Homemade Honey Peanut Butter Cereal Snack Recipe
Pure honey and peanut butter is a magical combination and favorite combo ingredients in so many recipes. You can make these quick Honey Peanut Butter Cereal Snacks for your family in just a few minutes. This is one of the easiest honey recipes around and a good way to get some protein, honey and fiber in picky eaters.
Making your own homemade snacks is the best way to know what is in the recipe. Yes, the purchased cereal may contain unknowns but I always feel that homemade goods are less of a mystery.
You can often save money by cooking at home too! Snack foods are expensive and making your own may help keep your food budget under control.
Using Honey in Recipes
As a long time beekeeper, it is common for me to have a few buckets of honey sitting around. I love to find new ways to use it around the house.
Most of us associate honey as being a food product and what a good one it is! However, there are many other uses for honey too!
When cooking, I try to incorporate honey into my recipes – instead of regular sugar – as much as possible. Even though honey has calories, it is a natural sugar with a lot to offer.
Of course you can use any honey in the recipe. I always like to use raw honey because I feel it retains more of its natural nutrients. However, any honey will work just fine.
Tips for Making Honey Peanut Butter Cereal Snacks
As with some types of recipes – especially candies, you will have better success making this recipe when the humidity is low.
Here in the South, it is often humid and muggy. This tends to make my snacks remain stickier than I like.
Try a half sized batch at first. If they are a bit too sweet for you, next time use a bit more peanut butter and a little less honey.
I only added a small amount of chocolate chips because I did not want the chocolate to overpower the flavor – also they represent added calories.
And a most important tip: use a bigger bowl that I did. My bowl fit into my small microwave but it was not large enough for this recipe and bits kept spilling out.
Then, I had to eat those warm honey peanut butter covered bit of cereal – what a shame. 🙂
If you do find that these are a bit stickier than you desire, just pop them in the frig for a bit. They are delicious cold too.
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 cups of plain cherrios
- Add the peanut butter and honey to a large microwavable bowl. Stir gently to mix ingredients together just a bit. Microwave for 1 minute.
- Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave again and heat an additional 30-45 seconds - we want the mix to be very warm and incorporated but not scorched. Add additional 10 second intervals with stirring in between if needed.
- Add vanilla extract to the peanut butter honey mixture and stir.
- Measure 4 cups of Cheerios and add to the warm mixture - sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips across the top. Gently stir until coated.
- Add the remainder (4 more cups of cheerios) and stir gently with a large spoon until all the cheerios are coated with peanut butter/honey mix.
- Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop portions of the warm mixture on a piece of parchment paper for cooling. The snacks should set up within 30 minutes or so depending on room temperature and humidity.
- If preferred, you can scoop portions into muffin liners and let them cool there. Once cool and set - store honey peanut butter cereal snacks in a tight sealing bag on the counter or in the refrigerator or freezer.
*the recipe works best when the humidity is low - high humidity can cause snacks to remain sticky - if this happens you can throw them in the frig or freezer to firm up.
*when measuring peanut butter or honey - spraying the measuring cup with cooking spray first makes measuring much easier.
*number of servings in recipe will depend on how large of a spoon of scoop you use - mine was about 1/2 cup size.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
Small Homemade Honey Gift Idea
If you need a lot of small gifts for someone for any occassion, these snacks work well. Form the mix into a larger sized ball – 1 cup size and place inside some type of gift bag.
A sweet little gift that is sure to delight. If you use peanut butter – do be sure to put an allergy alert on each one – just in case.
Final Thoughts on Making Honey Peanut Butter Snacks
There you have it. A quick and easy snack to make using real honey. These are so easy to make that the kids can help. Another yummy way to use honey in your kitchen.