Chunky Monkey Cereal Bars

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Chunky Monkey Cereal Bars are loaded with chocolate chips, bananas, and cashews that have been blended with homemade condensed milk, then baked onto a peanut butter cereal base. It’s a recipe that I created off of the top of my head yesterday. They’re rich and delicious and they’re a great way to treat yourself.

Chunky Monkey Cereal Bars Recipe - These delicious dessert bars are loaded with chocolate, bananas and cashews, baked onto a peanut butter cereal crust. SO flippin' good!

I was in the mood to make something peanut buttery, but beyond the basic peanut butter cookie.  I thought about making some buckeye cookies, but I was too lazy to be bothered with rolling a bunch of cutsie peanut butter dough balls and then dunking them into melted chocolate.

Then I realized that I had some peanut butter cereal, so I thought I’d use that for a crust. I also had a couple of bananas that were aching to be used, and I’m a big fan of combining those two flavors  Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were one of favorites as a kid.

Who am I kidding. They still are one of my favorites. Heck, that love helped to inspire my Elvis on a Rocky Road Bundt Cake!

This Elvis on a Rocky Road bundt cake recipe will blow your mind! Peanut butter and bananas are combined with traditional rocky road flavors to create this delicious cake!

Anyhoo, the fact remained that I still wanted to incorporate chocolate into my cereal bars too.  After all, if I was going to gorge myself and gain weight, chocolate needed to be involved. It’s one of my Yummi food commandments.

Thou shalt consume chocolate and bacon as often as humanly possible.

For those of you who aren’t yet versed in the Yummi commandments, the next one is quite similar:

Thou shalt encourage chocolate consumption among thy brothers and sisters. 

I think they’re pretty simple commandments to follow, don’t you?

Chunky Monkey Cereal Bars Recipe - These delicious dessert bars are loaded with chocolate, bananas and cashews, baked onto a peanut butter cereal crust. SO flippin' good!

So now that you understand my dedication to sharing these cereal bars, please do me the honor of making a pan full for someone you love this week. Even (and especially!) if the person you love is yourself.  🙂

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Chunky Monkey Cereal Bars

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 22 min Yields 24

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 11.5 ounces (1 box) Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cereal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large bananas, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk ( Use my homemade recipe !)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cashew pieces, finely chopped (I pulsed mine in a food processor)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 if using a convection oven)
  2. Place the cereal into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it turns to crumbs. Pour melted butter over the crumbs and pulse to combine.
  3. Reserve approximately 1/2 cup of crumbs and press the remaining crumbs into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake the crust for 8 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool slightly (about 5 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, melt all but 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk together in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Arrange the sliced bananas across the bottom of the crust. Pour the chocolate mixture over the top of the bananas and spread to cover as much surface area as possible. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of crumbs, 1/2 cup of chips, and the chopped nuts together and sprinkle over the chocolate filling.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the center is set. Cool in pan before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

Yield: 24 bars

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9 Replies to "Chunky Monkey Cereal Bars"

  • Sara October 14, 2015 (8:34 am)

    These look great Becca!! What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Chef Bec October 14, 2015 (6:00 pm)

      They’re pretty darned yummi, Sara. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jimmy November 16, 2012 (6:02 pm)

    Terrific blog post! Saved to bookmarks!

  • Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls October 22, 2012 (3:31 pm)

    Oh my goodness Becca those look AMAZING! I am so not making those today because I’m home alone and I would eat too many! But I am pinning and sharing and someday I WILL make them. I just want to have lots of people around to help me eat them!

  • Eduardo May 31, 2012 (11:28 pm)

    very informative, thank you.

  • [email protected] May 28, 2012 (9:12 pm)

    Holy yum Becca! I’m slipping into my stretchy pants as we speak!!! I think you hit all the good notes on this one! What is it about the combo of peanut butter and bananas that we love so much! And I love the cheerio crust. I used to mix chocolate and banana cheerios together for my breakfast. I didn’t realize they made cheerios in peanut butter now, too! But what a GREAT idea for the crust! LOVE these bars! : )

    • Becca from It's Yummilicious May 28, 2012 (9:36 pm)

      You’re going to need those stretchy pants, Anne, but it will be SO worth it! I love your idea of mixing chocolate and banana Cheerios together. That would make a great crust combo, too! I hope you bake and enjoy these bars 🙂

  • Denice May 28, 2012 (8:10 am)

    really a nice article and great post.

  • Stephanie May 27, 2012 (2:58 pm)

    I’ve only had peanut butter and bananas together once and it was delicious! I’ll have to try your chunky monkey bar. =)

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