Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Last minute treats are always a good thing to have up your sleeve. The hard part is when you may not have typical ingredients on hand, or like Mason and I are doing right now-you are only purchasing the things you have meal planned for so there aren’t lots of extra ingredients lying around to whip up random recipes.

I need a quick treat Sunday night and was determined to use just what I had on hand at home. I found this recipe and tweaked it to what I had and what sounded good. I was also thinking they would be great instead of putting chocolate chips into the cookie to melt and drizzle on top-oh, dear!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup (I had some regular and light corn syrup on hand so it was a mix of the two)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8
    tsp salt (just a pinch)
  • 1+1/3 cup peanut butter (I used half crunchy, half creamy)
  • 4 cups Cereal (I used mostly Corn Flakes + about 1 cup of Whole Grain Flakes)
  • ¾ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

How to:

  1. Prepare a 9×13 pan-either grease or I used Korean “paper foil” AKA parchment/wax paper. Works great for that kind of thing!
  2. Stir together Sugar, Corn
    Syrup, Vanilla, Cocoa
    Powder and Salt in a medium/large saucepan (everything will be in this pan when you finish so leave yourself room) over medium-low heat.
  3. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to maintain a simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add Peanut Butter to the saucepan *carefully-it tends to plop!*, stirring in to melt together.
  5. Add Chocolate Chips to the saucepan, stirring in to barely melt together.
  6. Add Cereal and stir to coat. (turn off heat)
  7. Press mixture into the pan evenly. Cool and cut into bars!

I didn’t actually get to eat these, but the hubby reported they were a hit so I had to record the concoction for future reference. And really, can you beat chocolate and peanut butter?!

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