Simply Put — Gluten-free Chocolate Butterscotch Cereal Bars

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I wish I could provide a simple answer for why I haven’t been able to post lately. There’s really no reason, other than the bits and pieces of life kind of took priority. I suppose being gone for a week didn’t help much, either. 🙂

Sometimes life seems so simple. We should be able to get from Point A to Point B in a straight line. I have a list of things to do; I should be able to go straight down and cross them all off, right? But how often don’t I start one task only to cross paths with a bit of another task that needs to be done, and somehow I’ve made a turn onto that path which crosses another path that leads me to make another turn to do something else. Before I know it, I’ve been running around in circles, busy as always but still with an unfinished list in my hand. It’s not always simple.

Blogging is on my to-do list. It should be simple: I make meals every day. I bake at least once a week. I have recipes and ideas. But when I sit down, what I’ve been lacking is the story to go with those recipes. I have a fabulous recipe for blueberry-lime scones and some mouthwatering pictures to go with it, but I’ve been hard-pressed to hone an interesting anecdote to go with it. It’s not always simple.

So today I sit down and write, pretending it’s Wednesday because Wheatless Thursday just doesn’t cut it. I sit down and simply write this little bit in the hopes that it will kick my blogging bottom into action. Today I share a simple recipe. Growing up, I called these Special K Bars because my mom’s recipe used Special K cereal. This recipe uses Rice Krispies. Either way works. 🙂

It’s simple: it requires no baking — just a greased baking pan, 6 ingredients, and about 10 minutes of stirring and spreading. It hardly has a chance to heat up the kitchen, which is great in these unseasonably hot days of summer! After 20 minutes in a refrigerator you have something that will quickly disappear because they are, quite simply, delicious.


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Chocolate Butterscotch Cereal Bars

adapted from Nestle Tollhouse Best-loved Cookies

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups crisp gluten-free rice cereal (feel free to use regular cereal if you aren’t GF)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Combine granulated sugar and corn syrup in large saucepan; bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter. Stir in cereal. Press into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
 
Microwave chocolate and butterscotch chips in medium, microwave-safe bowl on high (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Refrigerate in pan for 20 minutes or until firm.* Cut into bars. Makes 3-4 dozen bars, depending how big you cut them.
 
*Don’t leave them uncut in the fridge too long, or it’ll be really hard to cut them. If you happen to experience difficulty cutting, let them warm a bit and try again.
 
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