Chocolate Covered Cereal Bars

We don’t really eat cereal over here.  It definitely isn’t a breakfast staple, but every now and then I will buy a “healthy” box of cereal as a little treat that we eat as a snack or I make into a dessert.  One of my favorite brands is Love Grown.  They make gluten-free, non-GMO, organic cereal out of beans and rice.  

My favorite flavor is the Original Power O’s because they don’t have any added sugar or sweeteners; making them quite versatile, plus I’m always on board with low sugar options.  The Original Power O’s only have a few ingredients: Bean blend (navy beans, lentils, garbanzo beans), brown rice, salt, vitamin E (to maintain freshness).  Simple and pretty healthy as far as cereals go!

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I used Love Grown’s Original Power O’s to make these Chocolate Covered Cereal Bars.  Growing up, my mom always made bars similar to these during the holidays.  We called them “Special K Bars” because they were made with Special K cereal.  They also contained loads of refined sugar and corn syrup.  Since I try to avoid gluten, refined sugar and corn syrup I wanted to come up with a healthier version of this childhood favorite; thus these Chocolate Covered Cereal Bars were born.

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Chocolate Covered Cereal Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Love Grown Original Power O’s (or similar cereal)
  • 1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter (salted)
  • 1/4 Cup maple syrup
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan combine peanut butter and maple syrup.  Place saucepan on stovetop and stir on low heat until well mixed.
  2. Remove from heat.  Add cereal to saucepan and stir until cereal is well coated.
  3. Pour cereal mixture into lined pan (8″x8″).  Press down using spatula or wax paper.
  4. In small saucepan, add chocolate chips and melt on low heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Once chocolate is fully melted, remove from heat and pour over cereal base.  Use spatula to spread out evenly.
  6. Place cereal bars in fridge to harden (at least an hour).
  7. Cut and serve.

I recommend storing these bars in the fridge.

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