Happy Monday, everyone! First, a quick weekend recap…
After completing this HIIT treadmill workout and Super Sweaty Abs Circuit on Saturday morning, I got ready and headed home to celebrate Thanksgiving with Andy’s family. It was fun to visit with his family, but I was most excited about getting home to see my sister who I haven’t seen since this day…
That’s right…since I got married in August! Way. Too. Long. Luckily, we got to hang out and went on a five mile run before I had to leave yesterday. Can’t wait to spend more time with her this week for Thanksgiving!
When I got home yesterday, I needed to make some food for our small group tonight, and Andy and I both agreed that we wanted these cereal M & M bars we haven’t had in forever. I
am obsessed love cereal so cereal in a dessert? Yes, please!
The best part about these bars is that they’re no-bake (aka super easy!). They’re also super easy to eat as you make them, so watch out…I may or may not have eaten a ton of it before finally getting it in the pan!
No-Bake Cereal M & M bars
Serves 12-18 (depends how big you cut your squares)
- 2 1/2 c. pretzel sticks, halved
- 3 c. Chex cereal (I used a combination of oats and rice cereals.)
- 1 1/2 c. M & Ms (Use red and green ones to make this a holiday treat!)
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1 package marshmallows
- 1/3 c. peanut butter
- Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Place a large saucepan on the oven and melt butter, marshmallows, and peanut butter over low heat. Be sure to stir regularly so that you don’t burn your mixture.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix M & Ms, cereal, and pretzel sticks.
- As soon as marshmallow mixture is melted, remove from heat and quickly pour over cereal mixture. Mix well.
- Press into pan. Best if you refrigerate these for a few hours before serving — but if you can’t wait, (like me!) go ahead and dig in!
How to “level up” this recipe
- Use whole wheat Chex and wheat pretzel sticks for a simple replacement.
- Use light butter instead of regular.
- Instead of M & Ms, use another type of chocolate-covered candy, such as raisins or almonds. DO NOT try to replace the M & Ms with chocolate chips — it won’t work (trust me). Be sure whatever you choose has a hard shell so it doesn’t melt.
How to “level down” this recipe
- This certainly isn’t the healthiest recipe in the world, but it sure is delicious! Hopefully it’ll satisfy any sweet tooth in the house!