Sweet and salty chocolate and peanut butter cheerio bars – An easy to make breakfast or snack you can keep in the cupboard all week long!
I don’t remember eating a lot of cereal growing up. I think we maybe had some at 10 in the morning on weekends after our chores were done, usually the Lucky Charm variety with those little colored marshmallows. I do remember picking out an extra handful of those from the box and dropping them in my bowl. I somehow thought having 3 marshmallows to every two “regular” pieces (what do you even call the non-marshmallow pieces??) was the perfect ratio. Probably because then all I could taste was marshmallow, aka: sugar.
You know how certain cereals tint your milk? Well at the end of a bowl of Lucky Charms my milk was always a grayish brown color and I was convinced that two bowls of cereal in the same milk was the recipe for chocolate milk. I know. I was weird. I also thought you drank the same water as whoever was standing immediately in front of you in the line for the drinking fountain at school. Consequently I’d trade places with people til someone I liked was standing in front of me. You conjure up some strange ideas when you’re a kid.
Who am I kidding, I still have strange ideas. But I did figure out how to make real chocolate milk and I now drink from a water bottle. You live and learn.
The traditional Honey Nut Cheerios were never my all time favorite, but a year or so ago when I started revisiting the magic of breakfast and especially cereal, I discovered that Cheerios come in like, 50 flavors now. Dulce de leche??? I’ve tried several of them and I particularly like the Peanut Butter Multigrain Cheerios (P.S. this post is not affiliated with Cheerios, I just happen to really like this cereal). The thing is, I ran out of milk last week and there is no way on this green earth I’m putting water on my cereal so I abandoned that idea and decided to turn my favorite Cheerios into an easy-to-make, super delicioso breakfast bar. Soooo good! I added chocolate (duh) and covered it all with, well, more peanut butter. Cause really, can one ever have enough peanut butter?? Oh oh oh, and if you have some coarse sea salt on hand pretty pretty please sprinkle some on top. You. will. love. it.
- 3½ cups multigrain peanut butter cheerios
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅓ cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups peanut butter chips
- optional: coarse sea salt
- Place cheerios in a large bowl. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan with nonstick foil.
- Combine peanut butter, butter, syrup, and chocolate chips in a medium sauce pan and stir over medium heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour mixture over cheerios and stir to coat well. Transfer to prepared pan and press firmly to flatten. Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle peanut butter chips over cheerio bars. Bake 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from oven, spread melty chips evenly with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon. Immediately sprinkle coarse sea salt over the top of the bars if you have some.
- Chill 4 hours. Remove from pan, cut into bars. Store in airtight container chilled or at room temperature up to 1 week.