Monday, July 19, 2010

Cheerio Bars

So this is the second time I have made these bars and they tend to disappear in two or three days because they are quite awesome. Also they are super easy with a total of four ingredients and minimal effort or attention required. After my first time, I learned a few things that can definitely improve the overall result.First of all, crunchy peanut butter if you like crunch. The first time I combined both crunchy and creamy because I wasn't really sure I wanted little chunks of peanuts. Don't bother with creamy peanut butter unless you really can't stand chunks. Second, honey nut cheerios make the bars way more sweet than they need to be, I would opt for the plain cheerios. in this instance you will also be less tempted to sit on the couch and eat cheerios out of the bag as well. win win! but seriously, you are coating them in sugar and honey, it's not necessary for them to start out sweet. The final result is awesome. So awesome that I've been able to convince myself that it's A-OK to eat them for breakfast. They're made with breakfast cereal right? And I made them myself so they must be more healthy than the breakfast bars they sell in the store... So why not eat them with every meal of the day? Well my power died at home so feel free to thank Panera's free wifi.

So it starts out with a simple mixture of one part honey to one part sugar. I warned you they would be incredibly sweet right? because they definitely are. 
Then it boils and looks delicious until all of the sugar is dissolved so you have a nice syrup to add the peanut butter to.
Add the peanut butter when the syrup cools down a little and it becomes quite and awesome binder for the cheerios. Also it's an equal part peanut butter too so it's a very simple recipe to memorize. 

It becomes super sticky and hard to work with so be warned. It may be smart to spray the wooden spoon with pam or something. I didn't, but I'm a fan of eating everything that "accidentally" sticks.
And finally pour the contents into a 9x13 pan lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper or something else because these are so sticky!
And now for the recipe. Original credit goes to The Homesteading Housewife but you can just find it here too.

 1cup sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
6 cups original Cheerios

1. Combine the honey and sugar in a saucepan and heat up over medium heat. Meanwhile, place the 6 cups of cheerios in a large bowl. Allow it to boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved then remove from heat. Let it cool down a little and then add the peanut butter and stir it in well.

2, Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cheerios and stir them up well so that every darn cheerio in the bowl is covered with the mixture. Spread the cheerios into a 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper. Flatten them out. Allow to cool completely before attempting to cut... But one doesn't have to let it cool to pick off pieces and eat them.

seriously. that easy.

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