As well as being a great cereal for breakfast, Cheerios are also awesome little snack things for kids just mastering solid food and for adults alike. Cheerios were originally made by general Mills but now come from all different brands and flavors. Our fave around here is the honey nut Cheerios as they make a great healthy cereal.
Without further ado here are 8 New Uses For Cheerios.
1) Homemade Granola
Karyn sent this fun recipe to me.
Mix the following dry ingredients together:
- 1 cup Cheerios
- 1 cup of wheat germ (optional)
- 3 cups uncooked oatmeal flakes,
- 1 cup flaked coconut(unsweetened)
- 1/2 half cup sesame seeds
- Coarsely chopped natural almonds to taste
Mix the following wet ingredients together and then add to above dry ingredients:
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup canola or other vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Mix well, pour into a pan with high sides (not a cookie sheet!) and bake in a 300 – 325 degree oven for about 15 -20 minutes, turning mixture every 5 minutes or so and making sure it toasts evenly to a golden brown.
NOTE: You can modify proportions and can substitute, add or omit as you like. You can also double, triple, quadruple the recipe. No matter what, it always comes out good. Just stir often while it’s in the oven and watch carefully when it begins to brown – it can quickly start to burn!!
2) Cheerio Bars
Recipe from my reader, Kim.
- 6 c. Honey Nut Cheerios
- 1 c. Karo
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 1 c. raisins, optional
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 1 c. peanuts
* In a large dish. Mix Cheerios, peanuts and raisins. Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with Pam or grease with butter. In saucepan heat Karo and sugar to boiling. Turn off. Heat add peanut butter and mix until smooth. Pour over Cheerios mixture. Press into pan and cool. Cut into squares.
3) Cheerio Peanut Bars
This recipe from Kim is a fun twist on an old fave.
- 2 Tablespoons of Butter
- 1 Bag of Marshmallows
- 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
- 6 Cups of Cheerios
- 1/2 Cup of Dry Roasted Peanuts
Melt butter and mix with marshmallows. Now melt marshmallows. I usually do this in the microwave in a large plastic bowl with 40 sec intervals it works best and there is little clean up. Add peanut butter and microwave for about 30 seconds more. Stir in Cheerios and nuts. Spread in a greased 9X12 pan. Cool and cut into bars. For a special treat, I will add in some mini m&m’s.
4) Board Game Pieces
Have you lost little bits from a fave board game? Why not grab some cheerios instead and keep the game moving.
5) Learn To Count
Teach your little ones to count with cheerios which are the perfect size for little hands. Every time they get an answer right they get a cheerio.
Grab some stale bread and yarn and poke a hole in the bread. String some cheerios through it and then through the bread and hang it on a tree as a bird feeder.
7) Teach Colors
Get the colorful cheerios to teach colors. Make a rainbow out of them on a sheet of construction paper after teaching the colors.
8) Cheerios Necklace
Have your kids string some cheerios on a piece of yarn to make a necklace. This is a great idea to have on hand for on-the-go. Instead of grabbing granola bars, reach for this snack as you run out the door. Make sure your kiddos are old enough to handle the yarn though!
How about you? How do you eat your Cheerios?