Cheerios are one of the most recognized and beloved cereal brands out there, but these simple O’s have a great deal of potential beyond your cereal bowl. The simple flavor and crunch of Cheerios make them a wonderful accent to snacks of all kinds, both sweet and savory.
Unleash the power of your breakfast cereal by trying any of these seven recipes incorporating Cheerios.
1. No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars
“These fast, easy, bars cost just a fraction of storebought bars to make, they’re healthier, and they’ve got fun, bright colors,” writes Averie Cooks. Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds lend these snack bars their distinctive flavor, while Cheerios, raisins, and nuts combine for a spectacularly satisfying crunch in each bite. The recipe is highly customizable, so toss in a few of your favorite nuts, fruits, or chocolates as desired — and if you’re looking for a sugar fix, use Honey Nut Cheerios in place of original Cheerios. The recipe takes just 15 minutes to make, plus 2 hours for chilling, and makes for a great snack or on-the-go breakfast.
Visit Averie Cooks for the recipe.
2. Spicy Cheerio Nut Bars
These distinctively spiced cereal bars are crunchy, convenient, and healthy, making them a great option for anytime snacking. “Texturally, these bars are crunchy as well as sticky,” writes Min, the blogger behind MJ and Hungryman. She adds that these zesty bars are a great option for adventurous snackers, noting that each bite is “sweet at first but followed by a kick from the spices.” Each bar contains 158 calories and 4 grams of protein to keep you energized for hours.
Visit MJ and Hungryman for the recipe.
3. Oats and Chocolate Cheerio Breakfast Bars
“No time for breakfast? Don’t worry. Just let these chocolate and oat bars help you out,” Meagan Wied writes for SheKnows. “The best part is that they are perfect for any age.” The delightful medley of oats, chocolate, and peanut butter in these bars makes for a rich, energy-boosting snack that your family and friends will adore. But Cheerios are the true standout ingredient, providing an irresistible crunch that makes it hard to stop eating after just one (luckily, the recipe yields 16).
Visit SheKnows for the recipe.
4. Banana Raisin Muffins
“Breakfast on-the-go has never been more delicious and nutritious!” exclaims Life Made Delicious, and we can’t help but agree. These Banana-Cheerio Muffins can be enjoyed as a snack at any time of day. Each moist and chewy bite is punctuated by a light crunch thanks to the addition of crushed Cheerios. Each muffin contains 190 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. As a bonus, whipping up these treats is an excellent way to use up the last bit of Cheerios in the box (along with any overripe bananas you might have lying around). The recipe takes 40 minutes to make and yields 12 servings.
Visit Life Made Delicious for the recipe.
5. Healthy Puff-io Squares
Little Miss Mama touts these puffy cereal squares, which she adapted from Mama.Pappa.Bubba, as a “healthy alternative to what you can and do buy down your boxed snack aisle.” Instead of relying on sugar- and calorie-loaded granola bars with little to no nutritional value, try these healthful yet equally delicious snacks. A dash of Nutella lends a velvety richness to each square, while cocoa powder and a Cheerio base work together to offset the sweetness.
Visit Little Miss Mama for the recipe.
6. Healthy Party Snack Mix
“Party mix has always been a tradition in our home,” contributor Melissa Hansen writes on Taste of Home. Make it a tradition in yours by using this family-style recipe, spiced with a punchy hint of Worcestershire sauce. “I lightened my mom’s recipe, replacing margarine with heart-healthy olive oil. No one even noticed,” Hansen says. Each ¾-cup serving of this lightened-up and totally snackable party mix contains 150 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.
Visit Taste of Home for the recipe.
7. Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast? We love this recipe already! Then again, these aren’t cookies as you know them: Rachel Roe, the blogger behind Trampling Rose, explains that her cranberry-nut and cheerio breakfast cookies are “a lot more filling than I anticipated” — likely due to the fact that each chewy morsel is loaded with peanut butter, oats, and nutrient-packed Cheerios. The recipe takes a half-hour to make and yields 12 to 15 servings.
Visit Trampling Rose for the recipe.