4 cups crispy rice or puffed cereal (100 grams), see Notes
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (50 grams)
1/2 cup sliced almonds (43 grams)
1/2 cup dried cherries (71 grams)
1/2 cup unsweetened shaved or flaked coconut (56 grams)
1/3 cup honey (112 grams)
1/3 cup coconut oil (70 grams) or butter (75 grams)
1/4 cup brown or demerara sugar (105 grams)
1/3 cup almond butter (120 grams) or peanut butter (135 grams) , not natural-style
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ - ½ cup chocolate chunks (42-85 grams), optional


1.In a large bowl combine the cereal, oats, almond, cherries and coconut.
2.In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, coconut oil or butter, and sugar. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in almond or peanut butter and vanilla extract.
3.Pour over cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated.
4.Press into a lightly greased 9x13-inch pan. If desired, press chocolate chops into the top of the bars.
5.Let cool completely before slicing.
6.NOTES: I like to use a combination of cereal. I used 2 cups crispy rice cereal and 2 cups Kashi seven grain puffs cereal, but you can use all crispy rice or all puffed cereal if you'd like.
7.Natural-style almond and peanut butters will prevent these bars from firming up. For best results, use a no-stir option.

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