Breakfast Cereal Bars

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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

 

 

5.0 from 4 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.

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Comments

  1. My childhood favorite was Cheerios with a scoop of peanut butter on the sideÜ

  2. That recipe looks delish! We’ll have to make some for our boys!

  3. oh these look yummy!! I need to start cooking/baking/etc. more!

  4. Kristie S says:

    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

  5. These look so yummy! Your kids are lucky to have you for a mom!! Pinned!

  6. I just made a batch of these with trail mix in them for my husband. Soooo good! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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