Crunchy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars Recipe

Captain Crunch any time of the day. Yvonne Ruperti

The cereal choices offered to me as a kid were always healthy and pretty bleak. Shredded wheat, Grape Nuts, Rice Chex, Corn Chex...yuck. But when Grandma was in town, she'd save the day by buying my cereal of choice: Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal, aka the most delicious and crunchiest cereal ever (grandmas totally rule). Now that I'm in control of my own diet, I say why leave an awesome peanut butter cereal just for breakfast? If you thought peanut butter rice crispie treats were the bomb, then you've gotta try these.

Following the same format as a rice crispie treat, simply melt the butter and marshmallows, stir in the cereal, and press it into the pan. A few tablespoons of creamy peanut butter is added to the melted mix and a sprinkle of salt makes the peanut-y flavor pop. Though I've seen some versions with Reese's Pieces candies (which is definitely not a bad idea) I made it my own by tossing in a cup of honey roasted peanuts. The extra crunch and roasted honey flavor is out of this world.

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Active: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 9 servings

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows (47 large)
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 5 1/2 cups Captain Crunch Peanut Butter cereal
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Directions

  1. Grease a 9- by 9-inch pan. Heat butter in large saucepan (preferably non-stick) over medium-low heat until almost melted. Add marshmallows and salt and heat, stirring, until marshmallows have melted.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until combined. Stir in cereal and peanuts until combined. Immediately spread into pan and press to smooth top. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes.

Special equipment

9- by 9-inch pan