Today’s post is sponsored by General Mills and Publix. All content and opinions are my own! #GlutenFreeCereal #GlutenFreeCheerios #PublixGlutenFreeCereal
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always on the lookout for easy, healthy grab-and-go snacks to keep me going through my busy days. For the past month (let’s be serious, more like 4 months), I’ve had a kind of unhealthy obsession with granola. Particularly, this Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola. I swear I made it almost weekly since I posted that recipe back in the beginning of May.
So you can figure it was about time for a bit of variety in the snack department. So of course, I started looking for a little inspiration…
Back when I was in high school, my mom made this amazing snack bars that she, so brilliantly, called “Cheerio Treats”, which go figure, were made out of Cheerios and lots of other delicious (but not so healthy) ingredients.
Picture a rice crispy treat, Cheerio style. aka they were delicious.
So I got to thinking about these beloved Cheerio Treats and decided it was time to give them a total makeover. I absolutely love Cheerios because they’re made out of wholesome oats and are perfectly crunchy and nutty, and did I mention they’re entirely gluten-free?? (Side note: They’re also the only snack I’ll serve my students at school when they forget one. That’s what you get when you have a health-nut teacher!) I thought these little o’s would be a perfect start to a trail mix, so why not take all those trail mix ingredients and turn them into a wholesome, granola-style bar!
So that’s exactly what I did!
Nutty Cheerios, crunchy pepitas, pecans, and cashews, and tart craisins, all mixed together with coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter for the perfect protein-rich snack! Better yet, these babies are no-bake and can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat. Talk about the perfect on-the-go snack!
I like to bring these bars to school as a pick-me-up for end of a long day. They’re a great snack to eat right before I head to the gym or to keep my belly satisfied in that long break between lunch and dinner. One thing to note, these bars are best kept chilled, so they don’t turn into a goopy mess. And for taste purposes too, of course 😉
General Mills has a huge variety of gluten-free cereals, including different flavors of Cheerios, Chex, and Lucky Charms that you could easily substitute in this recipe. Better yet, Publix is offering a $1 off coupon when you buy any 2 General Mills cereals, now through July 3, 2016. Definitely worth it JUST to make these addictive, healthy bars!
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