A Rachel Ray Recommend

Cereal barAwesome Cereal Bars 

Recently, I’ve become a fan of Rachel Ray’s EveryDay Magazine. Wasn’t too sure how I would take to the magazine, but I’ve borrowed a few issues from my in-laws and I’m kinda digging recommendations from the EVOO/Sammies Queen.  Every Sunday I attempt to plan for the week ahead so that Beth does not have to stress over dinner and snacks.  Constantly on the search for new ideas, I turn to EveryDay occasionally – lots of variety.  But, as you may know, I can’t simply take a recipe and do it exactly as is…..  With this, I tried the Fruity Cereal Bars recipe in the most current issue of EveryDay.  And, of course, changed it up – just a bit….

Awesome Cereal Bars

1/3 Cup Agave Syrup – use Agave, trust me.
1/4 light brown sugar – use a little less than 1/4 cup and use the light as the dark may be a bit too much for this already sweet bar
2 tbsp butter
1.5 – 2 tsp Vanilla extract.  The additional vanilla makes it delish.
2-3 cups toasted quick rolled oats – spread oats on a cookie tray and bake at 400 for about 15 minutes until lightly toasted
3/4 cup Cinnamon Roast Almonds (I use Emerald Nuts brand).  The cinnamon flavored nuts add great flavor.
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Dash of coarse salt

Cook syrup, sugar and butter until sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla, almonds, cranberries, salt.  Mix.  Add oats 1 cup at a time.  You may not need all oats as you don’t want the mixture too unmanageable.  Consistency should be spreadable (kinda like a good batch of rice crispy treats).

Line a glass baking dish with parchment, spread mixture evenly to the desired bar thickness.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Cut into bars.

NOTE: Once bars are cut, dust plate with powdered sugar (lightly) to keep the bars from sticking to the plate. I had a bit of difficulty with the bars sticking after longer refrigeration (I’m open to suggestions – because no matter what – these are a make-again). You can add anything to these bars – and play with the consistency.  But do note that they are on the sweet side – so I refrain from using chocolate chips when using the Agave.


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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