Cheerio Treats

February 16, 2012

in Desserts, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Quick and easy treats for the kids. I’m always looking for new ideas! While my Healthy No-Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats are a hit with the girls, here’s another great twist on a cereal treat that is just as quick to prepare!

I must say, I’m really finding inspiration lately from Pinterest. I was inspired by this recipe, but it contained corn syrup and sugar, so I wanted to make it healthier.  The kids loved these, as did my husband, and brother-in-law, considering they polished them off!

Considering they were done in about 10 minutes, these are great to make for home, or even to bring to an event. You any sort of nut or seed butter you’d like, and you can totally use the sticky sweetener of choice. I prefer to use brown rice syrup as its the thickest, and does the best job of holding the cereal together. But its totally up to you!


Cheerio Treats
Prep time
Total time
Cheerio Treats- No-Bake!
Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: 20 clusters
  • 2½ cups cheerios (plain, low sugar variety)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup (or sticky sweetener of choice)
  1. Place the cheerios in a large bowl.
  2. In a large saucepan (or microwave safe bowl), combine peanut butter, and brown rice syrup.
  3. Heat until mixture is hot, and thins out a bit and its easy to mix together.
  4. Add to Cheerios and mix until coated.
  5. Drop by spoonful onto parchment paper or waxed paper coated cooking sheet. Place in fridge for around 30 minutes until set.
  6. Keep stored in the fridge.
Serving size: 1 cluster Calories: 74 Fat: 3.5 g Carbs: 10.6 g Sugar: 7.3 g Sodium: 20 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2 g

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  • Kendra Sparks-Friel

    Just made these. They were delicious right after I mixed all the ingredients. But unfortunately when it came time to give them to my kids an hour later, the cereal has gone completely soggy and stale-like tasting 🙁 I set them I’m the fridge for 20 minutes as well….

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Sorry to hear that! And did you use honey or brown rice syrup or agave? I may have to re-test this recipe and see if the adding of the water is doing that. Haven’t made them in a long time.

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    What a delicious recipe! 🙂

  • Amy Madden

    Mmm these look and sound delicious! I have some super plain waffle bite cereal in the cupboard that nobody liked much, I might try and use some of those up in these (they’re very much like cheerios, probably a little less flavour so I’ll definitely remember to add the vanilla). Yum!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Good idea! Yes, you could totally switch up the kind of cereal you use.

  • Christine Fretwell

    After this hit the news today, do you think this would be okay to use agave nectar instead?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Honey would probably be the best choice….
      Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy,

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Haha you and I are both revealing our love of Pinterest today! These treats look amazing. I’m so glad I can always rely on your recipes to use natural sweeteners!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Great minds think alike! Although I bummed as a Facebook fan told me that Brown Rice Syrup is all over the news for containing arsenic. Yikes. I hope its not true. I prefer it to honey, as it doesn’t have as many grams of sugar.

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