3 Ingredient Cereal Bars

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I’ve been on the search for a homemade granola bar recipe that is yummy enough my family will eat them.  I seem to be able to make really yummy totally unhealthy bars or ones that are healthy and taste like cardboard.  I’ve also made a few that fit the healthy and yummy qualification but were a crumbly mess to eat.  In the process, I also discovered healthy often means expensive.

Well, this week I finally made a cheap, easy, semi-healthy cereal bar everyone loves!  I have to give the majority of the credit to my sister for the idea though! Basically, she suggested I make rice crispy treats using healthier cereal.  Such a simple and perfect idea!!

I’ve had the boxes of cereal pictured above for several months.  I grabbed them for free at Martin’s.  They taste good and are great with yogurt but after already eating several boxes I am kinda sick of it! The first box has dried cherries, granola, pecans, and walnuts.  The other box has granola and dried peaches and apples.  For my snack bars, I used an equal amount of each.

I’m not claiming these are 100% healthy.  However, this is a healthy alternative to a cookie or Little Debbie snack cake which my hubby likes to pack in his lunches.

3 Ingredient Cereal Bars Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 1 10.5 bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups cereal

To Make:

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows in a pot on the stove.
  2. Stir in cereal.
  3. Press into a greased pan.
  4. Let cool, then cut into bars
The Cost:

My cereal was free, but you should be able to grab this cereal or something similar for around $3.  A bag of marshmallows costs $0.99 and that is pretty standard for the store brand.  3 tbs of butter costs about $0.25.

For around $4.25 you can make 12 large sized cereal bars.  Find a sale and they can be as low as $1.00!

Variations:

Endless possibilities!! You can follow this recipe with any type of cereal!! Hubby says he wants me to try it with Cinnamon Toast Crunch which would be super yummy!  I want to try adding more nuts or even peanut butter to the next batch.  Just be sure to keep the marshmallow ratio correct so they don’t fall apart 🙂

 

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