I love those milk and cereal bars that you get at the grocery store, but the ingredients? Not so much. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, malto-dextro-no-thank-you. So I decided to make a homemade version with ingredients I can actually pronounce.
We picked up some Silk Fruit&Protein last time we were at Walmart and I decided that this would be a perfect replacement for milk in my recipe. It has fruit to round out the flavor better than plain cow's milk or regular soy milk, and I don't have to add sugar since it's already sweetened with natural cane juice.
Non-Dairy Cereal Bar Recipe
4 envelopes Knox Unflavored Gelatin
1 cup cold Silk Fruit&Protein
3 cups Silk Fruit&Protein, heated to boiling (I heat mine in a large glass bowl in the microwave for several minutes, stopping to stir every minute or two)
5 cups cereal of your choice (the crunchier, the better – a crunchy granola will absorb the least amount of milk and end up the crispiest. My Cheerios did end up getting a little bit soggy.)
Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold liquid and let stand for approximately one minute.
Mix the boiling Silk Fruit&Protein in with the cold liquid and gelatin and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved, about five minutes.
Pour into a greased 9×13 inch cookie sheet and place flat in the refrigerator. Wait for 20-30 minutes for it to begin to gel. It should be solid enough that if you press a finger into it, it will stick to your finger and not drip off (I know it's a strange test, but that's what worked for me). If it gets too hard and starts to solidify too quickly, just set it in the oven at 350 degrees for about five minutes. It'll quickly melt and you can give it another go.
Sprinkle the cereal over the Silk Fruit&Protein gelatin and press down on it (obviously, you need clean hands for this recipe) until it is all moistened. Stick back in the fridge for 3-4 hours, until firmly set.
Cut and serve.
Just like jello, these can be transported to an extent but will eventually start to liquify if left out too long. I store mine in the refrigerator until I'm ready to eat them. The great thing about this recipe is that kids think it's super-fun to eat cereal with their hands, and they have no idea how healthy this is because it's sweet and fruity! For more cool Silk recipes, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
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