Graham Cracker Cereal Bars:
I stared at the last chocolate bunny in the house, wondering, what his fate would be. I decided that cereal bars were in our immediate future. We needed to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. So, something fast and easy was imperative. By immediate, I mean about 20 minutes, total. And I melted the bunny all over these bad boys. Thanks for the sacrifice, bunny. We greatly appreciate it.
Now, I’m pretty sure that these qualify as anything from breakfast to dessert. They’re an all in one snack, breakfast and dessert bar. Use and vary as you see fit, please. I make these free-form on a parchment lined baking sheet because I find it’s the easiest to clean up. If you want to use a baking dish and butter it and cut the parchment, that’s fine. But, this is just a fast fix for us before we’re out the door. So, that’s why I go with the free-form technique. If you’re concerned about the bars sticking, you can spray the parchment, but I’ve never had any trouble with the bars sticking before.
One basic recipe. Infinite possibilities. Best enjoyed outside on a spring or summer day.
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup (or honey)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- pinch cinnamon
- 20 graham crackers, (5 sheets) crumbled
- 1 cup flour
- 3 cups cereal (I used 2 cups of rice and 1 cup of oat cereal )
- 1 cup miscellaneous (Use any combination of the optional additions, below, equalling one cup)
slivered, almonds, toasted*
peanut butter, nutella, almond butter, etc (other nut butter).*
dried fruit of choice*
Garnish: *melted chocolate of choice ( in double boiler or microwave) and additional almonds for topping*
* = optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine flour, graham crackers and cereal(s) in large bowl. Set aside.
Melt in saucepan over medium heat, butter with brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon and maple syrup (substitute syrups with honey, if you prefer). Stir. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Pour butter-sugar mixture over flour-cereal mixture. Mix and fold very well until everything is evenly coated. Pour onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat down to desired thickness, creating a free-form square on the parchment. Fold parchment over the edges of the free form square to created tightly packed, smooth edges.
Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
(Optional ) Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave and pour over cooled granola bars. Let chocolate set and enjoy.