Bam Bam Bars

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July 17, 2012 by Flora Dawn

Bam Bam Bars Directions:

I used about 4 cups crispy rice cereal and 2 cups Cocoa Pebbles.

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. In a large saucepan (nonstick is perfect), combine the sugar and corn syrup. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly, until mixture is  bubbly and sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add the cereal and stir until evenly coated. Pour into the prepared pan and press down with a spatula or wooden spoon (you might want to spray it with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to the bars too much). Allow to cool at room temperature before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

I find it super exciting when my kids have started reading. Not only do they read books, but they read every sign, ad, and cereal box. So, obviously my enthusiasm is short-lived, because there are so many signs, ads, and cereal boxes they hadn’t really noticed yet up to this point.

Recently we were on a bargain hunt at The Grocery Outlet (which has been a wonderful place to find gluten-free food at affordable prices for a change), and my 5-year-old is scans the cereal aisle, looking for Chex, her go-to gluten-free cereal. She starts jumping up and down and proclaiming, quite excitedly, ” Cocoa Pebbles Cocoa Pebbles. They’re gluten-free, they’re gluten-free.”

Of course, she has never had Cocoa Pebbles. In fact she doesn’t even know who the cartoon on the front is. She just knows it’s chocolate breakfast cereal and the box says it’s gluten-free.

I contemplated the  issue. I am fairly opposed to chocolate breakfast cereal. If you are going to eat chocolate for breakfast it should be a piece of layer cake or a fudge brownie, not some chocolate-flavored, rice flake thing. Or whatever Cocoa Pebbles is.

But, we did buy Cocoa Pebbles. And she did love them. But I had another idea…much less breakfast-like.

I figured you could make cereal bars, however I didn’t want these over-the-top sweet. Don’t get me wrong, these are sweet, but I used about 4 cups of crispy rice cereal and only 2 cups of the Cocoa Pebbles. I think you could use more or all Cocoa Pebbles, it would just be very sweet.

If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter (and really, who isn’t) then these are a must try.



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