Guess what, friends? I made something yummy! (If you know me at all, you’ll understand why that is such a surprise…) Anyway, I’m no chef, and this isn’t a food blog, but occasionally I get a hankering for something and have to figure out how to make it myself, which is exactly what I did.
Here’s the dilemma I was faced with: I rise and shine (well, mostly just rise) between 5:00-5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday for work. I leave my house at 6:15 a.m. I then spend the next 90 minutes or so in my car before arriving at work. A couple of notes:
–> I will not get up any earlier than necessary to cook breakfast
–> If I can’t eat it in my car, I just won’t eat.
–> I’ve grown very weary of Fiber One bars
Solution: No-Bake Cereal Bark (TA-DA!!!)
I started thinking about how much I really enjoy cereal, but it is rather difficult to eat cereal in the car. Trust me, I’ve done the large-plastic-cup-with-cereal-and-milk-thing before and it never ends well. After consulting with my good friends Martha (Stewart) and Betty (Crocker), I came up with a handful of ingredients that, when thrown together in the right proportions, just might turn into something yummy and healthy! Score!
- Cereal – I chose Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Roasted
- Dried fruit – I used bananas
- Dried milk
- Light brown sugar
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate chips
First, measure roughly 3 cups of cereal. Pour into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and proceed to take out your frustrations on that poor bag of cereal. Pour into a large bowl.
Next, measure 1 cup of dried fruit, and proceed to take out even more of your frustration on that innocent fruit. Add to large bowl.
Then, add 1/3 cup dried milk to large bowl of severely beaten cereal and dried fruit.
Grab a small pan and add to it the following:
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 1/2 – 1 cup honey (the more the better, if you ask me)
On low heat, combine the honey and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves completely.
Add the peanut butter to the melted honey and sugar mixture and fold together until just combined.
Add melty gooey-liciousness to the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
Top with a big handful of chocolate chips. Now comes the fun part. Wet your hands a little, and stick those suckers in that bowl and squish around all the ingredients until well mixed. It’s very messy, but it’s the only way to mix it well.
Press mixture into a square pan and freeze for about an hour.
Break into chunks then eat! YUM!
I will definitely try this with other cereals and fruits. My next concoction will have dried apples and cinnamon in it – perfect healthy snack for fall!
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What is your go-to breakfast of champions?
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