What was the first recipe you learned how to make? If we remove cinnamon toast from the running, I think mine was Rice Krispie* Treats. Like most kids, I loved those cereal bars and learning how to make them on my own was pretty exciting--especially the part where you melted marshmallows!
Today I see cereal bars for what they really are: no-bake cookie bars.They're perfect when you want something sweet and crunchy right now.
Since we haven't made a no-bake recipe in Gluten-Free Tuesday, I thought I'd share my current favorite cereal bar recipe. Like most cereal bars, they're nothing fancy. The recipe uses two types of gluten-free cereal, crunchy "bake-dried" apples and chewy dried cherries plus ground flax seeds. When I mentioned to a friend that the recipe contained flax she said, "Good! I can think of this as health food!" I reminded her that these are cereal bars, not health bars. I just add the flax because I like the flavor.
*Rice Krispies by Kellogg's are not gluten-free. I ate the bars before
About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of GlutenFreeBaking.com joins us every Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America and Mount Mary College. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking.
- Yield:makes 14 bars
- Active time: 20 minutes
- Total time:2 hours 20 minutes
- 4.5 ounces (3 cups) gluten-free apple and cinnamon rings cereal
- 4.5 ounces (3 cups) gluten-free crisp rice cereal
- 3 ounces (3/4 cup) dried cherries, finely chopped
- 1 ounce (1 cup) bake-dried apple chips, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
- 2 ounces butter or shortening
- 1 (10 ounce) bag marshmallows
- non-stick gluten-free cooking spray
Lightly grease 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In large bowl, toss together cereals, dried cherries, apple chips, and ground flaxseed meal.
In large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows. Stir constantly with wooden spoon until marshmallows are melted and smooth. Add cereal mixture. Stir quickly to coat cereal with melted marshmallows. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using your hands or a piece of parchment paper, pat mixture down evenly into pan. Chill two hours or overnight. Cut into 14 bars.