Breakfast Cereal Bars

breakfast cereal bars

Childhood in my family was all about Cheerios.  

No Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Lucky Charms. No fun Breakfast Cereal Bars.

Just Cheerios.

No sugar on top. 

Mean mom.

Just Cheerios.

….and you know what?  I LOVE Cheerios to…this…day. 

With NO sugar on top!

So….Thank you mom!

Now that I’m a mom, I continue to buy Cheerios, but for so many other reasons.

We not only eat Cheerios for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ’round here, we also use them in baking and crafts and learning!

In fact, we use quite a few of the General Mills® cereals in our crafting and baking. 

You can make these breakfast cereal bars with so many types of General Mills® Cereals, and they’re simple to make for your own kids, since you can put in any “fillings” you want.

I modified the recipe I found over at Averie Cooks : No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

Dying to go grab some General Mills® Cereals for yourself?

One lucky reader will receive a $50 Giftcard! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us what General Mills® Cereal you love and why you like it. Winner will be randomly chosen on May 1, 2014. – See more at: http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/big-g-cereal-savings-at-winco-using-ibotta-a-giveaway/#sthash.eXr7S9EQ.dpuf
One lucky reader will receive a $50 Giftcard! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us what General Mills® Cereal you love and why you like it. Winner will be randomly chosen on May 1, 2014. – See more at: http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/big-g-cereal-savings-at-winco-using-ibotta-a-giveaway/#sthash.eXr7S9EQ.dpuf

no bake breakfast cereal bars

 

 

4.0 from 6 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios (use plain Cheerios for less sweetness - I'd use plain Cheerios next time for SURE)
  • 1 cup raisins, nuts, craisins, or other treat!
  • ½ cup mini m-n-m's or chocolate chips
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
  3. Stop to stir.
  4. Mixture will be on the grainy side.
  5. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stir.
  6. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stir.
  7. After the third {and final} time, mixture will become quite bubbly and foamy; {
  8. use caution when removing from micro because this is boiling hot caramel and can cause burns.}
  9. Stir in the vanilla using caution in case mixture bubbles up.
  10. Stir in the cereal.
  11. Stir in the optional goodies.
  12. Press out into prepared pan, packing down firmly with a spatula.
  13. Optional: sprinkle kosher salt on top {the salt cuts some of the sweetness}
  14. Cover pan with a sheet of foil and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours
  15. Bars will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

28 thoughts on “Breakfast Cereal Bars

  1. We like Multigrain Cheerios, just enough sweetness to have as a snack and makes a good base to a snack mix of dried fruit, nuts and a bi of chocolate

  2. Melanie,

    I have to admit your recipe was a complete hit. Not only did my 2 yr old love it, but I had other members of my family relishing it too. It was the perfect consistency ever.

    Thanks for sharing and stopping by 🙂

  3. I just made these and wow are they sweet! I didn’t have any unsalted butter, so I used light I can’t believe it’s not butter and used Multigrain cheerios in it. It didn’t stick together at all though but my family loved it so we just scooped some in a bowl and used a spoon to eat it.

  4. I was so excited to try these that I didn’t realize we were out of honey! I substituted molasses because I’m impatient like that and my family loved it! I used rice chex with dried blueberries and honey pecans. So good! Can’t wait to try it with honey. Thank you so much for an awesome and easy recipe!

  5. I Can’t wait to try this for science with my preschoolers. Though wondering if there is a healthier substitute for the brown sugar? as I was specifically looking for a healthy no- bake for our healthy eating theme.

  6. Would these work with Rice Krispies? If so, would you still use 3 cups or would you use less since it would settle in more in the measuring cup?

  7. Made these today with honey nut Cheerios, chocolate covered sunflowers seeds and mini chocolate chips. The mini chocolate chips melted over everything and turned the Cheerios all brown n chocolatey. Some my love this but unfortunately we did not enjoy it with melted chocolate over everything and makes it messier to eat! I am not sure I would try it again but for those that do I would stick to the dry fruit n nuts.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I would imagine the chocolate chips made things messy for sure. Sorry you had a mess – if you try it again, please let us know how it goes.

    1. Oh man, that’s no fun. Maybe a tad more honey? I decided not to use HoneyNut Cheerios next time. I would use regular Cheerios instead to lessen some of the sweetness.

  8. Anyone have any suggestions on how to add PB- would I need to lessen one of the other ingredients? I also want to make a batch with some dried peaches (which are on my list to dehydrate this week!); yum!

    1. BillyRose,
      I would say you could just add in the PB for flavor without messing with the other ingredients. It might make it a little thicker, but that’s ok, too! I almost think you could decrease some honey as it was sweet enough and that could be lessened a bit! Dried peaches sound great!

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