Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 4 minutes or just until mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in peanuts and cereal. Spread mixture evenly into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Place the dark chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 20 seconds. Drizzle chocolate evenly over peanut mixture. Score into 36 bars while warm.
I love these, even if it did take me 3 times to get it right. I was using 3 1/2 cups of crushed whole grain flakes and 1 1/2 cups of crushed peanuts. I could not figure out why some of the reviews were saying it turned out "gooey". I had a mess the first 2 times because the pan I cooked the peanut butter, syrup and sugar wasn't large enough to hold all of the ceral and nuts!! I stirred and stirred trying to get it all incorporated!!! The taste was great, I just knew I wasn't doing something right. Then I had an "aha" moment and realiazed that the 3 1/2 cups was BEFORE they were crushed. I'm so glad I didn't give up. Made them the third time and they turned out WONDERFUL!!!
This has now become our favorite go to snack bar for lunch. I crush the bran flakes in my food processor and melt the chocolate in the microwave just like it said. I do not use corn syrup instead use honey the same amount - works great. Sometimes we use milk chocolate instead of the dark. Also be sure to cut them and then after they are cool put in fridge to set. I then put into snack baggies and put in fridge for us to grab. If you want a great whole food alternative to peanut butter chocoalte bars these are it!
These are worth 5 stars to me, but I wouldn't make them for anything other than a snack to have around. I don't always add the nuts, since my hubby prefers them without, but I think they are so good. We love peanut butter and I like the crunch the cereal and nuts add. They are an oily bar, but they are made with peanut butter after all. I usually make them and wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge. We prefer them cooled a bit. Love them. Have been making them since they appeared in Cooking Light.
I was so disappointed by this recipe. I was so excited to make them but it was a total bust. The recipe is quite easy to make but the results were not so good. The bars were very greasy and the chocolate did not melt and so it was hard to drizzle on top of the bars. I tried chocolate chips instead b/c the chocolate did not melt well. The only time these bars tasted good was when they were first done. The bars were so messy to eat-chocolate got everywhere on your hands and the peanut butter part was greasy. I put the bars in the fridge and they were so hard you could not bite through. I ended up throwing them away as well as the recipe.
Very good and filling. My husband described these as like a meal in a bar. I'd say they aren't quite that filling, but they do the trick. I used grape nuts flakes since they are what I had on hand. They worked really well though. I didn't find the bars gooey, but since grape nut flakes are smaller than total flakes I may have added more cereal. The flakes were not ground up finely and the peanuts I left fairly chunky (1-5 mm pieces). I will definitely make these again and again and next time I may try reduced fat peanut butter.
It's definitely a yummy recipe. It came out a little gooey for me, but that's probably because they are no bake anyway. I used Lindt 80% Cacao Dark Chocolate and it tastes nice and rich with the peanut butter. I used less corn syrup in the recipe as well...just a little less than the recipe called for. Refrigerate the bars and they'll be less gooey too.
I found this recipe about 5 weeks ago and have made them every week since. I chop the peanuts and cereal up very fine in a food processor and we store the bars in the frigde so we can eat them cold. My husband and I love these bars, they are a great energy bar and so easy to make!
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