I feel so dumb and I’m kind of sad now.
I forgot that when you add a hot, melted honey-peanut butter mixture to a big monster bowl of stuff to make cereal bars, chocolate chips melt into one big amalgamated mass when you stir everything all together.
Now we have chocolate-peanut butter-cereal bars, as opposed to peanut butter cereal bars with chocolate chips.
Close-up of cereal bars
How can I be so dumb??
I suck :(
6 cups assorted, mixed cereal dregs
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
In a large bowl (HUEG LIEK XBAWX! No, seriously, I mean it) mix all the cereals and add-ins together.
Grease a 9×13″ casserole dish or line with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the honey and sugars.
Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove from heat and quickly stir into the peanut butter until melted.
Pour the mixture into the bowl with the cereal mixture and mix well.
Press into the prepared pan. Let stand until set.
Cut into 32 bars and wrap individually as needed.
A couple of notes (from my comments section): I am particularly disturbed at the amount of sugar in this recipe. Like really disturbed. The point of making cereal bars for The Hubbs from scratch was that I wanted him to be able to have something healthier to snack on at work than what the commercially made stuff is. Have you read the ingredients on commercially made bars? They’re not even made of healhy stuff! The cereal dregs that I use are basically a whole bunch of boxes of things I poured into one really large glass jar — granola dregs with flax and almonds that are no longer in clusters, high fibre cereal that is kind of boring on its own, NOT honey nut cheerios, sugar crisp, lucky charms and frosted flakes type cereals etc etc etc…
The problem is that I haven’t found any recipes asking for anything less than 1 cup of sugar + 1 cup of corn syrup. I use the honey as preference instead of the corn syrup, even though I am aware that sugar is sugar is sugar. Admittedly, I could attempt the recipe using only the honey and omitting the sugars entirely, but I have a feeling that the sugars do something with the bars’ ability to solidify more solidly. I don’t recall what recipe I used the last time I made cereal bars, but they did not solidify. They kind of came together and went “bloop!” fall-apart-y when you cut them. They were still tasty, but disappointing from a bar standpoint.
Now that I realize the effects of hot syrup on chocolate chips, I may even cut down the chocolate chips by half just because of the sugar content. I suppose I could also change it to cocoa instead of chips altogether if I was really wanting to fix this recipe. The chocolate chips probably also help the bars stay in a mostly amalgamated mass, so perhaps I could cut down that 1 cup of sugar….