Cheerios have matured! They are no longer simply for the children’s breakfast. They are now the ultimate crispy snack that kids and adults will enjoy when combined with peanut butter and honey and drizzled with fine dark chocolate.
Cheerios were first introduced to the world more than 80 years ago. Cheerios have become an unavoidable part of our lives since then. They are typically served with cold milk for breakfast, but other people enjoy them as a snack.
The original flavor was plain oats, which is still available today, but many more flavors have been introduced since then. Blueberry Cheerios, maple-flavored Cheerios, honey-flavored Cheerios, chocolate, pumpkin spice Cheerios, and many more, including some limited editions.
Cheerios have been used in a variety of ways, including chocolate Cheerios wrapped strawberries, trail mixes, and, of course, Cheerios bars. Today I’m presenting my four-ingredient quick peanut butter cheerios bars. They are a great snack that is flavorful and has an incredibly crunchy feel.
Choosing The Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is an American culinary staple. It is available in numerous types, including sugar-free, smooth, chunky, normal, and natural. There are numerous types of regular peanut butter; the amount of partially hydrogenated oil and sugar varies by brand, but these products always contain added sugar and oil. The standard versions also include preservatives, thus they are typically not required to be refrigerated after opening.
The only ingredient in natural peanut butter is pulverized peanuts; it has no sugar, oil, or preservatives. These are excellent if you do not mind the tendency for oil to separate from the solids. This is not a significant issue, but you will need to thoroughly stir your peanut butter before each usage.
Typically, organic peanut butter is created without sugar and from peanuts cultivated without pesticides. Typically, these variants are more expensive than regular peanut butter.
In terms of texture, peanut butter is available in smooth and chunky varieties. The chunky and crispy varieties contain finely chopped peanuts. Smooth peanut butter is also known as creamy peanut butter and has no peanut pieces.
I chose classic, unsweetened, smooth peanut butter for this recipe. Due to the honey and Honey Nut Cheerios in the recipe, the addition of peanut butter and sugar may result in bars that are on the sweeter side. I enjoy well-balanced flavors, but if you have a sweet tooth, use traditional peanut butter.
Choosing The Right Cheerios
I opted for Honey Cheerios for this dish. If you’re looking to switch things up, consider the pumpkin spice, almond oat, or plain original Cheerios.
Can I Use A Different Nut Butter?
I have successfully made these with almond butter in instead of peanut butter. I have not tried any other kind of nut butter, but I have no doubt that they will work. I recommend hazelnut or pistachio nut spread.
Making Cheerio Bars (Overview)
Making Cheerios bars is simple. You simply need four items and a few minutes of your time. Melted honey and peanut butter are the finest method to soak up and thoroughly coat Cheerios.
In a sauce pot, combine honey and peanut butter and simmer over low heat until melted. Then, pour the mixture over the Cheerios and toss to coat evenly. You will need to heat these two ingredients so that they get runnier and better coat the Cheerios.
You can include some small marshmallows to give the Cheerio bars a more intriguing flavor. Over low heat, melt the marshmallows with the peanut butter and honey.
When pushing cheerio bars into the pan, be careful as they are quite sticky and may stick to your spoon or spatula. I enjoy pressing things with damp fingers.
Additionally, Cheerio bars go incredibly well with any type of chocolate. You can top it with chocolate drizzle or mix some chopped Snickers bars with the Cheerios.
12 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey
2 oz excellent dark chocolate 3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1. Use plastic foil or baking paper to line a 9-inch pan.
2. Combine peanut butter and honey in a saucepan. Over low heat, melt the ingredients until they are fully smooth and flowing.
3. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the Cheerios in a large mixing dish.
4. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir the mixture until well coated and mixed.
5.Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and press it down using moistened fingers.
6. Melt the chocolate in 30-second increments in the microwave, then sprinkle it over the Cheerios.
7. Chill for one hour in the freezer.
Cut the chilled mixture into twelve squares.
1/2 a jar of creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons of honey
2 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate 3 cups of Honey Nut Cheerios
Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Combine honey and peanut butter in a saucepan. Melt the ingredients until fully smooth and flowing over low heat.
Place Cheerios in a big bowl and pour peanut butter mixture over them.
Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir the ingredients until it is evenly coated and mixed.
Wet your fingers and press the mixture with them into the baking dish.
Melt the chocolate in 30-second increments in the microwave, then drizzle it over the Cheerios.
Chill for one hour in the freezer.
Cut the mixture into twelve bars.
Serve as desired and keep in the refrigerator.