mix & match cereal treats

with school scheduled to start one week today {insert huge smile here} thoughts have turned from lazy beach time to stockpiling school lunchbox snacks so that my favourite little people have something to remember me by.

cereal treats are the one thing every kid grows up on, tried and true.

and this simple design-your-own bar recipe, you now have unlimited flavour combinations, so that no one tires of the same old snack, in fact you can now make a new one for every week of the school year.

mix & match cereal treats

1. choose your cereal
use 7 cups total {pick 1 or 2 types}
  • crispy rice cereal {regular or chocolate}
  • cornflakes
  • corn or rice squares
  • toasted oat cereal {regular or chocolate}
  • graham cereal 
  • chocolate puffs
2. make the base
line a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick foil.  melt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat.  add one 10-ounce bag mini or regular marshmallows and stir until melted, then site in 1 teaspoon vanilla.  stir in 1/2 cup nut butter, if desired.  move from the heat and stir in the cereal

3. add in mix-ins
stir in up to 1 1/2 cups total {pick up to 3 types}
  • granola
  • nuts, roughly chopped
  • freeze-dried fruit, chopped if large
  • dried fruit, chopped if large
  • yogurt-covered raisins
  • sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • mini marshmallows
  • chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • butterscotch chips
  • toffee bits
  • candy-coated chocolates
  • sprinkles {up to 1/4 cup}
4. form the bars
press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan using a rubber spatula or lightly buttered hands.
let cool, then lift out of the pan using the foil and slice.

courtesy:  food network magazine {kids} |  september 2016


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