No-Bake Cereal Munch – Cooking with Toddlers

DSC_0494On my quest to find more toddler-friendly recipes, I came across one for No-Bake Cheerio Bars and had to give them a try! My toddler mixed all the dry ingredients while I made the caramel in the microwave and, voila! We had a nice brownie pan full of the mix. But… as I tried to cut bars the size of a granola bar, the whole mixture just crumbled. And so, we have cereal “munch” instead of cereal bars.

Honestly, I much prefer eating this as munch. It makes a great snack and you don’t have to worry about whether the bars will keep shape. It tastes similar to Moose Munch or a caramel corn, so it’s VERY easy to eat way too much in one sitting.

Here’s the original recipe from Averie Cooks and my modified version for an 8″ x 8″ pan below. Next time, I might cut the sugar slightly as this was a little bit sweet for my taste.


Cooking spray

¼ C butter

¼ C corn syrup (can substitute honey)

¼ C light brown sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extra

3 C Cheerios

1 C raisins

½ C dried cherries

½ C chocolate covered sunflower seeds (from Trader Joe’s)


1. Line an 8×8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang. Spray with cooking spray

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. Heat on high for 1 minute

3. Stop to stir. Heat on high for another minute. Stop to stir

4. Heat on high for another minute. Stop to stir, with caution as mixture will be hot and bubbly

5. One ingredient at a time, stir in vanilla (cautiously), cereal and then raisins. I had my toddler help me stir here, but be careful as the caramel is hot and cools quickly

6. Turn mixture into prepared pan, packing it down firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top

7. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds

8. Cover pan with a sheet of foil and place in fridge to set, 2-3 hours, or even overnight. Remove foil using overhang and slice or break into “munch” pieces to serve

9. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer up to 6 months


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