No Bake Cereal Bars

Although the summertime is often viewed as a time of rest and relaxation, the reality is that many of us have early mornings most days of the week. While kids are off playing in the sun and all your friends are on vacation, you seem to be falling into a routine very similar to your fall and winter schedule. One of my favorite ways to break up the mundane weekdays is by changing up my breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, oatmeal is a great start to your day, however, it can get boring very fast. Why not switch it up a bit? How about trying a new and simple, no bake recipe that will kickstart your mornings and prepare you for your busy day. Cereal bars from a box can be full of fat and processed sugar, but these three ingredient, no bake cereal cars are customizable to fit your every health and taste bud need.

Dry Cereal No-Bake Breakfast Bars

Helpful Tips

-If you’re looking for a low glycemic index sweetener, I suggest Agave Nectar or Syrup
-Melt the nut butter first in the microwave and then add the sweetener, make sure the mixture cools a bit before adding it to the dry cereal
-Cut the chilled cereal in the brownie pan into “bars”, wrap in plastic wrap and save in fridge for mornings when you’re running late and want to grab something on the go
-Add nuts into the mixture for some added protein and crunch

Ingredients:

2 cups dry cereal – Cheerios work well
1/3 cup nut butter – I prefer almond butter but peanut butter works too
1/3 cup sweetener – brown rice syrup or maple syrup or agave will do

Directions:

1. Line a brownie tin with baking paper and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry cereal and set aside.
3. Melt nut butter with sweetener and then pour mixture into the dry cereal and combine until well incorporated.
4. Spread the mixture out onto the lined brownie pan and press into place, the bars should be about 1/2 inch thick.
5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, at least, so they can firm up. Serve chilled, store leftovers in the fridge. Enjoy!

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photo credits: mylittlecelebration.com

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Happy (no) Baking!

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