Honey Cluster Magic Cookie Bars

Hey! There’s this new cereal called Fiber One Honey Clusters. It looks like this and…oh wait. It’s not new anymore….er, well. I finally got around to buying some.

When it first hit the shelves, I was pretty eager to buy a box. Unfortunately, I am addicted to regular Fiber One and when it came down to choosing a between the two, I went with the old standby. Buying two boxes out of the same line of cereal seemed frivolous.

My excuse to buy the Fiber One Honey Clusters came in the form of an email. This recipe was sent to me by my friend Meredith, who found it in a book called Beyond the Bowl by Debbie Maugans Nakos. If you recognize that name, it’s because Debbie also wrote Small Batch Baking. Beyond the Bowl is one of her earlier cookbooks. I need to buy it. For now, here is our interpretation of the recipe.

First, you take 5 cups of Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal and crush it up in the food processor.

You stir in 1/2 cup melted butter and press the mixture into a lined and greased pan.

Next, you pour on the condensed milk and sprinkle the top with chocolate chips, crushed granola bars, pecans and coconut. The amounts listed below are only suggestions. With all the new granola flavors, you could have fun with variations. Next time I might try the banana flavored granola. This time I just used oats and honey.

Finally, you bake them for 25 minutes, cooled them completely and cut. I chilled them overnight before cutting. In this picture, they are sitting on a big cutting board.

These are very crumbly and almost candy-like. The toasted pecans keep them from being too sweet. I won’t go so far as to call these healthy, but you could do worse. You get at least 2 grams of fiber in each square.

Honey Cluster Magic Cookie Bars

5 cups crushed Fiber One Honey Cluster Cereal
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can condensed milk (14 oz) – reduced fat kind works very well
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (used about 2 cups)
2 1/2 cups granola (non-fruit kind….I used 3 packs of crushed up granola bars)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used at least 1 cup and I toasted them before hand)
1/2 cup coconut (optional, but I used it and liked how it tasted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil and grease foil…..or just use parchment.

Crush cereal in food processor. You should end up with 3 cups after crushing. Add melted butter to food processor and pulse until mixed. Press into pan.

Pour condensed milk over top. Sprinkle with chips, granola, pecans and coconut.

Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool completely, then cut into 32 squares. Chill if desired.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Hi Anna!-Just watched the Pillsbury Bake Off on Food Network & wanted to congratulate you.I was so excited to hear about your blog with daily recipes; can’t wait to start tying them out. One of my favorite things to do is bake & my husband teases that I’m a bit of an old lady (I’m only 30) with all the baking. I say the world would be a better place with more “throw-backs” like you and I.All my best to you.

  2. Anna says

    Anonymous, that is too funny. I’m going to start calling myself a “throw-back”. It is a bit comforting….in an odd way.Garrett, I checked out your blog. You have some fantastic ideas, so keep it up! I haven’t used poppyseeds much in my baking, but I probably should. My husband and I were just talking about poppyseeds today, in fact. How many of them would you have to eat to fail a drug test? Would one poppyseed bagel do you in or would you need to eat, oh, 11 poppyseed bagels?

  3. says

    I think I just saw you on Food Network on the Pillsbury Bakeoff! I haven’t seen the end, but I hope you win/won!I just started a blog and heard you mention yours and started looking through it! Yumtastic to say the least! Cannot wait to try some of them!P.S. I don’t suppose you have a lemon or orange poppy seed cookie recipe do you? 😉

  4. Anna says

    Hi Radioactive Girl,Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad to hear that you do so much baking with the neighborhood kids. Kids love cooking. In some ways, I think it helps their self-esteem. Hopefully, you will find some fun recipes.

  5. says

    Strange coincidence. I just had surgery, so I am watching a lot of TV. I happpened to have stumbled upon your blog yesterday and was reading it at the same time as watching the Pillsbury bakeoff. I can not believe the coincidence! Congratulations! I am a crazy baker too…so much so that my entire neighborhood loves to send their kids over here to play with my kids because we always bake something and then send some home. My daughter (age 8) ws reading your recipes this morning and begging me to try some. We will be back to read more, I am sure!

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