I love the convenience of snack bars. They’re easy to stash in my bag when I’m on the run, and always come to my rescue when I’m hangry. But I don’t always love their price tag, which can really put a dent in the wallet over time! So, I set out to create a homemade substitute. Since I am the mother of a toddler, I always have Cheerios on hand. With some basic prep I was able to create my own snack bar using Cheerios, nuts and seeds, plus a sweet honey mixture to bind it all together. I also tossed in some spice to make things interesting.
The ingredients for these bars are pretty basic (see full ingredient list below). The nice thing about this recipe is it’s easy to customize based on what’s in your pantry. Use your favorite nuts, seeds and spices! I used almonds, pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, flax, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne.
Combine the Cheerios, nuts and spices into a bowl. Next, heat up some honey and coconut oil and boil until it thickens a bit (this is what will bind the bars together). Stir the mixture into the Cheerios, nuts and seeds mixture.
Waiting for these guys to cool is so hard, but it’s important you let them cool completely before cutting, otherwise they will fall apart. Once they are cool, cut them into squares and wrap them individually in plastic or place in baggies. Store at room temperature and grab one to stash in your purse for when hunger strikes!