i should be mopping the floor: Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars

These Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars are the key to my summer mornings. Check out this delicious recipe and how I take a little time for myself during those lazy, hazy, crazy days.

Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars: no-bake cereal and nut bars are an easy way to start the day!
We're approaching the home stretch, y'all. A few more tests, field day, hugs for friends, and then we're out of school for the summer. While I absolutely love having my kids home with me during these few months, it's also a bit of a challenge as a work-at-home mom. My kids are not and have never been sleep-in-kids. They did not get this from me...goodness, I can't wrap my brain around it. They hit the ground running at seven and go all day. Having a breakfast all ready to go for them ensures I can still get a few minutes of my own time before the day gets going. That's where these no-bake Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars come in. They're perfection.



Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars: no-bake cereal and nut bars are an easy way to start the day!
One of the main rules of summer is that you prepare your own breakfast. I'm all about the pancakes and good times in the kitchen in the mornings...but those are for weekends, usually. Monday through Friday brings about its own set of breakfast situations. If the boys can get up and help themselves to a Homemade Cereal and Nut Bar and a piece of fruit, then I can at least cross off a few things on my own list in morning. One sweet way mom starts her day is with a lovely Chai Tea Latte. Since it's not easy to pack everyone up and head to the coffeehouse, I treat myself to a cup of International Delight's Chai Tea Latte at home. It's delicious. It comes in both vanilla and caramel and can be served either hot or cold. With our blazing three-digit-days, I usually opt for the chilled version. It's my way to take back ten minutes of my morning...and get the day kicked off right!


Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars: no-bake cereal and nut bars are an easy way to start the day!

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I'd love to hear some of your own ideas for entertaining the kiddos all summer...especially if your work situation is similar to mine. I try to just work in the mornings and then squeeze in some pool or movie time in the afternoons. I do take Fridays off since my husband is usually off on those days, too. But, the schedule is never perfect...I'd love to hear what others do, too. 


Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars: no-bake cereal and nut bars are an easy way to start the day!
Having a ready-made breakfast on hand is always a win-win for everyone during those summer days. I even included some delicious creamer in the glaze of these bars...just to sweeten them up a little more.

Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars
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Makes 12-18 bars

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 3/4 cup unsalted peanut halves
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons International Delight Coldstone Sweet Cream Creamer
Mix honey, brown sugar, and butter in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and, while continually stirring, allow to gently boil for about two minutes. Turn off heat. Add cereal and peanuts and stir gently to combine all ingredients. Pour into a foil-lined 9x9 pan and press down with a spatula until smooth. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. 
While bars are cooling, mix glaze of powdered sugar and International Delight Coldstone Sweet Cream Creamer. Drizzle glaze over bars. Allow glaze to firm and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.



Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars: no-bake cereal and nut bars are an easy way to start the day!
I may sneak a cereal bar for myself with my latte, too! Summer perfection.

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This conversation is sponsored by International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.







9 comments:

  1. Those sound amazing! I definitely want to make those for the kiddos.

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  2. Those cereal and nut bars sound really good. I don't generally eat in the morning even though I know I should. I could see myself grabbing one of these and munching away while busy at work on my computer.

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  3. I didn't know they made a Chai flavor. I bet that gives the cereal bar a nice flavor.

    Michelle F.

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  4. These look delicious! I've never made anything like this and looks like something I would love to make!

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  5. Using creamer is such a fabulous idea. I love all of the flavors available, and now I can have them in my coffee and my recipes.

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  6. Oh these just sound delicious! I may have to try them this weekend!

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  7. These would be perfect for my teen. She always wants to sleep until the very last minute and then rushes to find something to eat.

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  8. These sound absolutely delicious! I want to try them!

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  9. The icing on the top is the perfect finish. These look fantastic for everyone in the fam!

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