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Popcorn and Peanut Bars

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 9
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Looking for a homemade dessert using Wheaties® cereal? Then check out this popcorn and peanut bar recipe that’s made in a microwave in just 45 minutes.

Ingredients

1 1/4
cups Wheaties™ cereal
1/2
cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
1/4
cup raisins
4
cups popped popcorn
1/2
cup pretzel sticks, broken
1/2
cup peanut butter chips
1/4
cup honey
2
tablespoons chocolate chips
1/4
teaspoon canola oil

Directions

  • 1 Line bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix cereal, peanuts, raisins, popcorn and pretzels.
  • 3 In small microwavable bowl, microwave peanut butter chips and honey uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
  • 4 Pour peanut butter-honey mixture over cereal mixture. Stir to coat evenly. Spoon into pan. Using buttered fingers, press firmly so that mixture is even.
  • 5 In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and oil uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over bars.
  • 6 Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm. Remove mixture from pan; for bars; cut into 3 rows by 3 rows. Store covered in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

The honey adds a bit of sweetness to this salty-sweet whole-grain bar. Honey will slide easily out of the measuring cup if you first spray the cup with cooking spray. To save time, spray the cup at the same time you spray the foil in the pan.

Whole Grain Serving: 1/2

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
130mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
21g
7%
Dietary Fiber
2g
7%
Sugars
13g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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