Carnation Breakfast Bars Copycat Recipe

"I have never made these but I miss these breakfast bars!"
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  • 1 cup Spanish peanut, peeled and crushed to a near powder
  • 1 cup rolled toasted oats
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 12 cup miniature chocolate chip
  • 13 cup light Karo syrup
  • 36 ounces milk chocolate


  • Combine all dry ingredients then add Karo syrup and mix thoroughly.
  • Line a small pan with wax paper and pack the mixture firmly into pan.
  • Melt milk chocolate and spread over top of mixture and refridgerate until firm. At least one hour.

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  1. BeanieChan
    I appreciate that others who, along with me, miss our favorite staple breakfast group of the 80s and are working together to come up will an adequate copy cat to fill the void created when general mills ruthlessly discontined them to make room for their inadequate ceral products that invest grocery shells today. Reading these ingredients and consulting with my taste buds, i feel as though one ingredient that is missing from the copy cat is the actual carnation instant breakfast drink powder for the vitamins and minerals. If course you would use the chocolate flavored mix in the chocolate versions, but you could use the vanilla flavored mix in the peanut butter verson and the chocolate chip version with original cookie flavor. Additionally, to get the compactedness of the original, i wonder if you might crush the rice crispys and pulverize the toasted oats before adding them.
  2. karen g.
    I was too busy toasting (burning) the oats to remember to chop them up - a change I wanted to do because I remember how dense the bars were. I didn't know you could buy rolled oats either. I believe that makes it softer anyway and I remember them to be very dense and hard which I prefer - I hate chewy granola bars! Karo and Rice Krispies have no real taste and serve as glue and filler which you really need to pack it together tight - I use what Rachael Ray calls 'food mover' flat metal cutter/mover. It works nice to cut them into bars too. I feel there is a missing ingredient, possibly another nut or sunflower seed like the box may? show if you google the picture..... The chocolate on top makes all the difference tying in well. Still need a closer recipe ugh!
  3. Jake R.
    Someone made it and mailed it to me. Not even close. It takes special machinery, and many industrial ingredients, to make original Carnation Breakfast Bars.
  4. Alwaysjoy
    I don't know how close these are to the original (never had the original and *i* didn't eat these but my husband has had both and says they're perfect!) I used dry roasted peanuts and it was more than 1/3 of a cup karo but he loved them! I made them in muffin tins (lined) for super easy transport - it made 18
  5. Traci R.
    The number of stars I selected to rate this may not be accurate. I just made this recipe and although it is absolutely delicious (!!!), it does not taste at all like the Carnation Breakfast Bars that I was hoping to re-create.<br/><br/>Thanks so much for posting may get me by until I can find something more like the real thing.<br/><br/>8^)



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