One Bowl Baking: No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
The cereal choices offered to me as a kid were always healthy and pretty bleak. Shredded wheat, Grape Nuts, Rice Chex, Corn Chex...yuck. But when Grandma was in town, she'd save the day by buying my cereal of choice: Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal, aka the most delicious and crunchiest cereal ever (grandmas totally rule). Now that I'm in control of my own diet, I say why leave an awesome peanut butter cereal just for breakfast? If you thought peanut butter rice crispie treats were the bomb, then you've gotta try these.
Following the same format as a rice crispie treat, simply melt the butter and marshmallows, stir in the cereal, and press it into the pan. A few tablespoons of creamy peanut butter is added to the melted mix and a sprinkle of salt makes the peanut-y flavor pop. Though I've seen some versions with Reese's Pieces candies (which is definitely not a bad idea) I made it my own by tossing in a cup of honey roasted peanuts. The extra crunch and roasted honey flavor is out of this world.
About the Author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of the new cookbook One Bowl Baking: Simple From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts (Running Press, October 2013), and available at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, The Book Depository. Watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. Follow her Chocoholic, Chicken Dinners, Singapore Stories and Let Them Eat Cake columns on Serious Eats. Follow Yvonne on Twitter as she explores Singapore.