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My family’s favorite breakfast cereal is Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, so I used it to make these tasty Cranberry Pistachio Cereal Bars for snacking.
Both my daughters are home from college now for Winter break, and it is great to have them home. But we sure do go through more food when they are here! They are constantly looking for snacks, and raiding the pantry. So I decided I need to stock up on snack ideas for them to munch on. My family doesn’t agree on much when it comes to food, but Quaker® cereal is one thing we all love to eat, and it is great for snacks in addition to breakfast. So I headed to Walmart to pick up some snacks to get us through the holidays.
Walmart had a great variety of Quaker® products, including Quaker® Real Medleys®, Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, Quaker® Simply Granola and Quaker® Life. I picked up a few boxes of cereal, and got some dried cranberries and pistachios to combine with the cereal to make a yummy cereal bar. Cereal bars are perfect for grabbing when you want a quick snack on the go.
Originally I was going to use pecans in my cereal bar, but when I saw the pistachios at the Walmart I decided they would be perfect, and make the bars a seasonal red and green! Cereal bars are easy to make and involve no baking and very little time.
I combined the Quaker® Oatmeal Squares with some cranberries and pistachios in a big bowl. I broke up the cereal a little bit, because I wasn’t sure how well the big pieces would stick together in a bar. I just crumbled them up with my hands so they were all different sizes.
Then I made a syrup with butter, honey and brown sugar, and boiled it for a little while to thicken it. I poured the syrup over the cereal mixture, pressed it into a glass dish, and stuck it in the freezer to harden. After about half an hour they were hardened, and ready to be cut into bars. My bars aren’t all perfect rectangles like the cereal bars you’d buy at the store, but they sure taste good!
- 3 c. Quaker® Oatmeal Squares
- ½ c. dried cranberries
- ½ c. pistachios
- 4 T butter
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- ¼ c. honey
- Crush the cereal pieces slightly and mix with the cranberries and pistachios.
- Combine the butter, sugar and honey in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Spray an 8 x 8 glass casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Quickly pour the sugar syrup into the bowl with the cereal. Mix well, then press into the casserole dish. Use waxed paper to press down and flatten the mixture.
- Put the dish in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Cut it into bars.
My kids love the cereal bars, and they are great for feeding hungry college students.
The cereal makes great snacking right out of the box too, we put the Quaker® Oatmeal Squares and Quaker® Real Medleys® in sandwich bags and for taking in the car on trips. Cereal is very versatile, and not just for breakfast!