This has been life changing... so much so I actually hopped online to make a blog post :o)... so I can share it more easily with friends.
|This is a half batch in a 7x11" pan. The full batch makes much more squares.|
Now I'm making these regularly and I'm playing around with different ingredients. I just follow the same basic formula and it's so easy I don't even have to look up the recipe (which I'm terrible with numbers).
- 1 cup corn syrup (or honey works too. Going to try pure maple syrup next time and cook a little longer)
- 1 cup sugar (or granulated/dry sweetener I used powdered honey last time)
- 1 cup peanut butter (WowButter works and I bet almond or Nutella or anything similar consistency)
- 6 cups cereal (all one kind or a combo. I've used all of these in different batches: quick oats, rice crispies, cheerios, wheat puffs, (these are just the boring cereals I buy (I don't buy sugary cereals for my kiddos... they are content with the boring stuff).
- optional stir-ins: (maybe just 2 cups or less of these things... so they hold together) peanuts, sunflower seeds, craisins, raisins, mini choc. chips, or any flavor baking chips*, gummies, mini-Reese's pieces,
Butter a 9x13 pan. Combine corn syrup and sugar in a bigger pot (so you can stir all the cereal in later). Stir and melt the sugar in the syrup and bring to a simmer (cooking longer will make a stiffer bar, less will make them soft and gooier-but fall apart easier) . Stir in the peanut butter. Add cereal(s). Stir in any add ins*. If too gooey add a little more cereal or oats (they seem to be more absorbent) Press into baking pan. Cool 20 min or so. Cut into squares.
I like to wrap them in plastic wrap once completely cool and hide them in the pantry with other kids snacks to put into lunches (if made without peanuts). It is also good to free up my baking pan and to keep me from snitching on them all day.
*For melty chips I press a layer of 1/2 the cereal goo in the pan, sprinkle a layer of chips and then press the rest of the cereal on top so it sandwiches the melty, messy chips in the middle.
My kids love these. All the kids at church loved them. Let me know what you think. Let me know what combinations of ingredients you try.