Honey Nut Cereal Treats

Growing up in a family of four active kids, the cereal supply in our household was never lacking.  In fact, I think everything from Fruit Loops and Smacks to Raisin Bran and Frosted Mini Wheats overflowed two tall, deep shelves of our pantry.  Not surprisingly, my favorites were those exploding with sugar – why couldn’t they make a marshmallow-only version of Lucky Charms?!  And who could forget Oh!s – mmm, good things in the middle.

If I had to pick one cereal to eat forever, I think it’d be Honey Nut Cheerios.  Not too bland, not too sugary, and fairly nutritious (compared to other fun cereals).  Over the years, I’ve eaten them for breakfast, lunch, even dinner.  After all, nobody can say no to honey nut cheerios! (and now I’ll have that jingle in my head all day…)

I made these honey nut cereal treats about a month ago when the thought of turning the oven to just 200 degrees was enough to make me melt.  If you’re from Texas, I apologize – your months-long heat wave is far worse than our four-day heat wave in July.

Instead of using butter, I upped the nutrition profile with peanut butter, and threw in some almonds as well.  So they’re sort of healthy, and you’d never, ever know it!  Next time you need a quick (they literally take less than 5 minutes to prep), no-bake, tasty treat, give these a try.

Honey Nut Cereal Treats

Makes 16

  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 3 cups honey nut o’s cereal
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper; lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Place marshmallows in a large bowl.  Microwave on high about 30 to 45 seconds or until marshmallows start to melt.  Stir in peanut butter and honey; microwave 20 to 30 seconds or until mixture is fully melted and mixes smooth.  Add cereal and almonds; mix with rubber spatula until combined.

Press mixture into prepared pan.  Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

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