I’m here to cheer you (and me) up 😊! These yummy Cheerio Cheer-Me-Up Bars have a light crunchy texture similar to Rice Krispie treats that is accompanied with the familiar taste of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. The combination of Cheerios, peanut butter, and chocolate make for a very satisfying, healthy treat that can be eaten for breakfast, dessert, or both 🤭.
Why Cheerio Cheer-Me-Up Bars?
My family and I have been discussing how the days seem to be blending in together, and every day seems the same as the last. I guess being home for 6 months- working remotely will do that to ya.
So, I like to cheer everyone up with a treat once or twice (or three times 😆) a week. I also try to keep things rather light since my husband and I both have a tendency to have high cholesterol if we don’t watch our diets.
Well, I searched Cheerio recipes because that’s just what I happen to have on hand. That’s when I came across a Weight Watcher’s recipe that used only 4 basic ingredients (including Cheerios and honey in lieu of sugar) that are actually healthy for you.
The recipe sounded easy enough, so I tried it. I ended up switching things up a little by using mini chocolate chips, and a larger pan cutting the treats into longer and larger “bars”. I also used crunchy peanut butter, and didn’t cool them as long as the original recipe. Oh, yah…I made up the new name, too 😊.
NOTE: I do not know how many WW points these bars have, but the calories and nutritional information is listed below in the printable recipe.
Honestly, these Cheerio Cheer-Me-Up Bars cheered up everyone in the house so fast, that I had to make another batch the following day. They go perfect with a glass of milk, and they are great right out of the pan still warm, or cold out of the fridge later on. The texture is the best part which will make you feel like you are eating a Reese’s Rice Krispie treat.
How to Make Cheerio Cheer-Me-Up Bars
*** UPDATE: I recently made these bars again for a neighbor and I melted the chocolate chips with the rest of the ingredients and I liked them better (see photo below)! Both options are in the recipe below.
- 3/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 cups plain cheerios (Honey Nut Cheerios work, too!)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
SPECIAL NOTE: You can put the chocolate chips in with the warm mixture instead of waiting to press them in on top. I did it that way the second time around and liked them even better! I also used Honey Nut Cheerios.
Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper or wax paper. Spray paper with cooking spray. Melt peanut butter and honey in small pot just until you can combine them nicely. Add Cheerios to a large mixing bowl, and pour peanut butter/honey mixture over the Cheerios while it is still warm. Press Cheerios down into pan so they are even. After the Cheerios are fairly cooled, add chocolate chips and press them down into Cheerios. Cool for 30 minutes in fridge, or eat warm now! Store with additional parchment paper on top and weigh down with a plate (that's what I did anyway).
Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 172mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 4gSugar 26gProtein 8g