My parents have this habit of over-buying any food item that we say we like. Apple juice? Boom, sixteen bottles show up in our fridge. They see us eating one marshmallow? 10 pounds of marshmallows show up in our kitchen. This might not sound like a bad thing, but one person can only have so much of one food, you know?
The latest food that they’ve done this with is Cheerios. After seeing November and I buy one box of Cheerios and eating it a few times for breakfast they came home with 7 boxes of plain Cheerios. Of course, by the end of that week we were sick of eating Cheerios for breakfast.
What the f*ck is somebody without a toddler supposed to do with that much cereal? Make some nostalgic cereal bars, duh.
After looking up what you can do with 7 boxes of Cheerios, I stumbled up a recipe for basic, no-bake, 4 ingredient, Cheerios cereal bars.
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 3 cups of Cheerios
- 1 cup of salted peanuts (optional)
Basically you mix the honey and sugar in a pan over medium heat and let it boil, then take it off the heat and stir in the peanut butter until it’s all smooth, and then mix in the Cheerios and peanuts. The peanuts are optional, but I recommend them since they add a bit of saltiness to these very sweet bars. Put the mixture on to a 9×13 baking sheet and let it cool.
They’re super simple to make, only takes 5-10 minutes of prep time, and if you throw them in the fridge, only about 20 minutes to fully cool down.
They make a super delicious snack, but they are a bit on the sweet side. Next time I make them, I probably won’t add in the extra sugar since the honey is pretty sweet by themselves. I personally like adding a little bit of fine sea salt over top of these bars to fulfill my need for sweet and salty snacks.