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Gluten-Free Sweet Chili and Pepita Cereal Bars

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  • 10 min prep time
  • 3 hr 10 min total time
  • 6 ingredients
  • 16 servings
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These cereal bars have just the right balance of spicy and sweet. They’re great for an on-the-go snack.

Ingredients

1/3
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup butter
1/3
cup honey
1/2
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4
cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal, coarsely crushed
1/2
cup roasted and salted pepitas

Steps

  • 1 Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray or butter.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter, honey and pepper flakes to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
  • 3 In medium bowl, add crushed cereal and pepitas; pour honey mixture over cereal mixture, and stir to coat.
  • 4 Press mixture firmly in pan with greased hands or back of wooden spoon. Cool completely, at least 3 hours. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.
  • 1 Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray or butter.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter, honey and pepper flakes to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
  • 3 In medium bowl, add crushed cereal and pepitas; pour honey mixture over cereal mixture, and stir to coat.
  • 4 Press mixture firmly in pan with greased hands or back of wooden spoon. Cool completely, at least 3 hours. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.

Expert Tips

To crush cereal, place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag, and crush with hands or rolling pin.

Adjust heat intensity of these bars by going up or down in amount of crushed red pepper flakes.

Bars can also be stored covered in refrigerator.

Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
129.9
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6.5g
10%
Saturated Fat
2.8g
14%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10.2mg
3%
Sodium
62.4mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
17.5g
6%
Dietary Fiber
0.5g
2%
Sugars
11.4g
Protein
1.8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
3.60%
4%
Calcium
3.90%
4%
Iron
17.30%
17%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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