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It’s kind of funny, but while I love cereal, I almost never have it for breakfast. I’ll have it for an afternoon snack, sometimes even for dinner. And I love using it in recipes, but I just don’t think about it when I’m stumbling bleary-eyed through the kitchen in the mornings.
Recently I had the chance to try a couple boxes of the new Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereals. There are two flavors, Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolatey Almond Crunch. They’re both so yummy I broke from my tradition and ate them both for breakfast a few days after they arrived.
Because Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereals are packed with whole grain, fiber and protein, they’re actually a great choice for your morning meal. That combination gives you a pick-me-up of energy right away, plus leaves you feeling satisfied and ready to go until lunch. And because of the delicious cinnamon and chocolate flavors, kiddos will even reach for this cereal, so you know they’ve had a healthy start to the day.
The Chocolatey Almond Crunch was my favorite, but surprisingly not because of the chocolate. I love almonds and there are lots of almond slivers mixed in. They add good texture and flavor, plus nuts are very satiating.
Crunchy Chocolate Almond Cereal Bars Recipe
I wanted to be able to enjoy the flavors all day, but I really can’t carry around a box of cereal wherever I go. But I could carry around cereal bars, so I decided to make my own granola-type bars using the Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereals. I used just the Chocolatey Almond Crunch, but you could use either. In fact, you could use a mix of both, which I plan to do next time I make these.
- ¼ C butter
- ¼ C brown sugar
- ¼ C honey
- ¼ C peanut butter
- Splash of vanilla extract
- 2 C Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolatey Almond Crunch cereal
- 1 C pretzel pieces
- Line an 8x8 pan with foil or parchment paper, allowing for overhang around the edges.
- Mix cereal and pretzels in a large bowl; set aside.
- Combine butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium, stirring frequently, until bubbly; cook additional 2 minutes.
- Pour over cereal mixture, stirring to coat.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan, pressing to ensure it's even.
- Chill bars in fridge until cool. Use edges of foil or parchment paper to lift bars from pan and cut into bars.
- Store uneaten bars in a container in the fridge.
That’s it! Tasty cereal bars you can take on the go.