Fruit and Nut Cereal Bars
Making granola bars at home is easy and fun. Kids can choose their favorite fruit and toppings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 18 bars
1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
OR Karo® Dark Corn Syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy OR chunky)
1 package (7 ounces) OR 1-1/4 cups dried fruit pieces, such as: cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, cherries, diced apricots, etc...
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet miniature chocolate chips OR candy-coated chocolate pieces
Cook corn syrup and sugar together in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a boil (OR in a 1-quart microwave-safe container, microwave on HIGH (100%) for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes until syrup boils). Remove from heat.
Stir in baking soda and peanut butter until blended thoroughly. Add dried fruit mixture and nuts; stir to combine. Stir in cereal until thoroughly coated.
Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch pan and pat into place.
Top with miniature chocolate chips and press down.
Cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.