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We are big cereal lovers in this house. I find a nice bowl of cereal so satisfying. I like to eat cereal anytime during the day. With the craziness of everyday life, however, I often find that I don’t have time to sit down and enjoy and bowl. Today, I am teaming up Quaker® to show you the great versatility of their cereal products. I love that cereals are not just for enjoying with a bowl of milk.
Enter these Grab & Go Breakfast Bars. Running here or there with the kids, I find that I often forget to eat, which as we all know, is not good. I thought I would be really creative to incorporate Quaker® Life and Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, two cereals that I really enjoy, into a breakfast/granola bar. This allows me to enjoy the cereals that I love in an easy to eat bar so I can eat them on the run.
I headed to my local WalMart to grab all of the ingredients I needed to make these bars. WalMart has a wonderful selection of groceries to choose from. I found the Quaker® Life and Quaker® Oatmeal Squares in the cereal aisle.
This recipe is really simple to make. I love Quaker® Life and Quaker® Oatmeal Squares with a bowl of milk so I decided to try them out in this recipe. You can certainly substitute any of the Quaker® cereals you prefer.
I begin by spreading the cereals, oatmeal, pecans and wheat germ out on a baking sheet. I pop the pan in the over for 15 minutes so everything can develop and nice toasty flavor.
While the cereal mixture is baking, I cook the honey, butter, and brown sugar on the stove. I add the vanilla at the end so the flavor does not evaporate.
I then press bars into a 11 x 7 baking dish and top with the chocolate chips. Make sure you line the baking dish with aluminum foil. The foil should hang over the edges so the bars can be lifted out once they have cooled. After they have cooled, I cut into 9 squares. The bars will be moist at first but they will harden after several hours.
- 1 cup Quaker® Life
- 1 cup Quaker® Oatmeal Squares
- 2 cups uncooked oatmeal
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- On lined baking sheet, spread cereals, oatmeal, wheat germ, and pecan and toast in oven for 15 minutes.
- While cereal mixture is toasting, line 11 x 7 baking dish with aluminum foil. Make sure there is enough hanging over sides so you can pick up when cooled. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In medium saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, salt and butter. Cook until butter is melted on medium heat. Add vanilla and turn heat off.
- Remove cereal mixture from oven and reduce oven heat to 300 degrees.
- In large mixing bowl, combine cereal mixture and liquid and mix until well incorporated.
- Spread evenly in the baking dish and press down firmly. Top with chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 300 degrees.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Once cooled. Remove from pan by grabbing the foil. Place on cutting board and cut into 9 bars.
- Store bars in an air-tight container.
Nice thing about these bars, you don’t have to eat them just for breakfast. My husband and kids love them as much as I do. They make the perfect satisfying snack anytime during the day. I hope you give these Grab & Go Breakfast Bars a try. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you like them!
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