Cheerio Energy Snacks

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Snacks for kids can sometimes be a challenge when they have picky tastes. What’s great about this recipe is you can add in whatever your kids happen to like! Initially, I made these with coconut, dried cranberries and chocolate chips for add ins. Second time around I left out the chocolate chips, cause if you can believe it, one of my girls isn’t a big fan of chocolate. Gasp!

These can be made vegan by subbing the honey for agave. Make it nut-free by subbing out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter.  I find they don’t stick together into a ball (which is how I wanted to make them initially). So I put them in muffin cups and placed them in the fridge. They do harden up a little when chilled and stick together a bit better.

What I found out later, is they loved having them in these little cups. They’d just grab one out of the fridge and pick at it piece by piece.

I got these silicone muffin cups ages ago, but they are great to have around. Paper muffin cups would also work if you have those on hand too.

Cheerio Energy Snacks
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Easy to make snack for kids! Choose any add ins your kids like!
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 12 muffin cups
  • 2 cups plain Cheerios
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter, sunflower seed butter etc)
  • ¼ cup honey (or agave)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  1. In a larger bowl, add in the Cheerios and add ins you'll be using. We liked coconut, dried cranberries & chocolate chips.
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, add together the peanut butter and honey. Stir until combined.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove, give a stir and place back in and microwave for 30 seconds more. You want the peanut butter and honey to get a little thinner from the heat.
  4. Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over the cereal and add ins, stir until evenly coated.
  5. Put about ¼ cup of the mixture into a muffin cup (silicone or paper cups work best).
  6. Place in a container and store in the fridge.
*** use whatever you like for add ins. Coconut, dried cranberries & chocolate chips are what I used, but just put in whatever your kids like.
Serving size: 1/12 of recipe Calories: 145 Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 2.7 g Carbs: 16 g Sugar: 9.8 g Sodium: 62 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg