So the first thing that made me happy was everything was already in my pantry. I didn't have the full 4 cups for cereal so I used lots of Cheerios to cover it. I also had a little handful of chocolate chips when the mixture was still warm which just made it that much better(= The next best thing about this recipe was I was able to make it all in a glass measuring cup and I just measured the peanut butter, corn syrup and sugar and popped it in the microwave for like 45-60 seconds. Overall, fantastic recipe and I will be making it again!
These make very tasty and quite filling bars. I made the recipe as written except I also added a handful of wheat germ to the mixture. They are not too sweet and it makes me feel good to know that I'm eating something that is so healthy. Next time I think I will try using brown sugar and maybe some honey to see how they taste. Maybe some extra cranberries too because I LOVE cranberries! *Update* I just wanted to say that I'm addicted to these things!! I have made them 3 times in 2 weeks. I have started using 1 cup of corn syrup and 1/2 cup of honey, and brown sugar instead of white. I also use 3 cups of Grape-Nuts cereal and 2 cups of oats. They are sooo good! They make the perfect breakfast bar and snack.
I couldn't remember the exact name for these, so I spent over an hour looking for this recipe so I could say how much I liked it! Really, I think the amount of sugar isn't that much when you do consider the other healthful ingredients. I used natural PB, so that didn't add sugar, and it was just sweet enough (and I like sweet!). DH doesn't get excited about healthy things, so when I asked him what he thought, he said, "Well, they were kind of grainy (?), but I ate a bunch of 'em." His face was quite guilty! :) Anyway, for satisfactory taste PLUS healthful ingredients my family needs, this gets 5 stars! By the way, those grape nuts had sat on my shelf quite a long time; they enjoyed being put to good use! I think I'll actually buy grape nuts again!
revising this review to say that it has been requested every day since i made the first batch. not only did my daughters love them, but my coworkers did too. i had given half the pan to my boss for her 89 yr old dad, and she ate half of them on her way home. her daughter ate a bunch more. i think her dad got 1. i'll be making these often. going to try the next batch with some chocolate chips
These are great. And not too hard to make. But Grape Nuts are a little expensive. Maybe raisins and more oats would suffice?
Delicious! We chose an almond/cherry theme, substituting almond butter for the peanut butter and dried cherries for the cranberries. We used brown sugar instead of white, and 1 cup honey plus 1/2 cup corn syrup instead of all corn syrup. We also included 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds. After adding just a spash of almond extract and a dash of cinnamon, we thought these were better than anything we've had from the store!
This is fantastic. We are watching our sugar intake and I have adapted the recipe at bit. I don't add any sugar, and only use one cup of the corn surup and one cup of peanut butter. They hold together just fine and make for a much healthier bar. I also use All Bran Buds instead of the Grape nuts, due to availability issues.
Yum, yum, yum!!! I used raisins in place of the cranberries, only 1/2 c. almonds (as that's all I had on hand) and organic sugar. I plan to find a more healthful alternative to the corn syrup for the next time I make this, but used corn syrup this time. Delicious!!
I also used brown rice syrup and they turned out beautifully. These bars are fantastic!
I used 1 cup corn syrup and 1/2 cup honey and brown sugar instead of regular (I did add about 2T White sugar) They came out wonderful, everyone liked them. Next time I will mix in Vanilla after boiling.