Breakfast Bars

February 27, 2012

Saturday we went to Fair Oaks Farm.  It was a girl scout outing for the family.  It’s one of the largest dairy farms in the country.  We were able to see a calf being born as well as tour the farm.  What a great way to spend a Saturday.  We also enjoyed some sweet swiss cheese.  I’d never heard of it before, but we enjoyed it so much that it didn’t last the weekend.

I think that we’ll be heading back there this summer.

I brought along a tasty treat of breakfast bars.   It was an hour and a half drive, and I’m always prepared.   I found the recipe in the current issue of Everyday Food.  I love that magazine.

This recipe is simple and lends itself to so many variations.  If you want it saltier, add 3/4 t of salt.  If you don’t want chocolate, add raisins.  Lower the peanut butter amount to 1/2 C and add some Nutella.  Use half the amount of rice krispies and add quick oats.  Don’t have cashews, just use your favorite nut.  These are a great alternative to those breakfast bars in the grocery store.  Cheaper too!

Breakfast Bars

  • 7 C Rice Krispy Cereal
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 10 oz Miniature Marshmallows
  • 3/4 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 C Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 C Salted Roasted Peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 C Salted Cashews, chopped

Prepare a nine-inch pan (or quarter sheet) with cooking spray and parchment paper.  In a large pot, melt the butter.  Add the marshmallows, peanut butter, and salt.  Stir until melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the cereal and nuts.  Let sit for a minute.  Sprinkle some of the chocolate chips onto the prepared cooking sheet.  Add the chocolate chips to the cereal mixture, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top.  Press the cereal mixture into the pan, sprinkle with reserved chocolate chips.  Let cool.  Cut into 12-16 bars.  Wrap in parchment paper or Saran.

These are a great on the go snack.  Perfect for in the car or a snack in someone’s lunch.



  1. I love that you prepared these for the drive. My husband always laughs at me because I like road trips as much for the treats as for the destination. 🙂 Sounds like a cool place to visit!

  2. I love everyday food too and still cook from the issue you recommended last summer! 🙂

    My boys would love to have these as an after-school snack. I’ll have to try them.

    It sounds like your daughter’s troop does a lot of great activities and “field trips.” I haven’t heard of sweet Swiss cheese. I wonder if it can only be found in that region.

    • Allison-
      My daughter loves these and they are so easy to to customize. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that had never heard of sweet swiss cheese, and I’ve been looking everywhere for it. I wondere if they have it at Trader Joe’s? I don’t have a Whole Foods by me, but maybe there too?

      • I’ll take a look at Whole Foods too…great idea. I’m intrigued…probably because I LOVE cheese! 🙂

  3. I am so glad you shared this recipe! I just made 2 batches this morning. My b/f golf’s every Sunday morning and I usually give him 2 granola bars for a snack. Well, I was fresh out and remember printing off this recipe. So, since I had all the ingredients already thought I would give it a try…with one modification. To the mix, once the nuts were added I threw in some sunflower and pumpkin seeds…they were AWESOME!! Thanks again!!

    • Rose-
      I’m so glad you liked them. I need to add the seeds next time too! These are way better than granola bars and I’m sure your b/f loved them. Thanks for stopping by.

      • YES, he did very much! Out with store bought granola bars and in with meeshiesmom’s breakfast bars.

        Thanks again Karen 🙂

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