I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This Quaker Oats recipe has been compensated as part of for #CollectiveBias and its client. #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUpQuaker® gave me the chance to come up with a new idea for cold cereal, I jumped at it. We are huge cereal eaters in this house, I even love eating it by the handful out of the box late at night as a dessert alternative. With that thought in mind, I knew I could come up with a great cereal dessert recipe.
I love chocolate toffee bark, especially with pecans, and I knew the crispiness of Quaker® Life cereal would create the perfect base to absorb the sweet buttery crunch of the toffee.
The recipe itself couldn’t be much easier. It only requires 5 ingredients: Butter, brown sugar, pecans, chocolate chips and of course.. Quaker® Life cereal. (You could also make it with Quaker® Cinnamon Life or even their new Maple and Brown Sugar flavor.. that would be awesome!)
Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cereal Bark
4 Cups Quaker Cereal
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Bag Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup coarsely chopped Pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
For the crust, spread approximately 4 Cups of Quaker® Life Cereal on a foil lined baking sheet. (You should spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent it from sticking!)
In a sauce pan, melt 1 cup butter and 1 cup (packed) brown sugar together. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally and then allow to boil for 2 additional minutes without stirring.
Immediately pour hot caramel evenly over the cereal layer
I tossed the cereal lightly in the caramel and spread it flat over the sheet pan.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from oven an sprinkle an entire bag of chocolate chips over the top. (You can use milk or semi-sweet chocolate depending on your sweetness preference). Allow the chips to sit on the hot cereal (or return it to the oven) for about 5 minutes, or until the chips soften enough to spread with a spatula.
Spread the chocolate evenly and sprinkle with 3/4 cup chopped pecans (or almonds). I made sure to press the nuts into the chocolate so they wouldn’t’ fall off.
Once it is completely cool (this takes a while) you can cut or break the bark into pieces:
This is so good. My kids wouldn’t keep their paws off long enough for me to shoot some photos:
The other thing that was neat about this recipe is that if you crumble the toffee into small pieces the individual pieces of cereal want to separate which makes the perfect toffee pecan snack mix:
This recipe also could be modified to include some of the other Quaker® cereals which are available at Wal Mart (that is where I picked up my boxes.)
Some other good choices would be Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, Quaker® Real Medleys® or Quaker® Simply Granola. They would especially work out well in the snack mix version.
A great way to enjoy your favorite breakfast treat for dessert!