M&Ms Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

October 13: National M&M Day

More than two decades ago, as newlyweds on our first visit to Highlander’s sister Linda R.’s home northeast of Reno, Nevada, her family welcomed us hungry travelers with a plate of colorful M&M treats. Our niece, Nichole, noticed how we devoured enjoyed snacking on them that she offered to write down the recipe from her mother’s cookbook. At the time, she was just a young grade schooler learning how to write letters (she is now a newlywed herself)!

Whenever we visit the family, they prepare other delicious snacks for us, showing their hospitality and love. M&Ms peanut butter cereal bars remind us of Nichole whose lucky husband Dylan N. is now enjoying her cooking. And everyone can also devour these delicious M&Ms peanut butter cereal bars with this recipe especially on National M&Ms Day.

Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

Combine cereal and M&Ms in a bowl. Set aside. In a large pot, melt the butter, peanut butter and salt together.

Stir in the marshmallows and mix until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Fold in the cereal and M&Ms, making sure everything is combined well.

In a greased 10×10 inch square (or 9×13 inch rectangle) pan, gently press the cereal mixture. Let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into 9 thick squares or 12 bars.

Notes

  • We welcomed niece Nichole and her new husband Dylan with this snack and her handwritten recipe when they came to visit us while RVing across America for a belated honeymoon. She was happily surprised that we saved that handwritten recipe after all these years. The cookbook from which she copied the recipe cannot be found and is no longer published. So this handwritten keepsake can be passed on to others, including her future children.
  • Sometimes we change out the colors of M&Ms to red and green and make these peanut butter bars and package them for Christmas treats.
  • Make more M&Ms treats, like peanut butter cookies.
  • Cook the classic Rice Krispies treats (regular or chocolate).

 

Cheerios Bars

Cheerios Bars

March 7: National Cereal Day

For a Glee-themed get-together at Islander’s brother’s university, we brought over Cheerios bars to represent the popular television show’s cheerleaders who are nicknamed “Cheerios.” These cereal-based snacks are packed with peanuts and peanut butter for protein and are sweetened with honey, sugar and chocolate for an energy boost. The college kids said they even like to eat these Cheerios bars for a quick breakfast as they dash off to their morning classes. And “Gleeks” like to munch on them while watching the show. Make Cheerios bars for an easy snack, for a Glee-themed get-together or for National Cereal Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Cheerios cereal
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon butter (for greasing a 9×9-inch pan)

Directions

Grease a 9×9-inch pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cereal with peanuts and chocolate chips.

Cheerios Bars

In a saucepan, heat the honey with the sugar until dissolved. Remove from the stove top and mix in the peanut butter until smooth.

Cheerios Bars

Pour into the cereal mixture. Combine all ingredients well, allowing the melted chocolate to coat everything. Place into the greased pan, pressing down evenly. Let cool before slicing into bars or squares.

Cheerios Bars

Notes

  • Cheerios (originally named “Cheeri-Oats”) debuted in 1941 as the first oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal in America. There are a variety of flavors currently on the market. Try any of one of them instead of the original flavor for the recipe above to create different taste combinations.