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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a delicious after-school snack.


Both of my boys are in school this year. Should I feel guilty that I don’t feel sad? Nah. Waste of energy. I know they’re having great times at school and I now have time to think an entire paragraph without being interrupted three times. Four times. Five times…more! Talk about sky-rocketing productivity! When the boys get home, we’re all ready to have fun together and I make a point of doing a little something special with them, like making these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. Thanks for helping me make smiles, Cheerios, and thanks for sponsoring this post.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars
 
School just started a couple of weeks ago but we’re already getting into a comfortable routine. I think getting them out the door on time is the biggest challenge but even that is easier already.

When I get the next day’s details ready the night before, mornings are a lot less frustrating.

The second greatest challenge is when they come home from school. They’re both hungry and a little tired when they get home.

Kid Eating Cheerios

The first couple of days Rowen and Dax came in jabbering about what they did that day but already when I ask, “What was your favorite thing today?” I only hear, “Recess.”

NO, Momma MUST hear details! I taught elementary school before I became Momma and I know there’s a lot going on at school.

So, I decided making after-school snacks together would be our thing. They’re more talkative when we are working on a project—especially if it’s a recipe that means good snacking!

How to Make Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars

They’re both used to my kitchen experiments and food photography, and they like “helping”. These bars are perfect for small helpers because they can pour and stir—their favorite parts, next to tasting.

Cheerios Cookies Recipes

Although I always expect a few handfuls of Cheerios will disappear and there will be bowl licking, I don’t mind. Cheerios is made with whole grain oats, no artificial flavors or colors, and they’re heart healthy—all things I feel good about.

Cheerios

Besides, these bars are best after they’ve chilled so noshing while they’re waiting for the finished product keeps ‘em happy. And it just gives us a little more time for goofing together.

Cheerios Bars

After all, I don’t feel sad my guys are both in school this year…but I am very glad when they get home. At the end of the day, I don’t even mind being interrupted!

Cheerios Cookies

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars


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Ingredients

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

¾ cup honey

4 cups original Cheerios

3 cups Chocolate Cheerios

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips


Instructions

In microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for 1 minute.  Stir to mix well.

In large bowl, pour in cereal.

Pour half of the peanut butter and honey over the Cheerios and gently fold to mix.

Pour remaining peanut butter and honey into the bowl and gently mix until all Cheerios are covered.

Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and pour mix into pan.

Place in fridge for 1 hour until completely chilled.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, microwaving in 30 second bursts.

When bars are chilled, remove from pan; cut into 12 squares.

Spoon melted chocolate onto each bar; spread an even layer over the bars.

Return to fridge to chill.

Notes

I recommend storing these in the fridge! Makes 12 bars.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.