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Oatios Bars

What you need: 

1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 1/2 cups O-shaped cereal such as Oatios
Optional:
carob or vegan chocolate chips and/or chopped peanuts

What you do: 

Mix together syrup and peanut butter and melt in a pan. When mixture is smooth, add cereal, and stir to coat. You may also wish to embellish the recipe by adding a handful of carob or chocolate chips or chopped peanuts.
Press mixture into a lightly greased oblong pan, and let it cool. (You may need to refrigerate in order for it to harden.) When cool, cut into squares, and enjoy.

Preparation Time: 
5-10 min
Cooking Time: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I was going to say "Yum" but I didn't want to have 3 "Yum"s in a row.  They were really good though, not gooey or anything so they don't really stay together too well unless you keep them in the freezer, but they were super quick to whip up and were very "Yummy!".  It's hard to beat a 3 ingredient treat w/ no baking required. :)

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Yummy!
I added 2 handfulls of oats, and agave nectar.

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YUM! I used oat bran flakes (3 cups) and hemp granola (1/2 cup) instead of O-shaped cereal, simply out of preference. I added about 3/4 cup chocolate chips - they did melt, but I liked it that way. I froze the bars for about an hour, but after cutting they still broke. After tasting them though, I really don't care - they are SO tasty! They remind me a lot of Chex Muddy Buddies (a.k.a. "puppy chow") without the powdered sugar. I bet rolling them into balls (and then optionally rolling in powdered sugar) would be good too! Anyway, thanks for this recipe; it was SO easy to make and even easier to enjoy!!!

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I made this in addition to some baked goods for a bake sale & everyone went crazy over them! Super delicious and so easy!

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I was so happy to see a recipe like this without added granulated sugar - most peanut butter bars/cornflake bars recipes have syrup AND sugar, and I think it's way too sweet.  This recipe is very adaptable and as long as you keep the proportions roughly the same you can play around with it quite a lot.  I only had about half of the required amount of maple syrup, so made up the difference in corn syrup.  I also threw in a few spare vegan marshmallows for good measure and let them melt with the peanut butter.  I didn't measure out the cereal at all, just dumped some in along with some unsalted peanuts and sunflower seeds.  Instead of putting it in a pan and cutting it into bars, I dropped it onto waxed paper to make balls.  I've already snatched one and they are fabulous!  We're going on a long car trip tomorrow and I made these to quench the kids' munchies so they wouldn't be asking for gas station junk food along the way - I think they'll do the trick!

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Instead of using the full 1/2 maple syrup, I substituted some of it with Suzanne's Ricemellow Fluff.  I usually stuff cheerios into my fluffernutters, so this made a really good combination for me =D

The only problem (and I knew it would be) is that they didn't stay crunchy after they cooled.  They don't really hold together, either, so I've been eating it by spoonsfull out of the pan.

Overall- very very yummy combination!

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