Now that “back-to-school” has officially transitioned into just “school,” I decided to simplify my go-to recipe for No-Bake Honey-Nut Cereal Bars into tablespoon-sized bites. They’re great for packing in lunchboxes and backpacks, and for those nights when you have to bring a snack to practice.
You only need 5 ingredients you probably already have in the pantry:
Note: Customize the ingredients to your dietary needs/preferences! For an even more allergy-friendly version, you can use plain Cheerios, plus the nuts/seeds and butter of your choice. (Think toasted almonds and almond butter, or sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter, instead of their peanut counterparts.)
The other amazing thing about this recipe (un-recipe?) is how easy it is to remember. No matter how you change things up, you’ll always need 1/3 cup each of your “binding” ingredients, and 4 cups of cereal.
To start, combine 1/3 cup each of brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
Cook uncovered in said microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so until the mixture begins to boil. Then, microwave an additional 1 minute to thicken.
Finally, spoon into rounded balls on a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. The bites will firm up on their own as they cool, but you can also pop them in the fridge for a little bit if you just can’t wait. They’re safe to store at room temp for up to a week, but if your family is anything like mine, I doubt they’ll last that long!