Good Morning Sunshine Bars

I think it both a good and bad sign that as I began poring over my shiny new copy of Baked Elements, I became thoroughly enamored with the very first recipe. Good, in that I knew that the Baked guys had come through yet again with their latest book. Bad, in that, at this rate, I would likely have a hard time narrowing down what to bake first.

Baked Elements is broken down into 10 chapters, each focusing on a favorite baking ingredient. The first chapter is all about peanut butter. For those of you who have been reading BoB for a while, you’ll understand my excitement about that chapter in particular. I’m sure I’ll move past that first section soon. Stay tuned!

Good Morning Sunshine Bars | Bake or Break

After going through the entire book and most of a post-it pad, I kept coming back to that first recipe. A no-bake recipe involving peanut butter, peanuts, and crunchy cereal, all topped off with chocolate? How could I ignore that?

The story behind the name is related to the presence of cereal in the ingredient list. Cereal in baked goods means you can eat them for breakfast, right? Right?!?

Good Morning Sunshine Bars | Bake or Break

These come with a warning, my baking friends. They are seriously addictive. You think you’ll be able to stop after one or two. Not possible. As all remnants of self-control will be gone as soon as you taste one, be sure you are ready to pack these up quickly and share with others.

Good Morning Sunshine Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Good Morning Sunshine Bars

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Chex (or other crispy cereal)
  • 1 & 1/4 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate

Instructions

Butter bottom and sides of a 9"x 13" baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the two short sides. Butter the parchment.

Place cereal and peanuts in a large bowl. Mix together with your hands until combined.

Place brown sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Stir together and cook over medium heat. Bring to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until combined and smooth.

Pour sugar mixture over cereal mixture. Stir gently until cereal is coated with sugar mixture.

Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Allow to cool to room temperature, or place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

Once cereal has cooled, melt chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Drizzle melted chocolate over bars. Allow chocolate to set.

Using the overhanging parchment paper, lift the bars out of the pan. Cut into 3"x 1&1/2" bars.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Baked Elements.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2012/10/good-morning-sunshine-bars/

10 Comments

  1. These look so delicious!

  2. JEP October 10, 2012 Reply

    I put Baked Elements on my Christmas list…so in the meantime, checked out the cookbook from the local library. So far, I have made the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars & the Chocolate Mayonnaise cupcakes. I recommend both!

  3. Mary Corbet October 10, 2012 Reply

    Just made these this afternoon with my 11-year old niece, for her teacher’s birthday tomorrow. The recipe doubles easily! Thanks a bunch for it – I think the bars will be a big hit!

  4. Ohhh these look soo good!

  5. Emily October 11, 2012 Reply

    Mmmmm we make these all the time at home with Special K cereal, they ARE extremely addictive

  6. Seem so delicious.Great job!

  7. Elena October 14, 2012 Reply

    I’d eat those for breakfast! I need to get a look at the latest Baked cookbook.

  8. Can’t beat no-bake recipes!

    I would substitute the brown sugar for Splenda Brown sugar blend to save calories, and replace almonds for peanuts and dark choc for milk choc to create a {somewhat} healthier rendition with a sharper taste profile. Great share xx

  9. Susan October 29, 2013 Reply

    Hi, Jennifer!

    I’m one of the admins at http://www.bakedsundaymornings.com where we’re baking our way through Baked Elements – this is our current recipe assignment. We’d love to have you join us!

  10. Diane Martin January 21, 2014 Reply

    I use Total or even Special K cereal to up the protein/vitamin content of these. When my middle school students were making these in class, I ran the ingredients through a nutritional program and they come up similar to a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Yes, the chocolate is not needed nutritionally but if eaten in moderation justifiable. This was my students favorite recipe and they continued to contact me to ask for the recipe years later.

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