until smooth.
In a large bowl add 3 cups of Cheerios Honey Oat Crunch. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal and use a silicone spatula to mix the cereal and coat well.
Press the cereal mixture into your 8x8 pan and use a layer of parchment paper to press the cereal evenly into the pan.
Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting into bars. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 238mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 5g
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