Sunday, August 17, 2008

Peanut Butter Fiber One Bars

I am a big fan of all the Fiber One products, but far and away the most delicious are Fiber One bars. So sweet and good. So when I saw this recipe for homemade Fiber One bars on Must Love Chutney I knew I had to make them. Having recently discovered the wonderfulness that are homemade granola bars I was eager to try a new twist, plus I had about three full boxes of Fiber One cereal sitting in my pantry that needed to be put to good use. I followed the recipe almost exactly, except I used cashews for the nuts and threw in some wheat germ for extra nutrition. These are super quick to make, however mine did not hold together well at all. Even after I refrigerated them in an attempt to meld them a bit they still ended up crumbling apart.

I managed to get a few bars to stay intact but for the most part I ended up with Fiber One trail mix. No worries as far as I'm concerned though - this stuff tastes damn good no matter how you eat it. And I can't stop eating it. I plan to use the trail mix portion in my yogurt, but the treats that stayed in bar form have been gradually devoured by me all day long. I will definitely make these again soon...maybe tomorrow. :) I am trying to figure out how to make them stay together a little better though - any suggestions?

Peanut Butter Fiber One Bars
2 1/2 cups Fiber One cereal
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped almonds or peanuts
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

In a large bowl, stir together the cereal, oats and nuts. Set aside. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine the brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat just until boiling, then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, salt, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Pour over the cereal and oat mixture, stirring quickly (as sugar mixture cools it hardens quickly). Immediately press mixture into the prepared pan using the back of a large spatula. Lightly press chocolate chips into top of bars (if using). Allow to cool slightly, then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 18 bars.


Claire said...

Mmmmm...I love fiber one. Their bars are pretty good but also super sweet. This looks interesting.

Chutney Love said...

I'm glad you tried the bars! But bummer that they ended up too crumbly. They've held together well for me the 3Xs I've made them... in your case, it might be worth adding 1/4 cup more PB for increased moisture/"glue."

I'll try the same to see what happens!

HannaBanana4511 said...

I made these today and they were liked by all! I was worried about the problem you had with them sticking together but they held together great!

Smiler said...

I wonder if you crunched up the cereal a little if they would stick better (not so many big pieces) I want to try these as soon as my other bars are gone. Thanks for posting.