CHOCOLATE CEREAL BARS (gluten free!)
The kids’ last day of Mother’s Day Out was today so summer has officially begun in our house! We kicked off the season with a surprise field trip to Chuck E. Cheese (It was as much of a surprise to me as it was to them….they wanted to celebrate with ice cream, & I was just trying to figure out a way to not feed them more sugar. I think they’ve had a birthday party at school every day for the last month and a half. Instead of asking them if they had a cupcake when they came home from school, I just started asking, Hey, what kind of cupcake did you have today?? Anyway, I digress…)
I’m excited for the change of pace & having more time with the kiddos for a couple of months before Collins starts kindergarten (my feelings are not only mixed but heightened, which is an excellent combination). But I’m also working on figuring out how we will spend all the minutes of all the days. I love slow mornings & chill afternoons at home, but depending on the day, sometimes we just have to vamoose out of the house so I don’t have to referee one more toy sharing war or have an inner dialogue in my head about how much tv is too much tv. For instance… They’ve already watched tv this morning. Yeah, but that was educational. They reviewed colors AND letters, & I think they had some addition in there, too. Yeah but their eyes were still glued to the tv, & their bottoms to the couch. Yeah but they get along so nicely when nobody is talking to each other. Don’t touch the remote. Start a dance party instead. Oh you & your dumb dance parties. See? And people say SAHMs don’t have adult conversations during the day.
I can’t believe I forgot to write up this recipe after Collins & I made these a handful of weeks ago on the cooking show! These were such a hit. It made so many, we took some up to the kids’ school for the teachers, & unless they are good liars, they were quite successful! They’re nice because they’re gluten free in case you have that allergy present, & they travel well (as long as they don’t get hot…that chocolate & peanut butter will melt & make your bars gooey). This is basically your granola bar without the processed junk plus a thicker layer of chocolate because WHY THE HECK NOT. And I forgot to take a picture of the making of these as well as the finished product, so y’all get this super professional picture from the cookbook (which you should totally buy if you love to cook/bake).
CHOCOLATE CEREAL BARS by Half Baked Harvest (Special K Bars)
Nonstick cooking spray (or something to grease pan)
1 C creamy peanut butter
1/2 C honey (I like raw, unfiltered honey!)
1/2 C pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup, you guys)
1/2 C sugar (if you want to feel better about all the sweetness (ha), use a raw cane sugar)
6 heaping cups of cornflakes
4 C semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 Grease your 9×13 baking pan.
2 In a large saucepan or dutch oven, combine peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, & sugar. (You’ll wonder why you’re supposed to use a LARGE pot, but trust me!).
3 Cook over medium heat & stir until your mixture begins to bubble & the sugar dissolves– around 5 minutes. Keep stirring so the peanut butter doesn’t burn. Nobody likes burnt peanut butter. Remove from heat. Stir in cornflakes (ah, now you understand the large pot). Spread your mixture into your greased baking dish.
4 Pour your chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each round, until the chocolate is melted & smooth. Spread the chocolate in an even layer over cornflake mixture. (If it’s not smooth, you can use the back of a spoon or tap the dish against the counter to pack everything down better.)
5 Cover with plastic wrap (someone please invent something that works like plastic wrap but doesn’t make me hate my life), & let harden in the fridge for at least 2 hours. (I know it’s hard to wait. Be patient, grasshopper.)
6 Remove from the fridge 1o minutes before serving. Cut into bars & serve it up!
These bars are so easy & delicious! Perfect for a fancy breakfast or fun snack. Hope you enjoy!
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