4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal Bars - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Hey my favorite peeps, I hope you’re off to a fabulous first Friday of February! (Haha, well that’s quite a tongue-twister)

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Since the last time I mentioned the weather here it still has yet to snow more than flurries and the grass is almost completely visible everywhere. For it to be so early in the year, that’s pretty surprising. Just wait, I’ll probably be getting buried in a freak snowstorm first week of April.

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For some reason my inspiration has been much more on the savory side recently. I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that January is such a great month for healthier recipes. Good news though, now I’m getting back my overly sweet ideas for future recipes. I’m guessing that the reason for that is because Valentine’s Day and Springtime on the horizon always have me wanting to create things with chocolate and lots of berries!

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Oh, and I’ve been super into fast and easy these past few weeks. I already mentioned having a houseful of people so you can imagine, there’s more to do and less time. (# never- ending-dishes!) Anyway, these bars fit the criteria I was going for of being EASY.

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They make a perfect lunchbox treat or afternoon snack and the kids can even help make them. Like the title says, there are only 4 ingredients that you need to make them. If you’re like me and you always like the extras you can add a dash of vanilla and a pinch of salt, but that’s not entirely necessary, just optional.

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I tried them first as a no-bake recipe and found that they were pretty good, but the cereal seemed to get a bit soggy and the the flavor you get when you bake it all together is so good. They were also a bit too crumbly for the kiddos, so these do need to be baked, but not for long and trust me it’s worth it.

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Actually, if you’re just a huge fan of peanut butter, like I am, then you might even enjoy these as a 3 ingredient recipe without the chocolate. I’ll admit, skipping the chocolate is not something I’d likely do because, eh hem, I’m a chocoholic! But nonetheless, you could theoretically try them that way and I’m sure they’d still be yum!

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So if you’ve got a few minutes and want to try these, go for it. Friday just sort of needs something quick and easy like this, don’t you agree?

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4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal Bars


4 cups unsweetened O-shaped cereal (TJ's or Cheerios work well)
1 cup + 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 cup + 1 tablespoon peanut butter
150g (about 1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips + 1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C) and line a 9x11 inch (or 8x8) baking pan with parchment or wax paper.
Stir together the peanut butter, maple, salt, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add in the cereal and stir to coat evenly. Scrape the mixture into prepared pan and press down with a flat spatula or the bottom of a cup to flatten. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until browned and bubbling.
Remove the pan from oven and cool for about 15 minutes until no longer hot to the touch. Cover pan with plastic and place in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.
In a double-boiler, melt the chocolate chips over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Add 1 tablespoon peanut butter and stir well. Scrape the chocolate on top of the bars and use a rubber spatula to smooth over the top. Place pan back in freezer for a few minutes to harden chocolate.
Once set, remove bars from pan and use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

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It looks delicious .. lovely
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Thank you for the recipe‏.

so glad you liked it @slimanepro

Oef I love it! Very nice gringa!

thanks so much for your continued support @yummyrum

Has a very appetizing appearance, I will make it myself

I hope you give it a try @craftsman, thanks so much for commenting

How very cool! Cheerios cookies. Creative and looks tasty.

amazingly gorgeous food photos, just like always

Always so supportive @mamaloves, thanks so much!

I think I'm in love. With your desserts.

Oh, I know you love me. My desserts know it too

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Looks like those would be perfect to bring as a snack to university:D

you bet, university perfect food for sure

It looks delicious, I cant wait to try this recipe! With peanut butter and chocolate it must be good!

thanks so much for commenting @th1nkfast

I just love the peanut bars....I find them very healthy and delicious thanks for sharing with us

You are welcome gringalicious

I love the peanut butter and adore the chocolate, but for some reason, I can't eat them together - it just doesn't taste right to me.
So, it's just the PB version for me and I'll have the chocolate for dessert. :)

that's too bad, pb and choco is amazing, but that's why we have such variety in the food world. Chcoc for dessert, great idea @docsmith

Se ve super delicioso,me gustaria hacerlo, pero aquí en Venezuela no se consiguen algunos de esos ingredientes.
It looks super delicious, I'd like to do it, but here in Venezuela you do not get some of those ingredients.

I am sure you could come up with some replacements, thanks for commenting @dalypolo

Wow! They look so crunchy :P Speaking of fabulous finds on fridays's... I post some nice tunes I find around the internet every friday. Check out the ffff tag :)

thanks so much @hazel420, I will check it out

I love chocolate so much

Oh, me too my friend!!!

you always make me hungray @gringalicious! good job .

Oh can you send me one of those? My schedule is tight. Lol....

Will try to make it myself dearie, thanks for sharing it here

You're very welcome @bila9808!

thanks so much for commenting

Wow. Looks yummy.. I lovs chocolates...

thanks so much

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Thank you Dear for such a nice photography!

wow.. yummmmyyyy. looking cool. my mouth full of water :).. thansk sharing .. keep it up :) ggod work @gringalicious

看起来很好吃的样子,最重要 的是可以学到如何制作美食的方法

Peanut butter made foods in particular are so healthy and have a lot of benefits. These pictures are lovely and look yummy.This versatile spread is surprisingly good for your health. The high protein and healthy oils help with weight loss, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

No food is perfect, though. so there are some cautions with peanuts. Hopefully, I am not part of the 1 percent of the population that is highly allergic to peanuts 😋
Thank you dear. Keep posting.

sorry to hear about that allergy, that's a bummer. Thanks for comment @wa2qr

You are most welcome. Cheers

I don´t know what I like more: the recipe or your photographs of the dish. Thank you! Enjoy your time! I´ll follow you right away. Rolf from the Czech republic

I really want to visit Prague. Maybe I can bring you some @rofilm

Great idea! I´d give you a guided tour through the city to places, where "normal" tourists (those being guided by agencies) don´t get (there is i.e. an ancient Prague under the modern Prague. Or there are certain "in"-clubs, where the diverse musical "scenes and circles" meet. Or coffeehouses where writers go, or my friends from the national theatre. Or pubs where people talk about paintings (on canvas as well as on walls) and and and. Enjoy your life! Rolf from the Czech republic

They look so delicious!
Thanks for sharing!

thanks so much for commenting and welcome to steem

thanks for a resipe,i want to try to make it at home..
i love peanut butter :)

I hope you give it a try, thanks so much for commenting

you welcome,i will try soon..

This looks yummy. Any possible substitutes for the cereal? Would pretzels, crackers, and cookie bits work too?

thanks so much @creativetruth, sure, pretzels, cookie bits all sound good

Creaking Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal Bars. I like this.

Thanks for the original recipe!

You are so welcome and thanks so much for commenting @naditinkoff

Now this is going in my bookmarks!! Hell yeah.

You shoot great photos! It's like the same as those that I can find in Tumblr. :)

That made me hungry. For some reason it is more visually appeasing with the chocolate on the top.

Thanks so much for telling me @mrosenquist, I am glad you liked it

Yum yum yunmy, i love the shot, the mood set to it,, i love the color grading

I am thrilled you liked it @aice20

O dang. That looks soooooo amazing. num num num.

I love chocolate very much, although it makes me gain a lot of weight. What a beautiful picture

thanks so much for commenting and welcome to steem @hodlvci

we see from the picture ,, so hungry it, pingin immediately try ...@gringgalicious

thanks so much for commenting on my post @abiumi

A beautifully presented blog @gringalicious This recipe looks amazing. I've been baking for years and I like the quick and easy recipes these days. Will keep this handy. (Following)

thanks so much for the great commenting @trudeehunter and thanks so much for the follow

You’re very welcome on both counts @gringalicious 🌸🌺

it is very nice to wake up in the morning and see them😍☺You are very skilled☺ @gringalicious

thanks so much for the comment and welcome to steem

it suits you ☺

Looks yummy !!!

Peanat is good for brain and more better than choclate

good for the brain, well I need a lot more of it then

It looks delicous. Yummi.
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thanks so much for commenting

Mmmm!! looks tasty. :)

thanks so much for the continued support @tamsguitar

nice post, I like to kind people who want to share

thanks so much for commenting on my post @kil

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It's Saturday morning here, and all i can think for breakfast is this delicious recipe

thanks so much for telling me @nmalove

Chocolate Cereal Bars i love it seriously loving the professional post and excellent delicious recipe :)

thanks so much for all of your support @blazing. I am so glad you like them

wow nice chocolate.
I love chocolate

good to know, thanks so much

this is very nice looking tasty chocolate lovers will love it for sure

thanks so much for taking the time to comment @cityslicker

How much calories? :P

I didn't calculate it, but you can give it a go. Thanks for commenting

foodporn :))
delicious post !

thanks so commenting on my post @marsell

It looks great. I may have to try this one.

thanks so much and welcome to steem @annparenting

What an amazing dessert. Upvote and resteemt dor you:)

thanks so much and welcome to steem

good food

thanks so much and welcome to steem @msena

very healthy food . I like this food . thanks for eating

So glad to hear it, thanks!

How nice. I definitely need to try this!

thanks so much for commenting on my post

it seems to be very sweet and delicious wow

thanks so much for your continued support @starboye

I love peanut butter! I could eat it every day! I'm very excited to try that since I've never tried to make anything similar to that! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us :)

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Yeah, tasty looking as always :) Looks like something super simple and super yummy. Love that window light of yours.

so cool you pick up on the fact that I am using natural light. Thanks @mikesthoughts

lol, you actually told me a couple weeks back. photographer myself and was asking about the light. in no way do I expect you to remember that, hehe. you got a busy blog and still get back to people, which is awesome :)

Seems to be simple to do. I think I'll try it. :D Have a great weekend!!

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That looks good right about . . . now

I know what you mean, thanks @oceanview!

Love your style with food photography. 😍 Seeing all the photos, now I'm craving for sweets!!! I'll show this to my sister and try to bake it. Thank you for sharing!! ✨✨✨

I hope it turned out well for you @florencegail

I like this photo. Thanks


thanks so much for commenting @aldentan

Yummy and awesome :-) Don't eat all of it ;-)

thanks so much for commenting and welcome to steem

How interesting! Last night I was thinking of making peanut butter fudge topped with chocolate ganache. Now I may mix kamut cereal into it, thanks to your inspiring post. I love how all of your posts are put together so well!

you are so kind, I do hope you give it a try. If you do, please send me a pic or two. Thanks @folklohr

You've made a right old mess with those Cheerios ;)

I am thrilled you liked it @markangeltrueman

Wow girl, this looks yummy.

thanks so much for commenting on my post and welcome to steem @abovethestars

thanks for all the instructions i will love to make it

you are so welcome and thanks so much for the comment @cutiepie

Hi my dear! These chocolate bars seems so tasty! And so easy to prepare them, my daughter like the chocolate bars, this recipe can everyone try it, well done.
Happy weekend.

I hope you and your daughter can give it a try @creativewoman. Thanks so much for all of your continued support

Look awesome. I could eat one with a cup of tea right now.

thanks so much for taking the time to comment @tesscooks4u, I know we're all super busy these days. One with a cup of tea would be a great idea

peanut butter+cereal=my weakness,too much calories but it still looking delicious.i love trying new things and definitely this recipe is one of them, soon for sure.

thanks so much @chatitsimo and welcome to steem

Your Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal Bars is a must try my dear Yummy Yummy Lady AKA @gringalicious !!!!! I wish you a blessed weekend

thanks so much for your comment and support @charles1

Excellent photography, nice food, amazing post, thanks for sharing

thanks so much for commenting

its looks like yummy..
and nice clicks...


such high-quality photos and such yummy! it will be necessary to try, it looks very beautiful

thanks so much for commenting on my post @katherinalive, I am thrilled you liked it

I will go running to prepare it, Thanks for the recipe

thanks so much for the great commenting @alizh and welcome to steem

These look absolutely delicious!

thanks so much and welcome to steem @cynchen

That looks delicious. Easy enough for a non baker. Thx

thanks so much for commenting on my post @sweetsah

Not going to lie, there's no way I'll be skipping the chocolate! These look perfect to add a little protein powder to for a post workout snack! Any tips on adding in whey protein powder? Would you suggest any extra wet ingredients to compensate?

I need to experiment with adding in whey powder before I go making any recommendations, thanks so much for the inspiration @skiesandsports