Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cereal Bars-why only have cereal for breakfast?
Everyone knows about rice krispie treats, right? A bag of marshmallows, a stick of butter, 5-6 cups rice krispies, yum! You can build stuff with them, like on top of cakes, and then frost it. That tower or dinosaur that you admire, it just might be snap, crackle and pop hiding under there.
Another cereal treat we love, and probably most know about, are the peanut butter corn flake Pralines. Sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter and corn flakes. Same idea as the rice krispies but peanut buttery.
I saw a post a few weeks back by Ann over at Sumptuous Spoonfuls for Special K Bars.
I love Special K. That’s my cereal, when I have it. The kids aren’t allowed to touch MY box of cereal. So I had to check it out. Basically the same recipe I use. But wait there’s more, she has chocolate and butterscotch chips on hers. Now why didn’t I think of that?
So I call the girls into the kitchen, We have to make this now! We use our recipe (it has more sugar) and as we’re melting the sugar and corn syrup, I see out of the corner of my eye… The dry roasted peanuts. That would give a touch of salt and extra crunch.
Now lets just take a quick second to review the nutritional value of these bars. Made with cereal-usually has at least 8 vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter has protein. Nuts-more protein.
I think I can get away with calling these a “healthy” snack! Probably not, but I tried!
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- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup peanut butter
- a total of seven cups of stuff-we used
- 6 cups cereal-Special K this time
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts (you could also use M&Ms)
- 2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup butter
- Place cereal in a large mixing bowl.
- On stove, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil and remove from heat.
- Add peanut butter. Stir until blended then pour over cereal. Gently fold to coat. Add in peanuts and fold a few more times.
- Spread in a buttered 13 x 9 pan, let cool.
- Melt chips with the butter until melted and smooth. Spread over cereal bars. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Any flake cereal will work well with this recipe, Special K, Corn Flakes, Total, so use your favorite.
Recipe source ChocolateChocolateandmore.com
Special thanks to Mrs. Phyllis at church for turning us on to the Corn Flake Pralines years ago and to Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls for making us think “outside of the box.”
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