No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars

If you don’t like easy recipes, look away now.  Oh good, I’m glad you’re still looking. 🙂  No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (that’s a mouthful) are so easy to prepare, you can make them while talking on the phone and emptying out your dishwasher.  Multitasking at its finest.  Ultra-peanut buttery, these crunchy little bars pack a ton of flavor.  Try them.

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No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars

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From: Averie Cooks

Yield: one 8-by-8-inch pan, 6 to 12 squares
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2+ hours, for chilling

Ingredients

Bars

1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (don’t use natural or homemade, it’s too runny to glue the cereal together)
1/2 cup light corn syrup (light-colored, not lite)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups corn flakes cereal

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirled Topping

1/2 heaping cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/4 heaping cup creamy peanut butter, melted with the chocolate
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, for swirling on top

Directions

Bars

Prepare your baking dish by lining a square 8-inch pan with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray.  Set aside.

Combine 1 heaping cup of peanut butter, corn syrup, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large, microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Stir the mixture (it will be grainy) and heat on high for 1 more minute.  Stir in the vanilla and then stir in the cereal.  Pour the mixture into your prepared pan.  Pack the bars down evenly with a spatula.

topping

Using the same large, microwave-safe bowl (as long as you’ve scraped it out well) combine the chocolate chips and 1/4 heaping cup of peanut butter.  Heat on high for 1 minute.  Stir the mixture together, if the mixture isn’t smooth and the chips aren’t completely melted, keep microwaving in 10-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.  Pour the mixture over the bars.  Smooth the topping out with a spatula.

In small, microwave-safe bowl heat the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut butter for about 30 seconds or until melted.  Stir.  Drizzle the peanut butter over the chocolate and swirl it with the tip of a knife or toothpick.  Another method (the one I used) is pouring the peanut butter out in evenly spaced lines, rotate the pan 90 degrees, and drag a toothpick in lines over the peanut butter to create a marbled look.

Cover the bars with aluminum foil and place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the topping to set.  This will take at least 2-3 hours, to be safe I let mine set overnight.  Once set, remove the foil, cut, serve, and enjoy!  Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Line 8x8 pan with foil & spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.

Line 8×8 pan with foil & spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

Combine peanut butter, sugars, and corn syrup.

Combine peanut butter, sugars, and corn syrup.

Heat on high for 1 minute and stir.  Heat for 1 more minute.

Heat on high for 1 minute and stir. Heat for 1 more minute.

Stir in vanilla.

Stir in vanilla.

Stir in the cereal.

Stir in the cereal.

Make sure the cereal is evenly coated and then pat down into the prepared pan.

Make sure the cereal is evenly coated and then pat down into the prepared pan.

Add a heaping 1/4 cup of peanut butter and chocolate chips to a bowl.

Add a heaping 1/4 cup of peanut butter and chocolate chips to a bowl.

Heat for 30 seconds, or until melted.

Heat for 1 minute, or until melted.

Pour evenly on top of bars.

Pour evenly on top of bars.

Heat up remaining peanut butter for 30 seconds.

Heat up remaining peanut butter for 30 seconds.

Pour the peanut butter onto the chocolate topping in thick lines.

Pour the peanut butter onto the chocolate topping in thick lines.

Rotate the pan 90 degrees and create lines by dragging a toothpick.

Rotate the pan 90 degrees and create lines by dragging a toothpick.

There you have it, a marbled top!  Cover with foil and let refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.

There you have it, a marbled top! Cover with foil and let refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.

Once the bars are set, remove from the pan.

Once the bars are set, remove from the pan.

Cut them up.  I went with 6 giant squares.

Cut them up. I went with 6 giant squares.

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