Geez, is it the first Thursday of May already? It is and I've made no bake peanut butter cereal bars for the Peanut Butter Bash! This month's theme was peanut butter and cereal, so I pulled out one of my favorite cereals. I don't love milk, so the peanut butter crunch cereal is perfect for me. I can jam it into my mouth by the handful and avoid adding milk all together.
This just is one of my several cereal bars that I've made. There's also my maple bacon rice krispies treats which people on pinterest seem to love and cookies & cream rice crispy treats. These ones are fully loaded with peanut butter though. Because the cereal is round, I did crush some up to add a little more texture to the bars. I would imagine there would be a lot of empty space in the bars if I didn't crush some up.
The top layer of peanut butter ganache is really sort of optional. It tastes amazing, gives the bars a finished look AND a way to stick little mallow bits on it, but totally not necessary. You know me, more is more! Plus, it's a way to have more peanut butter flavor.
No Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
- 10 oz. peanut butter chips
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup mallow bits
- 3 cups peanut butter crunch cereal crushed
- 3 cups peanut butter crunch cereal whole
- 10 oz. marshmallows
- 6 T. butter sliced
- ½ cup peanut butter
- In a medium glass bowl, add in the peanut butter chips and heavy cream. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. If there are still lumps after giving it a good stir, microwave for another 45 seconds. Stir until smooth.
- Let the ganache set up for about 20 minutes until it's thickened. When you stir the ganache, the ripples will stay in it and not smooth out.
- Spray a 7x11 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add the 3 cups of peanut butter crunch cereal in a large bag. I used a storage bag. Smash the cereal until crushed. It doesn't all have to be completely crumbs, there can be big bits.
- Add the crushed and whole cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, add in the marshmallows and butter. Place over medium heat and stir occasionally. Once the butter is all melted and the marshmallows are all melted and smooth, remove from the heat.
- Add in the peanut butter and stir until combined.
- Pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with the cereal. Stir to make sure all the cereal is coated with the marshmallow and work quickly. It marshmallows will start to stiffen up quite quickly!
- Press the cereal into the prepared pan. I use a piece of wax paper that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to press it down. That will prevent most of the sticking.
- Spread the ganache that's been slightly cooled and thickened on top of the bars. Use a offset spatula to spread it out and then give it a few taps on the counter to flatten it out completely.
- Sprinkle the mallow bits on top of the ganache.
- Place in the fridge to set up.
- Cut and serve!
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
We’ve had so many readers want to join us that we’ve started a peanut butter sharing group for all! Join us at The Peanut Butter Recipe Box Facebook Group!
Bloggers, do you want to join in on the peanut butter bash fun? If so, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to join the Peanut Butter Bash facebook group! The first Thursday of each month we post a dessert/sweet with peanut butter and a mystery ingredient. This month’s ingredients were peanut butter and carrot.