You can make these quick Honey Peanut Butter Cereal Snacks for your family in just a few minutes. Pure honey and peanut butter is a magical combination and favorite combo ingredients in so many recipes. This is one of the easiest ways to get some protein, honey and fiber in picky eaters.
Homemade Honey Snacks
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.
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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.
- creamy peanut butter
- vanilla extract
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- plain Cherrios
Peanut Butter: In this type of recipe, creamy peanut butter works well. It is easier to mold the snacks into shape without the added bits of nut found in crunchy. However, crunchy will work if that is what you have in the pantry.
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. You can even make homemade gummy bears with honey!
Chocolate Chips: As with many snacks, semi-sweet chocolate chips work well in this recipe. You do not want to have too much sweetness. Semi-sweet gives just a kiss of chocolate flavor to your peanut butter cereal snacks.
Cheerios: Use plain Cheerios without any flavoring. They will blend best with the flavor of the honey and peanut butter.
How to Make Peanut Butter Cereal Snacks with Honey
Combine peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and gently melt. Use short bursts with frequent stirring until ingredients are blended. Add vanilla extract and mix.
Blend 1/2 the measured cheerios into the peanut butter/honey mixture. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and gently fold the mix together. Once they are combined, add the other half of the cheerios and stir.
Use a scoop, or large spoon to portion out small ball sized snacks onto parchment paper or paper cup lined muffin tins. Leave on counter to cool – it will take 30 minutes or so.
Honey-Peanut Butter Cereal Snacks
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 cups 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.
Extra Tips for Making Honey 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.
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.
If you want to create something extra special, try my honey roasted cashews recipe and create a combination gift of both kinds!
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.