Monday, May 1, 2017

No-Bake Cereal Protein Bites

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Good morning and happy Monday!  Did everyone have a good weekend?  We were at a pirate pub crawl at the beach Saturday, and then Mike's dad arrived in town late that night.  It's been go-go-go since then, and I know today is going to be one of those where I need all the caffeine I can find.  I'm the type of person who doesn't necessarily hit the snooze button a million times, instead, the night before, I just set the alarm for the last possible second I can to have time to wake up, shower, change, and run out the door.  What suffers?  Breakfast.  I tell myself I'll grab something on the way to work or when I get there, but I typically don't and am starving well before lunch time.  To speed up my morning prep and make sure I have breakfast ready, I have begun making these delicious cereal bites each weekend.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
2 cups of your favorite Kellogg's cereal (I purchased Rice Krispies 18 oz for this week as well as Apple Jacks 17 oz for next)
1/3 cup each of three mix-ins (your choice of flaked coconut, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips)
Directions:
1. In the microwave, heat peanut butter in a large bowl for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds.
2. Once peanut butter is melted, add in honey and stir to combine.
3. Pour in Rice Krispies, then mix-ins.  My favorite combination is dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and coconut flakes.
4. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and pour cereal mix up to the top in each cup.
5. Press down the mixture in each cup to form individual bars.  To keep your finger from sticking to the peanut butter, lightly spray them with baking spray.
6. Top each cup with a few more mix-ins, (I also like adding a few mini chocolate chips at this step) and allow one hour to set.
This recipe makes 12 cups.  I place two cups in five zip-top bags, and these protein bites are so delicious that I end up eating at least one each Sunday when I'm prepping for the week!
If you're looking for even more inspiration for tasty combinations, just head to the cereal aisle at Target where you can find large sized Kellogg cereals for $2.99 both in-store and online at Target.com.
If I'm looking to switch it up a little, another cereal favorite is Apple Jacks with peanuts, dry oatmeal, and butterscotch chips.  For even more breakfast recipes, visit the Kellogg social hub!

Are you a breakfast person? How many times did you hit the snooze button this Monday morning?

16 comments:

Jen said...

These are so easy! I love snacks like this, little work for a delicious outcome.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

That pub crawl sounds like so much fun! And yes to easy grab and go breakfasts, be still my Target-beating heart <3
Green Fashionista

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

This looks so yummy! I could eat cereal all day, everyday so I love the combo here!

Robin said...

Thank you for sharing these. I definitely want to make them. I need more easy things to eat for breakfast.

Zelle B. said...

These look so good!

Zelle
Southern Style

BLovedBoston said...

You had me at no bake!! I like anything that saves me time in the AM! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis said...

These sound great! What a fun combination of ingredients.

Girl Meets Bow said...

Ok, these look super yummy and so easy! I need to try them this busy week :)

Missy said...

This looks like a great on the go breakfast! I am going to have to try these for sure!

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

These look so yummy!! You have such great ideas in the kitchen, girl!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

Delicious! I love good to-go breakfasts and no bake is my language!

Pat Mitchell said...

How long do you think they will keep? In refrigerator?

Meg Taylor said...

Hi Pat! I keep my protein cups on the counter in sealed ziplock bags, and they keep for a week or so (still as crunchy as ever). Let me know if you decide to make them!

CarlyAnn Bee said...

I made these and they never firmed up. Do you recommend mute cereal, less PB or honey, or something else. Should I press down harder? They are delicious, but I'm having technical difficulties. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

CarlyAnn Bee said...

Oops! More cereal?

Meg Taylor said...

Hi CarlyAnn, I suggest pressing them more firmly into each cup. Spray your hands with a cooking spray so they don't stick or use a rubber spatula. I hope you enjoy!

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