That Ubiquitous No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bar Recipe

The other day at breakfast, I went all out and dove into a bowl of the most boring cereal in the world. Bet you are sitting on the edge of your seat by now.
I mean, does a bowl of corn flakes really excite you and fill you up? I’m lucky if it lasts me for more than 1 hour. Give me protein to keep me going! Give me fiber to, er, keep me going? And while you’re at it, give me $10’000 in small bills!

You might be wondering why I had corn flakes handy in the first place if we’re such archnemesises. Archnemeses. if we don’t like each other that much. Or you might just not give a hoot, in which case I applaud you.
The real reason is that Joni’s recipe for sweet potato po’ boys calls for them. Let me tell you I took great pleasure in crushing the living corn out of those flakes.
While I know I will make the boys again because this is one great way to put the corn flakes to use, I didn’t want the cereal to go stale before then.

Which is why I turned the bowl of gloom & doom up there into this:

A super simple, been-done-so-many-times-before, no-bake bar usually made of puffed rice. You know the one. Do I even have to tell you how to do it? Here are the guidelines I used. Find my tweaks below. I happen to have amaretto-flavored agave nectar and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else. It was love at first rotten tooth.

The over-the-top dessert lover in me considered adding a layer of chocolate ganache or a simple melted chocolate drizzle, but the memory of being so sick on sweets earlier that day (to the point where my head started spinning and I spoke in tongues) put me back in my place.

I know this is a cop-out recipe and feel just an eensy bit embarrassed for posting it, but I figure there might be other corn flakes nihilists out there who might want to form a club. We could even come up with a Scorn for Corn logo and knit our own sweaters with vegan-friendly yarn and stuff.

Look, it’s that Ubiquitous No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bar Recipe!:

8 cups corn flakes
1 cup agave nectar*
3/4 cup evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar
1 cup crunchy natural peanut butter, use unsweetened and salted or add a pinch of sea salt

Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with wax paper. Place corn flakes in a large bowl.
Cook nectar, sugar and peanut butter until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Pour mixture over corn flakes and stir gently until cereal is completely coated.
Press down firmly with an extra piece of wax paper. Cool in the fridge before cutting into bars.

Yield: A lot. Or not, if you have no self-control. Okay, how about 24?

*Someone used 3/4 cup agave nectar with great success. I haven’t tried yet, but will soon.

  • Myles says:

    What if I substitute the corn flakes with frosted flakes, how much sugar should i use so I don’t get a sugar high.

  • Ian says:

    Is any of this optional, or are there any substitutes for the more uncommon things such as the necar and evaporated sugar stuff? Thatnks1

  • Michele says:

    Could one use Nutella rather than peanut butter? And leave out the sugar?
    Yay, Nutella. Boo, sugar.

    • Celine says:

      Nutella is sugar free now? Things sure have changed since I was a kid.

      I think there must be a similar cereal-based bar recipe out there that would be made with Nutella, rather than you taking the risk of switching this one with uncertain results.

  • Emma says:

    The recipe says corn flakes but the photo clearly shows Cheerios!

    • Celine says:

      time for an eye doc appointment, perhaps?
      been staring at it for a bit and I see where you could think they’re O’s rather than flakes. right side of the bar/photo, yeah?
      rest assured they’re just crushed flakes who felt like channeling their inner O’s in death.

  • Gwen says:

    I made this with one box (6.5 cups) of Koala Crisp (basically chocolate rice crispies). 1 cup agave, 1 cup peanut butter, no sugar. So good. Tried to get the kids to agree that some kind of high fiber multi-grain flakes would be better, but no luck. ;-)