These marshmallow cereal bars are a fun snack, breakfast on the go and great for lunch boxes. Use your favorite cereal and enjoy!
Cheerios remind me of tea parties, because tea parties when I was a kid consisted of cheerios and water. Rather extravagant wouldn’t you agree? Back-in-the-daaay there was only one kind of cheerio and it came in a giant yellow box. It finally dawned on me while in the cereal section that there are a TON of different kinds of cheerios now. I mean there’s apple-cinnamon, fruity, multi-grain and CHOCOLATE! I don’t mean to sound whiny *ahem General Mills* but why couldn’t you have sported these flavors when I was a kid?
Sugar cereals were totally banned from my childhood pantry… but I bet ya fifty bucks that if it had Cheerios on the front my Mom would have bought it! The fruity Cheerios would’ve easily replaced the leaves-your-breath-smelling-like-stinky-feet yellow box for sure. Just sayin.
Okay. Back to the cereal bars. These are like Rice Krispies Treats if you think about it. But jazzed up a bit.
I’m using the multi-grain with some oaty clusters… but as I said before, the fruity Cheerios would be SOOO rock solid in this recipe, maybe just minus the almonds and replace with… sprinkles!!
Add a quarter cup of almond into the cereal and toss together with you impeccably clean fingers.
Line a 13×9 pan with some parchment paper to keep the bars from sticking to the pan. No sprays needed, promise.
Melt butter in a large pot. I twirled the pot to get the butter up along the sides so the marshmallow would stick less.
Add in the 6 ounces of mini-marshmallows. The regular size would work but it will take a lot longer to get those suckers to melt… and who has time for THAT?
Keep on stirring…
When the marshmallows are just about completely melted add in the vanilla.
If there are a few lumps it’s really no bigs. Who would cry over a lump of marshmallow in their cereal bar? Uhhhh not this girl.
Dump in the cereal and almonds.
Mix it all around until the melty-marshmallow goodness is through-out.
Plop it into the 13×9…
I quickly greased up my fingertips with some coconut oil and pressed the cereal mound into the pan. It takes all of two seconds.
Now just sit and stare at it while it cools. Painful… yes. But totally worth it. When I’m making Rice Krispies Treats… I never EVER get it to this stage of the game. We eat it straight out of the pan while still warm.
The very moment they are cooled; remove and slice into twenty or so bars. Orrrrr don’t cut it at all… just eat it as one giant bar! How fun is that?
This is my attempt and some pretty wrappers for the bars. Fail? Maybe. Thank YOU brown paper bags that I’ve had for 5 years and never seem to run out of.
The rest went into a storage container. A perfect afternoon snack or as a grown-up breakfast, now if there’s one perk to being a grown up then it’s being able to have marshmallow cereal bars for breakfast!
Enjoy! And if you give these Marshmallow Cereal Bars a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!
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