April 6, 2010
Easy Breakfast Cereal Bars
Scott's breakfast style comes and goes in waves. He'll get on a cereal + soy milk kick and then ditch it for whole wheat bagels with tofu cream cheese a few weeks later. The end result is that I always seem to have half-eaten boxes of cereal lying around just waiting to go stale. I'm not much of a cereal person (I used to be) but I was tired of throwing cereal away.
I figured cereal bars would be a great way to use up all the leftover cereal and this recipe couldn't be any easier. You just mix and go -- there is absolutely no baking involved! These bars are also portable, so they're a great on-the-go breakfast or snack. I also chopped a bunch of the bars into bite-sized pieces to make "energy bites" to fuel my workouts.
You can also mess around with this recipe by adding chocolate chips, flax seeds or dried fruit, just be sure to proportionately reduce the cereal in exchange. I used a combo of three different cereals, two by Nature's Path and then some plain brown rice crisps. Mmm mmm!
The perfect way to use up leftover cereal! Mix and match with different cereals to keep it fun! If you don't have access to brown rice syrup you can try substituting other syrups like agave, barley, maple or honey.
Line a 9x9 baking pan with wax or parchment paper and set aside. Dump cereal into a very large mixing bowl, mixing it together if using different cereals, and set aside. Combine brown rice syrup with optional peanut butter in a medium saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes liquid-like and is no longer thick. Once it's liquid, dump HALF of it on the cereal and set the pot down in a safe place. Using a spatula stir the cereal gently, trying to coat all cereal with a little bit of the mixture. Add the remaining mixture as needed to make sure that all pieces are lightly coated but not well coated (or they will be mushy). Transfer cereal to the 9x9 pan and using a spatula, pack it down tightly and evenly. Let the mixture set out and dry for at least 4 hours before trying to cut blocks or bars.