Gluten-Free Sweet Chili and Pepita Cereal Bars

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16 Servings
These cereal bars have just the right balance of spicy and sweet. They’re great for an on-the-go snack.
Ingredient List
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/3 cup butter
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/3 cup honey
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 4 cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal, coarsely crushed
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/2 cup roasted and salted pepitas
Nutrition
  • Serving Size: Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 100mg; Total Carbohydrate 19g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 13g); Protein 1g
  • % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 4%; Iron 15%
  • Exchanges: 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Carbohydrate Choice
  • MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils; 0 oz-eq Grains; 0 oz-eq Meat & Beans *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Preparation
  1. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter, honey and pepper flakes to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
  3. In medium bowl, add crushed cereal and pepitas; pour honey mixture over cereal mixture, and stir to coat.
  4. Press mixture firmly in pan with greased hands or back of wooden spoon. Cool completely, at least 3 hours. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.
Tips
  • Method Note: To crush cereal, place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag, and crush with hands or rolling pin.
  • Variation: Adjust heat intensity of these bars by going up or down in amount of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Storage: Bars can also be stored covered in refrigerator.
  • Healthy: Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.