Healthy Homemade Whatchamacallit Bars

With 7 simple ingredients and a few minutes prep, you can make a healthy version of childhood favorite Whatchamacallit bar with this upgrade copycat Homemade Whatchamacallit recipe.


  • 1 cup (150 g) peanut butter
  • 1 cup (30 g) crispy brown rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup (150 g) toasted almonds


  1. Coat an 8-x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Warm peanut butter in a small bowl in microwave on HIGH in 15-second intervals until creamy and smooth; stir in cereal and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Spread into prepared dish.
  3. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in microwave on HIGH in 30-second intervals until smooth; stir in remaining syrup; set aside.
  4. Pulse remaining ingredients in food processor until very finely chopped. Add melted chocolate to mixture in food processor. Pulse until combined.
  5. Spoon over peanut butter-cereal crust in dish and carefully spread to edges. Refrigerate until firm (at least 1 hour). Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.