Ditch the bowls and say hello to our Berries and Cream Cereal Bars! For a day jam-packed with meetings, errands, and school pickups, these bars are all you’ll need to bring balance back into a hectic schedule.
Why stand in line at the gas station when you can snatch your morning meal from the kitchen counter?
Table of contents
- WHY YOU'LL LOVE BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
- WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
- HOW TO MAKE BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
- TIPS FOR MAKING BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
- Can I Add Peanut Butter To The Berries and Cream Cereal Bars?
- Do I Have To Use White Chocolate?
- Can My Dog Have Sugary Treats?
- ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
Loaded with more nutrients and more fiber, these Berries and Cream Cereal Bars are a great alternative to your usual sit-down breakfast.
And did I mention zero additives?
I want to thank Rice Krispy treats for giving me this idea.
After almost downing a box on a guilt-free busy workday (judgment-free zone), I figured, why not make a healthier version of these and save me the pity party?
Thus, Berries and Cream Cereal Bars were born.
I kept it simple with a few whips of Strawberry, Berry Cheerios, butter, and marshmallows.
If you’ve ever tried a bowl of honey nut cheerios, then you already know how much fiber is packed in.
And with the added benefit of frozen fruit bites, it’s impossible to classify these as anything but energizing.
Plus, they’re extremely delicious.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
- Grab-and-go meal alternative
- Fiber dense
- Great for breakfast, snack, or late-night treats
- Freezable and easy-to-store for up to 1 month
Plus, they're additive and chemical-free! Buh-bye store-bought brands!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
- Strawberry, Berry Cheerios
- Freeze-dried Strawberries
- Freeze-dried Bananas
- White Chocolate
As well as a 9 x 13 dish, large roasting pot, parchment paper, and a sturdy microwaveable bowl.
HOW TO MAKE BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
With less than 2 hours of prep time (the majority of it being refrigeration time), here's how to make Berries and Cream Cereal Bars:
- Take a 1 ½ -inch thick slice of butter (separate from your ½ stick of butter), grease all inner sides of your 9 x 13 dish, and then set aside.
- Place a large roasting pot over medium heat and completely melt down the ½ stick of butter until liquid. Add in your bag of marshmallows and continuously stir both until the marshmallows have melted down.
- Next, add in your Cheerios and frozen fruits, and stir until a sticky texture begins to form. Make sure to remove any lumps for a smoother result.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt down your white chocolate and transfer it to parchment paper.
- For a complete list of instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
TIPS FOR MAKING BERRIES AND CREAM CEREAL BARS
To cut down on your refrigeration steps, I would prepare and refrigerate the white chocolate before beginning the prep work on your marshmallow mixture. This will cut down on additional dishes to clean and makes for an easier cut.
Place your white chocolate in the microwave at the timeframe indicated in the instructions, then immediately transfer to the parchment paper then the refrigerator to set.
Once your marshmallow mixture has melted down, allow cooling for a few minutes, then remove the white chocolate and carefully pour marshmallow mixture on top.
For the top drizzle, save some white chocolate to the side. And once your white chocolate and marshmallow base is set, drizzle the remaining chocolate on top and add in your strawberry toppings.
Can I Add Peanut Butter To The Berries and Cream Cereal Bars?
You can, but I would suggest that it too be a separate layer. Once you have established your white chocolate base, take a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and heat for a few seconds in the microwave, and then gently spoon over your white chocolate before adding the marshmallow topping.
Do I Have To Use White Chocolate?
Absolutely not! I enjoy creating these with strawberry-flavored drizzle, which you can make by melting down strawberry candy melts. I've eaten them as separate bars, as well as created white chocolate and strawberry layers. The possibilities are endless with these bars, which make them fun to create!
Can My Dog Have Sugary Treats?
I'm going to say no because a dog's intestinal system is extremely delicate and cannot handle chocolate. In fact, chocolate is poisonous to dogs! So no to human treats unless approved by your veterinarian or have the pet-approved label on them. Plus, do you really want to go through the chore of placing your dog on a diet afterward? Yeah, I didn't think so.
We go over what dogs can and cannot eat in our, Can Dogs Eat People Food? Which Common Foods Are Safe And Which Are Toxic article, which you can view by clicking on the link.
Same for cats. Unless approved for animal consumption, I would stay away from it.
ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
- CHOCOLATE CHIP AND COCONUT MAGIC BARS
- HOW TO MAKE UNCRUSTABLES AT HOME
- CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS
- CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT CRINKLE COOKIES
- CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CAKE