Cap’n Crunch Milk & Cereal Snack Bars

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Summer is almost over and the new school year is just around the corner. Say what?! Where did Summer go? What’s more terrifying is that Ian will be starting pre-K. I think I’m gonna cry. He’s not my baby anymore. *sniff* I also might cry because mornings are usually rather hectic in this house, making breakfast time a bit chaotic. It’s a good thing Quaker is there to the rescue and offers a variety of breakfast and snack options for those preparing to get into the swing of the school season!

Okay, I will admit that the Quaker Instant Oatmeals were my absolute favorite growing up. Who here fought with their siblings over the last Strawberries & Cream packet? *raises hand slowly* Oh, just me and my sisters? *drops hand* Well, remember when the variety boxes used to include the “Regular” oatmeal packets and then you’d fight to get a flavored one? Aha! Now everyone has their hands raised! My mom would get exasperated over the fights. Well, no more! The Quaker Instant Variety Packs now have all flavored options. Woo hoo!

But anyway, that is not why we’re here. We’re here because I can’t wait to share with you my new recipe! Since we’re walking down memory lane, let’s talk about those Milk ‘N Cereal Bars. Oh my word! I LOVED when my mom would put those in my lunch box! I’m so excited because now I can make my own and use whatever cereal I want. This mommy is in cereal bar heaven! Today, I am going to show you how to make Cap’N Crunch Peanut Butter Milk & Cereal Bars.

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But frankly, you can make it with any of the Cap ‘N Crunch Cereals (or any cereal of your choice). That’s what’s so awesome about this recipe! It’s quite versatile.

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For the cereal bar part of the recipe, you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • 7-8 cups Cap’N Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal (or any cereal of your choice)
  • 3 cups oat flour (finely ground oats)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (preferably unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 TB vanilla

For the “milk” filling, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 TB powdered sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 TB hot water

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In a large mixing bowl, combine your cereal, oat flour, and salt.

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In a medium-sized microwavable bowl, combine the butter, honey, and brown sugar. Microwave it on high for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave the mixture for 3 more minutes, stirring between each minute.

After the last minute, the mixture will be bubbly and foamy. Be careful removing it from the microwave, as it will be very hot!

Carefully stir in the vanilla. (It will bubble when the vanilla comes in contact with the hot mixture. That is normal.)

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Next, pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until the cereal is coated.

Line an 8 x 11 pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour half the cereal mixture into the pan and press it down firmly. To do this well, lay another piece of parchment paper on top and press down. You can also use something heavy to help you press it.

Set the pan aside so that it can start cooling while you make the filling for the “milk” center. (To speed up the cooling process, put the pan in the fridge.)

For the filling, combine all the ingredients and blend together with a hand mixer.

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The filling will become like a paste. You want that to happen. While blending it, the filling might just bead up. That’s okay. You can then stop blending and finish mixing it with a spoon.

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Then, spread the “milk” filling on top of the first layer of cereal. It will be a bit difficult to spread, so you may need to use your hands to get it spread out evenly.

Finally, pour the other half of your cereal mixture on top and press it down firmly the same way you did with the first layer of cereal.

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Cut your creation into snack sized bars, and there you have it! The perfect homemade snack option for those back to school lunches!

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Both me and my family can attest that they taste as good as they look! Like I said, if you aren’t a fan of the Cap’N Crunch flavors, you can use any cereal you like. The options are endless!

To make snack time even more exciting, Quaker now has a new cereal bar flavor . . . Birthday Cake! We all know how much I LOVE cake batter flavored stuff, so I can not wait to try this new cereal bar!

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Many Walmart stores are carrying the Family Size Chewy Dipps Chocolate Chip granola bar boxes with a bonus Birthday Cake bar in each box! So, you can try the new flavor without having to buy a whole box! I went ahead and bought a whole box because, hey, you can never have too much cake batter flavor (in my humble opinion).

And, to make things easier, you don’t even have to walk all over creation to find everything. It’s all in one aisle (usually the cereal aisle). Talk about convenient!

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Here’s the recipe altogether:

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Cereal Bar Ingredients:

  • 7-8 cups Cap’N Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal (or any cereal of your choice)
  • 3 cups oat flour (finely ground oats)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (preferably unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 TB vanilla

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 TB powdered sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 TB hot water

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine your cereal, oat flour, and salt.
  2. In a medium-sized microwavable bowl, combine the butter, honey, and brown sugar. Microwave it on high for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave the mixture for 3 more minutes, stirring between each minute. (After the last minute, the mixture will be bubbly and foamy. Be careful removing it from the microwave, as it will be very hot!)
  3. Carefully stir in the vanilla. (It will bubble when the vanilla comes in contact with the hot mixture. That is normal.)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until the cereal is coated.
  5. Line an 8 x 11 pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour half the cereal mixture into the pan and press it down firmly. To do this well, lay another piece of parchment paper on top and press down. You can also use something heavy to help you press it.
  6. Set the pan aside so that it can start cooling while you make the filling for the “milk” center. (To speed up the cooling process, put the pan in the fridge.)
  7. For the filling, combine all the ingredients and blend together with a hand mixer. (The filling will become like a paste. You want that to happen. While blending it, the filling might just bead up. That’s okay. You can then stop blending and finish mixing it with a spoon.)
  8. Spread the “milk” filling on top of the first layer of cereal. It will be a bit difficult to spread, so you may need to use your hands to get it spread out evenly.
  9. Pour the other half of your cereal mixture on top and press it down firmly the same way you did with the first layer of cereal.
  10. Slice into bars and package individually for lunches.

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Which Quaker item, whether breakfast or snack, was always your favorite for school days?

What cereal would you use to make these delicious milk & cereal bars?

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  • Meagan Carpenter

    Can you sub butter for shortening? Or something a little healthier?

    • I’ve subbed coconut oil for the shortening, and that worked out pretty well. I also think the next time I make these, I will cut back a bit on the honey. The bars didn’t stay crisp for as long as I would have liked. So, I think cutting back on the honey will prevent them from losing their crisp after being stored for a few days.