Round Up & Black Friday Energy……
Is everyone ready for tomorrow? We don’t celebrate big for Thanksgiving here, we just enjoy being with each other, just the four of us. All our family lives far away so it is just us, and you know what? That is ok. 🙂 Now for those who plan on going out the day after Thanksgiving and trying to survive the mad rush of Black Friday I don’t know if I tip my hat to you for your bravery, or outright insanity! I will admit, I have NEVER gone out on Black Friday. There is nothing I want bad enough that I am willing to brave the cold and the crowds at 4:00 am for. 🙂 For those of you that are going out, go out prepared! I am handing you a NO BAKE cereal bar that is packed with energy, only takes minutes to make, and you can grab on your way out the door! (Don’t forget to add a little of that left over whipped cream from your pumpkin pie to the top of your coffee for a little added zing!)
If you are going to go out in the craziness that is Black Friday make sure your stomach is full, you’ve had your coffee, and you are wearing your running shoes! The recipe I am going to share with you today will get you through your shopping trip full of energy, and without being hungry. I initially made these breakfast bars on a whim. I bought a bunch of boxes of Special K cereal when they were on sale at Kroger and I accidentally grabbed one that has chocolate flakes. I absolutely detest chocolate cereal in any way, shape, or form! I thought I had grabbed all of the chocolate lovers with chocolate bits and strawberries and VANILLA flakes, but no somehow this box of cereal with chocolate flakes snuck in there. For those of you who know me, or have been reading my blog log enough, you know that I hate waste. To waste food is like throwing money down the drain to me, I just can’t do it. I figured there had to be some way to repurpose this cereal so it wouldn’t just sit in the pantry and not get eaten. (It was already open otherwise I would have donated it with our other food donations.) Then it dawned on me, cereal bars, and I am so glad that I gave it a shot! The best part is, you can actually use any cereal that you have for this recipe. (You know when you have 10 boxes and each only has ¼ cup of cereal left in the bottom, or crumbs.) Super easy, and great for leftovers!
Oh, I just remembered that I also promised everyone a Thanksgiving recipe round up from over the last month or so. So, here you go!
Overall I wish you a warm and happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what is on the table, and who is around the table. Don’t stress over the cooking, that isn’t the important part… and if you go out on Friday, be safe! And when you get home, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Easy No Bake Breakfast Bars
By Angie Gouchenour
3 cups Special K chocolate almond cereal (2 cups ground) (Or cereal of your choice)
1 cup chunky peanut butter
2 Tablespoons light butter
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring or extract
2 teaspoons Truvia zero calorie sweetener
In a blender blend 2 cups of cereal to flour texture
In a small sauce pan melt together peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and Truvia
Stir in ground cereal and whole cereal
Pat into a square casserole dish (You may need to spray your fingers with non-stick cooking spray to keep the mixture from lifting) Make sure to press firmly
Let mixture cool and cut into 16 square/bars
133 calories per bar