Cooking on the Cheap: Yummy Cheerios Bars

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September 28, 2009 by skwishface

This is not my recipe. I’m not this creative and awesome. This is Dana (The Homesteading Housewife)‘s recipe over at Tasty Kitchen. I was cruising that site and came across this recipe and had to try it. HAD TO. It was a moral imperative.

This recipe combines five things that I love. Cheerios, honey, sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate. It’s like Rice Krispies Treat’s big brother, the cool one with the tattoos and the more sophisticated taste in music. Nutritionally, there’s alot more going on with these treats. They’re rich and “heart healthy” (thank you, Cheerios), and – as I discovered when I took a bunch of them to work and was interrogated by all of my male coworkers regarding the recipe – surprisingly man-pleasing.

So! Do yourself and the men in your life a favor, and hop on over to Tasty Kitchen to check out Dana’s Yummy Cheerios Bars.

For wannabe-witty commentary on my own Cheerios Bars adventure, read on …

First, the honey went in the pot. Fun fact: bees are the only known creatures on Earth, besides humans, who manufacture a food product. True story.

Mmm, bee vomit.

Mmm, bee vomit.

Then a boatload of sugar. Because honey isn’t sweet enough.

There's something very Scarface about this ...

There's something very Scarface about this ...

I’m of the “More is More” school of thought, when it comes to desserty-type treats. Particularly when peanut butter is involved. So I doubled Dana’s recipe. Which means now I needed a full cup of peanut butter. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get an exact cup measurement of peanut butter? The stuff, you may have heard, is sticky.

nom nom sticky nom

nom nom sticky nom

I’m sure I went over a cup. Oh shucks. Oh darn. There will be more peanut butter flavor. How will I ever live with myself?

Once the sugar was all dissolved in the pot (over medium heat) with the honey, I added the peanut butter. And then fell over dead because my kitchen suddenly smelled SO GOOD.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Now, a word of caution. There are alot of Cheerios involved, here. When you double the recipe, “alot” becomes “every Cheerio ever made”. Pretty much a whole box. Also, about a cup and a half of chocolate chips.

This mass of fiber is EXACTLY how we justify the chocolate. And the sugar.

This mass of fiber is EXACTLY how we justify the chocolate. And the sugar.

The sheer massive volume of Cheerio-ness is a little overwhelming. Be sure to work in a big bowl. But have no fear! Once these are coated in all that is good and holy (aka – the honey/peanut butter mixture), they will seem less OMG and more AW YEAH.

Speaking of the coating …

Is there such a thing as food porn? Cuz I think this qualifies.

Is there such a thing as food porn? Cuz I think this qualifies.

Then I stirred it all together. For some reason, I had it in my head that the chocolate chips would hold their shape and be little floating bits of chocolatey goodness in a sea of peanutty Cheerios.

Because chocolate chips hold up so well to being flooded with warm melted goo.

What a pleasant surprise! Physics prevails yet again.

What a pleasant surprise! Physics prevails yet again.

The result was a liberal coating of peanut-butter-honey-CHOCOLATE goodness all over the Cheerios. And oh … oh my it’s good.

I grabbed my trusty 9×13 glass Pyrex baking dish – which has become the most versatile and beloved resident of my kitchen – and spread out the goop.

That dish was slathered in butter, and I don't care who knows.

That dish was slathered in butter, and I don't care who knows.

Let it cool for a bit, then covered it in (evil, hateful) plastic wrap and popped it in the fridge for about an hour.

Therein did it solidify and thereafter did I hack it into squares of rich, delicious, nutritionally-somewhat-better-for-you-than-other-cereal-based-treats magnificence.

Hold me.

Hold me.

Thank you, Dana (The Homesteading Housewife), for bringing this recipe into my life!

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