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Cereal, it seems, has been around since the beginning of time. Tell me one person who has not gotten up in the middle of the night to have a bowl of cereal? Ohh, how I long for the days when I would eat Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes or my all-time favourite, Lucky Charms. Now, I have oatmeal or a healthy granola with yogurt for breakfast. Oh, to be young again and not have to worry about calories, fat or sugar!! Forget it; who cares! You only live once; I’m on a quest for cereal recipes – healthy or not. A little lusciousness every once in a while is not going to hurt, right? Don’t they say everything is good for you in small measures? Enjoy!!

Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars...mmmmmmm tasty and for a 5 minute snack, just throw these together!! 1 cup sugar

1 cup corn syrup

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla 5 cups Cheerios In a large sauce pan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; allow to boil for about a minute, remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add cheerios and mix until coated.

Corn Pops

1 box (10.9 oz. size) Corn Pops cereal

1 cup pecan halves 1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 250°F. Combine cereal and nuts in a greased, shallow baking pan. In a saucepan, bring butter, sugar and corn syrup to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and baking soda. Pour caramel mixture over cereal and nuts; stir well. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Pour onto waxed paper and break apart; allow to cool. Store in airtight container.

Peanut Butter Squares

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup corn syrup 1 cup peanut butter

4 cups corn flakes 2 cups Rice Krispies

1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine sugar and corn syrup in large pot and cook over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add peanut butter stir until peanut butter is melted and combined with the sugar. Then add corn flakes, Rice Krispies, salt and vanilla. Stir just to mix. Place in a greased 9x13 pan. Let cool and cut into bars.

Chocolate Yummies

3 cups Rice Krispies cereal

7 graham cracker, whole pieces 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

1 package (12 ounce size) semi-sweet chocolate morsels 2/3 cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons margarine or butter 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

Coat 13x9x2-inch microwave safe dish with cooking spray. Place 6 whole pieces graham cracker in single layer in bottom. Cut remaining piece to fit in bottom. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over cracker. Microwave on high 1 minute or until marshmallows are puffy. Remove from microwave and cool

completely. In a 2-quart microwave safe mixing bowl, combine chocolate, corn syrup and margarine. Microwave at high about 1 ½ minutes or until chocolate can be stirred smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Add Rice Krispies cereal, mixing until combined. Spread evenly over marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Cut and store in airtight container in refrigerator.

I’ve been working on the computer all day on articles – it is now time to go and make one of these luscious recipes and indulge all the hard work I have done today. You should do the same. Yummy in my tummy!

Submitted by: Kathryn Hartwell