This is a great showcase of the art of improvisation! I set out to make chocolate-peanut butter cereal bars from an Everyday Food recipe. I pretty much followed the recipe, but the mixture didn’t stick together enough to cut bars. So, I improvised and turned it into puppy chow. Sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned, so learn to improvise 🙂
The following was supposed to make 12 cereal bars (give it a try, maybe it’ll work for you!):
- Cooking spray
- 2 cups chocolate crisp puffed rice cereal
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 10 oz miniature marshmallows (4 and 3/4 cups)
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (I did a mix of 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup nutella, maybe that’s where I went wrong!)
- 1/4 tsp fine salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment. Lightly spray parchment. Place cereal in a large bowl. In a large pot, melt butter over medium. Add marshmallows, peanut butter and salt, and cook, stirring until mixture is melted, about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir into cereal until combined. Let mixture cool slightly, 4 minutes (mixture should still be piliable), then stir in chocolate chips and peanuts. With a spatula (or your fingers) lightly coated with cooking spray, press into pan. Let stand at room temperature until set, about 20 minutes. Using parchment, lift from the pan and cut into 12 bars. Store in an airtight container, up to 5 days.
The mixture basically started to crumble when I pulled it out of the pan. So I grabbed large chunks and tossed with some powdered sugar in a closed zip-lock bag.