No Bake Breakfast Bars
Cranberry Maple Breakfast Bars
Banana Oat Bars

No Bake Breakfast Bars 

1 ½ cups peanut butter 

1 cup honey 

¾ cups brown sugar 

5 cups oat flake dry cereal (may use bran cereal instead of oat) 

Spray a 13x9x2 dish with cooking spray and set aside.  In a large saucepan over medium heat combine the peanut butter, honey and brown sugar.  Bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.  Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the cereal.  Mix well.  Use a buttered spatula to press the cereal mixture evenly into the prepared pan.  Allow cereal mixture to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting it into 24 cereal bars. 

Recipe makes 24 servings 

Cranberry Maple Breakfast Bars 

1 cup dried cranberries, chopped 

½ cup pecans, chopped 

½ cup maple syrup 

2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats 

½ cup multigrain hot cereal 

½ cup milk 

3/4 cup butter or margarine 

1 teas. ground cinnamon 

¼ teas. salt 

1 teas. vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9×9 baking dish with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.  Place the oats and pecans on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes.  Shake the oats and pecans halfway through cooking time.  Cook this mixture until it is fragrant and golden.  Transfer cooked oats and pecans to a large bowl and add the chopped cranberries.  In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the milk to a boil.  Stir the multi-grain cereal into the milk and remove the saucepan from the heat.  Allow saucepan with cereal to stand for 2 minutes. Add the butter or margarine, maple syrup , cinnamon and salt to the mixture in the saucepan and return the saucepan to the stove over low heat.  Heat this mixture until thickened, about 6-7 minutes.  Remove saucepan from stove and stir in vanilla extract.  Add this cereal mixture to the oats mixture and mix well.  Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and flatten the mixture evenly.  Use a large piece of wax paper over top of the bar mixture to flatten, spread and firmly compact the bars evenly in the pan.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to cool completely.  Use the foil liner to lift the bars from the pan.  Transfer the bars to a cutting board, remove the foil and cut the mixture into 16 bars. 

Recipe makes 16 servings 

Banana Oat Bars 

2 bananas, mashed 

2 cups rolled oats 

2 carrots, grated 

1 apple, grated 

½ cup chopped walnuts 

1 cup unsweetened applesauce 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.  In a mixing bowl mix together the oats, banana, carrot, apple, applesauce and walnuts and spread this mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Place baking dish in preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes until bars are golden brown.  Cool and slice into 12 bars. 

Recipe makes 12 servings