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:
- 3 tbs. butter
- 1 10.5 bag of marshmallows
- 6 cups cereal
- Melt butter and marshmallows in a pot on the stove.
- Stir in cereal.
- Press into a greased pan.
- Let cool, then cut into bars
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!
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 🙂