With just a handful of flavorful ingredients (including chocolate and peanut butter), these crispy no-bake bars are delish as a snack or dessert.
– Rolled oats – Crispy rice cereal – Chocolate chips – Unsweetened natural peanut butter – Brown rice syrup – Dried cherries or raisins – Shredded unsweetened coconut
Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and brown rice syrup to a large heat-proof bowl. (Use smooth natural and unsweetened peanut butter.)
Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth, stopping to stir. (It should take a minute).
Add the cereal, oats, cereal, and dried cherries. I love this with dried cherries, but raisins work too. You can also skip this addition if you want to simplify.
Stir with a wooden spoon, then use your (clean) hands to massage the ingredients together until well incorporated.
Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving enough on the sides for you to lift the bars out of the pan.
Pour into pan and use your hands to press down firmly and evenly. Chill for 10-20 minutes until they have firmed up a bit.
Use the parchment to remove from the pan, and slice into bars. Serve chilled (they will be firmer) or at room temperature.
To store, wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in a zip top bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Slice into smaller pieces if desired. Or make thinner bars by using a 9×11-inch pan instead of the 8×8-inch pan I show here.
Tip: You can substitute ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut for some of the oats, if desired. I find this to be really yummy!