Lunchbox Treat: The Cereal Bar

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  • ¼ cup canola oil, plus more for greasing the pan or parchment (I used cooking spray for that part)
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups puffed millet or puffed rice cereal (I used rice krispies)
  • 1 ½ cups loosely packed chopped dried fruit (I used golden raisins, blueberries, and apricots)
  • 1 ½ cups toasted sliced almonds (Since my son’s school is nut-free, I used a mixture of roasted and salted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup (available at whole foods)
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

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Step 1

Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish or line the dish with parchment and grease the parchment. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, puffed rice, dried fruit, almonds, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips.

Step 2

Stir it all together really well.

Step 3

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown rice syrup, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla. Stir frequently over medium-high heat until 1 minute past boiling. This happens pretty quickly.

Step 4

Pour the syrup over the mixture in the bowl

Step 5

Stir to coat thoroughly.

Step 6

Spread the mixture into the pan, press down with a spatula, and refrigerate for one hour. Don’t forget to lick the spatula.

Step 7

Cut into bars and pack into lunches! Bon Appetit!