Six ingredients. No oven. These are too simple and delicious NOT to make! Seriously, I whipped these up in 20 minutes this morning in my pj’s with no caffeine whatsoever in my system. Make this homemade sweet treat for everyone and then relax through the heat wave New England is expecting knowing you did something good
Yes, there is plenty of sugar in these babies — they definitely qualify as dessert. However, there is a decent dose of fiber from the Cheerios as well as good old-fashioned protein via the peanut butter. You could go a little wild and try some other nut butter if you like — I promise the corn syrup will ensure everything sticks together nicely.
According to my 11-year-old, these are “super good” and hit the spot after a morning of chores, packing for vacation, and some extended quality time with his iPod touch
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
Makes ~24 bars
Adapted from Taste of Home
6 cups Cheerios or other oat cereal
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Grease a 9×13 cake pan well, bottom and sides (Stick butter or margarine will work better than spray oil in this case).
Measure the cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Heat the corn syrup and sugar over medium heat in a large saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter. Combine until smooth.
Add peanut butter mixture to the cereal, and stir until well combined. Press immediately into prepared pan.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips together. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring well between each interval. This should take no longer than 90 seconds to melt completely. Do not overcook. Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal mixture and spread with a spatula. Add sprinkles if desired. They make everything more fun
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow bars to set. Cut into 24 portions, then store in airtight container.
CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP