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Cheerio bars

I love cereal. There are so many fabulous varieties- Honey Nut Bunches of Oats with Almonds, Honeycomb, Honey Ohs, Honey Nut Cheerios, Honey Nut Clusters (hmmm, a theme), Golden Grahams, Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Shredded Mini-Wheats- heck, I even like the kids cereals of Trix, Fruit Loops, Kix, Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes…. Yum. Bowl of cereal with milk for breakfast? Yes, please.

But what if your cereal is a little stale? What to do? I like to use that cereal in breakfast bars. Transforms those stale Cheerios into something delicious and makes me feel less guilty about spending 5 dollars or what have you a box. This recipe is best suited for those honey themed cereals, in particular Cheerios or Chex. I would advise against Fruit Loops. 


1 cup of maple cheerios
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together the butter, peanut butter, honey and maple syrup. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract.

Stir in the cheerios, oats, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Press into a 5 by 7 inch greased baking dish and refrigerate for an hour. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Store in the fridge. 


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