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Tasty Cereal Bars: Easy to Make!

Have you ever purchased a box of cereal and see a recipe on the side that may sound good, but you never get around to making it before the box is thrown away?  That’s me too.  However, this week I actually made a recipe that was on the side of my youngest son’s favorite cereal, Chocolate Cheerios.  It’s like making Rice Krispie treats, but with probably one extra step.  And a couple more ingredients.

When my oldest son Matt likes something, then I am doing pretty good.  Getting a hug for making these tasty cereal bars was a bonus!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
(courtesy of General Mills)

Prep time:  15 minutes
Total time:  30 minutes
Makes 24 bars

5 cups Chocolate Cheerios cereal
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup salted peanuts
1 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Spray 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray.  In large bowl, combine cereal, raisins, and peanuts; set aside.  In 2-quart saucepan, place corn syrup and sugars.  Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat.  Stir in peanut butter.  Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture; mix until thoroughly coated.  Spread evenly in pan.  In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips on High 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth.  Drizzle over bars.  Refrigerate 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.  (To drizzle chocolate: place melted chocolate chips in resealable plastic bag.  Cut off small piece of corner; drizzle chocolate over bars.)

NOTE:  At first, I was not going to add the raisins; I thought it an odd addition. Since I hadn’t made these before, I went according to the recipe, and the raisins do add another subtle flavor to the bars.  The kids didn’t even notice the raisins were there.  I would suggest using the bag tip for drizzling the chocolate; I decided to just drizzle with a spoon, but ended up with big blops of chocolate and had to use a knife to spread the chocolate evenly over the bars. Finally, I cut the rest of the bars in thin rectangles instead of squares, thinking that when unwrapping, it would be easier to eat.

Be sure to try these and add them to your kid’s lunches or give them for their school snack.  This recipe is the equivalent of buying four boxes of the other General Mills cereal snacks, which could run about $12. All the ingredients of this recipe were in my cupboard, with the exception of buying a new box of cereal and the bag of chocolate chips, so for me it was a cost of $5.

First Pinterest Inspired Meal!

Let’s assume that ANYTHING made from Pinterest is crafty.  Including food.

I made my first Pinterest-inspired recipe this past week and it was a big hit with my family.  That is an accomplishment, especially when it comes to food and four different preferences and tastes.
Here is the original pin which I have on my Pinterest Food board:
Here is my finished product:

Sorry, my photos are not the best and I didn’t take time to make the food pretty and photo worthy — I was just so excited that the frittatas turned out this nice!  We enjoyed these scrumptuous mini frittatas for supper with hashbrowns and English muffin toast with homemade jam.  Delish. 
Besides the hubs, I have a 15 and 9 year old, both growing boys, and both of whom love to eat a lot if I make something that they like.  The key is making something for the evening meal that everyone likes.  And it must have meat.
I made these frittatas in the large muffin size pans, not a regular muffin pan (that holds 12) as the blogger probably used.  I doubled the amount of eggs and milk to fill my two pans. Everyone made their own frittata from provided ingredients, including precooked Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles, Oscar Meyer Real Bacon Recipe Pieces, green pepper, tomato and shredded cheddar cheese. Once they chose their ingredients and put them in the pan, I added the egg mixture until each well was two-thirds full.  Good thing I used two pans — these were quick to be eaten!
From the teenager when I finally asked, “How do you like them?” he replied, “I’m not. I am thoroughly enjoying them.”  From my 9 year old I just got a smile and a nod, since his mouth was very, very full.  The  Hubs really liked them too — and he is the one that I always want to impress.  Score one for the Wife on this one!
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