I’ve been getting creative in the kitchen and coming up with some new snack recipes. My kids are tired of eating the same old snacks all the time so I decided to come up with a healthy cereal bar they could eat for breakfast, snack or a healthier dessert. I headed to the grocery store to find some ingredients that would inspire me.
I decided on Cheerios as I know my kids love them and thanks to the new Facts Up Front label I was able to easily see the nutrition facts on the front of the box. With just 110 calories per serving and no saturated fat they were a great choice. They also offer up 10% of your daily fiber needs and 45% daily iron needs. That gives my kids a nice boost for breakfast and is definitely the right way to start the day. I went with the Multi Grain Cheerios since we try and incorporate as many multi-grains as possible into our diets thanks to the healthful benefits of whole grains.
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After browsing the aisles at the grocery store I found myself with Multi-Grain Cheerios, honey, cranberries and pretzels. I had all the makings for a salty and sweet cereal bar that was sure to satisfy! I headed home to my kitchen to experiment with my ingredients.
The end result was a delicious Cranberry Pretzel Cheerio Bar! The kids loved it and so did I. I will definitely be making these again! You can print off my Cranberry Pretzel Cheerio Bars Recipe below!
Mix together Cheerios, cranberries, pretzels and oats in a bowl and set aside. Combine butter, coconut oil, sugar and honey in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then combine and press into a pan and bake. See below for full recipe!
- 3 Cups Multi-Grain Cheerios
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 Cup Broken Pretzel Pieces
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Prepare a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper on the bottom.
In a large bowl combine Cheerios, cranberries, pretzels, and oats. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan combine butter, coconut oil, sugar and honey. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low and boil for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour over Cheerio mixture and stir together until coated.
Press mixture into pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
Cool completely and then remove from pan and cut into bars.
Store in an airtight container.
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