Fall is in full swing at our current location and to celebrate all the wonderfulness that come along with this time of the year we used one my husbands day of leave to go apple picking. Like always we went a little overboard and picked a crazy amount of apples. Once we were home, I got to work in the kitchen whipping up a couple of batches of my homemade caramel applesauce as well as my spiced applesauce. After making the spiced applesauce our house was filled with my favorite aroma of spices and I was inspired to create more apple treats.
I wanted to come up with a crispy treat recipe that could include some of my favorite flavors associated fall; apples, peanut butter, and caramel. So I came up with apple peanut butter crispy bars. These bars have a layer of peanut butter flavored rice crispy treat, a layer of cinnamon apple cheerio crispy treat, and can be topped with slices of apples drizzled with caramel.
I started with making what would eventually be my top layer of the crispy bars, the cinnamon apple cheerio crispy layer. For this layer you will need 2 cups of apple cinnamon cheerios, 2 cups of marshmallows, a tablespoon of applesauce, and a tablespoon of butter. After melting the butter, applesauce, and marshmallows you mix in the cheerios and push the mixture into a wax paper lined 8×8 dish. Cool the cheerio layer in the refrigerator while you work on the second layer.
For the second layer you will need 3 cups of rice crispy cereal, a tablespoon of butter, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 3 cups of marshmallows. After melting the butter, peanut butter, and marshmallow, mix in the crispy cereal and press the crispy mixture on top of the cheerio layer. Return to the refrigerator to continue the hardening process.
After about a half hour you will be able to pull the crispy bars out of the refrigerator and remove them cleanly from the dish by pulling on the wax paper edges. Slice up your bars and flip them over. Top with apples, a drizzle of caramel and enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Applesauce
- 5 Cups Marshmallows
- 2 Cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 3 Cups Rice Cripsy Cereal
- Line an 8x8 dish with wax paper to allow for easy removal.
- In a medium saucepan melt one tablespoon of butter over low heat.
- Add one tablespoon of applesauce and two cups of marshmallows, stirring continuously until completely melted.
- Pour the melted mixture into a medium mixing bowl along with the two cups of apple cinnamon cheerios.
- Pour the mixture into your lined 8x8 dish.
- Using an oiled spatula push the mixture down and into the corners.
- Place 8x8 dish into the refrigerator and move on to the next layer.
- In a medium saucepan melt the final tablespoon of butter over low heat.
- Add the two tablespoons of peanut butter and three cups of marshmallows, stirring continuously until completely melted.
- Pour the melted mixture into a medium mixing bowl along with the three cups of rice crispy cereal.
- Pour the mixture down on top of the cheerio layer.
- Using an oiled spatula press the mixture down and smooth out the top.
- Return dish to the refrigerator and allow to set for at least thirty minutes.
- Once hardened, pull the bars out of the 8x8 dish by pulling out the wax paper, cut into squares, and flip over.
- Enjoy plain or top with apple slices and caramel!
After making the crispy bars I starting thinking about how much my daughter will love these treats once she gets enough teeth to enjoy them! I started talking to my husband about how we could use making these treats as an opportunity to open a dialog with our daughter to talk about fall harvest. Then I remembered there were two wonderful books I used to use in my classroom around this time of the year. The first book was all about harvesting apples; Apples, Apples Everywhere! The second book was always a class favorite; Hello, Harvest Moon. I just love when reading together can lead to cooking together and visa versa!
What are your favorite children books about harvest, are there any you would recommend adding to my list?
Tara is a military spouse and mommy of one. A good recipe with lots of ingredients at different measurements is the perfect yummy addition to any math or science lesson! In her free time she enjoy spending time with her amazing husband, two crazy puppies and adorable little girl. She shares her military life adventures, kitchen creations and kid friendly crafts over at An Aiming High Wife, come visit anytime, or find her on Facebook and Pinterest.