Makes 12 Barshealthy no bake 3 ingredient cereal bars 3 1 e1577770883784

Ingredients:

~4 cups dry breakfast cereal (something not too sweet and preferably whole-grain for the most protein and fibre - but anything works!)

~1 cup peanut butter (or alternative nut butter/spread)

~3/4 cup maple syrup (recommended) OR honey OR a simple syrup made by heating 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar in microwave for about 30 seconds/until fully dissolved 

~1/2 cup add-ins, if desired, such as raisins, chopped nuts, dark chocolate, coconut, trail mix, etc (not necessary - they are terrific plain!)



Directions:

~ If using simple syrup instead of maple syrup/honey, begin with that step (see ingredients)

~ Line an 8x8 baking dish/pan with parchment paper

~ Measure out cereal into a large bowl

~ In saucepan, melt peanut butter over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  When melted, add maple syrup/honey/simple syrup and combine well.  Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool slightly

~ Pour mixture over cereal and add-ins (if using) and stir gently to combine without crushing cereal

~ Pour into lined pan and firmly press into place using water-dampened hands

~ Place in fridge for 30-60 mins to firm up, then slice into 12 bars and store tightly wrapped (at room temp for gooey bars, in fridge for firmer bars)