When we have a craving for something sweet, we don’t waste time. That’s why we teamed up with Chex® to create tempting dessert bars loaded with crispy Rice Chex® cereal, gooey caramel, crunchy roasted peanuts, and a chocolate drizzle. They’re so quick and easy to make (we’re talking 20 minutes), you can whip up a batch for family movie night or a last-minute party — even without an oven.
Need to bring a homemade dessert to a summer block party or neighborhood potluck, but don’t want to heat up your kitchen even more by turning on the oven? No-bake desserts are the perfect solution — which is why we’re obsessed with the fact that we can make these bars using just a few ingredients and the microwave. Check out our video to see why this is going to become your go-to summer dessert recipe.
Good news for peanut lovers: we didn’t just add peanuts to the mix. We mixed in creamy peanut butter with the caramel sauce so that peanutiness permeates every chewy bite. The classic salty-sweet flavor of chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter tastes like your favorite candy bars, but made from scratch.
And that tantalizing texture combo of light, puffy Chex® cereal combined with rich caramel and crunchy nuts? Let’s just say we didn’t have any trouble polishing off the whole pan.
To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:
No-Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Bars Recipe
- Prep: 10 Mins | Total: 20 Mins
- Serves: 18Difficulty: Easy
- 6 Cups Rice Chex Cereal
- 1-1/4 Cups Roasted, Salted Peanuts, chopped
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Corn Syrup
- 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 6 oz Milk Chocolate Chips
Line a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, and set it aside. In a large bowl, gently combine the Rice Chex and chopped peanuts. Set aside.
In a 4-cup measuring cup, stir together the corn syrup and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 2 – 3 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly.
Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt until everything is fully blended.
Pour the mixture over the cereal and nuts, and gently stir to evenly coat. Pour the caramel-coated cereal mixture into the prepared pan. Gently spread it out and press evenly into the pan. Let cool to room temperature.
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the bars. Let the chocolate harden, then cut into bars. Store the bars in an airtight container.