Homemade cereal bars that are quick (no-bake), easy and nutritious. Ready in just 10 minutes, they make a great go-to snack option too. Once you are hooked onto these, you will stop buying cereal bars from the store.
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If you ask Little A of his favorite breakfast, he would say it's milk and cereal. It's like a staple side for him in addition to whatever I make. He needs his daily dose of cereal and I can proudly say his favorite cereal is oats. Honestly, I have only introduced him to Oats and Cheerios yet. Once in a while when we are on a vacation or something, he does enjoy another cereal but if he had a choice amongst Oats and another Cereal, he would pick Oats for sure. He will soon be going to Kindergarten and I have trying to make a list of all snacks that are mess free. That's how this recipe made it to the blog. I have made these cereal bars often but most times I make them at night and never get around taking pictures because there is no natural light. This time I was helping a friend of mine make these bars for her son, so I made sure I took a few shots.
These cereal bars make a perfect snack option for the kids. They are fast, and easy and nutritious too. These are one among my go to option for a grab and go breakfast or snack. They mess free and filling and is loaded with the goodness of oats. These are definitely healthier than any store bought version that have extra additives and unnecessary ingredients. Making them at home is so much more economical than buying them from the store. Plus you can control what you are adding and these can be easily customized too. This is my basic recipe to make cereal bars.
This is my basic recipe to make cereal bars. Basically, there are two parts to any cereal bar, the cereal, and the binding agent to bind the cereal. In this recipe, I have used caramel to bind the cereal, however, if you like to make it healthier you can try using dates too. I have used toasted rice and oats in this recipe, however you can pick your favorite cereal. Just make sure you make smarter choices when picking a cereal. Not only do I love the ease of making these cereal bars but I love the fact that they are no bake and super delicious. Most cereal bars require you to bake the cereal however, I found a better alternative here.
Since my plan is to customize the taste and toppings every week, I will be making a batch just enough to last me through the week. Say 8 by 12 inches pyrex container. instead of wasting time and energy preheating the oven and then baking the cereal, I roasted the oats in a pan which literally takes 5 minutes. Once the Oats are roasted all you need is another 5 minutes to mix the ingredients and set them in a container. Literally, 10 minutes of your time and you're done. Ofcourse you need to refrigerate the mixture to set and for the right consistency. But if you minus the refrigeration time, it's not bad at all to spend ten minutes of your time to make something healthier and more economical than any store bought option. What say?
So do you have love cereal bars? Do you prefer to buy them or make them?
What are some of your favorite toppings that you like in a cereal bar.?
What is your favorite snack on-the-go?
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- toasted rice1 1/2 cups
- oats 1 1/2 cups
- assorted raisins, nuts or treats, I used organic dark chocolate chips 1 cup
- vanilla extract 1 tbsp
- Pinch of Kosher Salt (optional)
For the Caramel
- Dry roast the oats for about 5 minutes until you see a slight change in color.
- Add oats and toasted rice in a bowl and keep aside.
- Prepare caramel
In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the butter, maple syrup and brown sugar. Heat it on high for 1 minute to melt.Stop to stir the grainy mixture.Return the bowl back into the microwave and to heat it on high for a minute. Stop to stir again. Return the bowl back into the microwave for the last time, to it on high for a minute.
- After the third time, the mixture will be boiling hot and bubbly. The caramel is now ready.
- Add the vanilla essence and stir the caramel.
- Mix the cereal, raisins, assorted nuts and chocolate chips and stir them thoroughly.
- Line wax paper or parchment paper in a 8 by 12 inches container. Spread the mixture into your dish and press it firmly with a spatula while packing it down.
- Allow the mixture to cool down if still warm and cover it.
- Let the mixture set in the refrigerator for about 2-3 hours.
- Once the mixture is set cut it into desired size bars or squares.
If incase the the mixture tastes too sweet, add a pinch of kosher salt to cut the sweetness. If you have used unsweetened cereal, you might not need to do so.