No Bake fruit and nut bars with Cheerios

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Have you been looking for Cheerios recipes? Give these yummilicious fruit and nut bars a try this summer! Made with almonds, dry gooseberry and crispy Cheerios, these no bake bars are so quick to make, the perfect summer snack for the kiddos!

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You, guys! These crazy delicious fruit and nut bars are real life savers! Going through our morning routine is always, with no exception a tough deed, especially on school days! Between taking care of kids’ morning grumpiness (valid for kids of all ages lol), getting them ready for school and making breakfast we’re pretty much left with no time to have breakfast ourselves!

And in my book no breakfast is a big “no, no”! I can’t go through a busy day (which is almost every single day) without a healthy, nutritious breakfast or by 11 AM I’m all drained, dizzy and a lot grumpier than the kids in the morning! It’s so obvious that I can’t be productive when my head is spinning around and my brain is practically blank! So I need me a quick breakfast and this almond bars recipe is my perfect go-to idea when I’m running short on time.

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These fruit and nut bars are a great solution to our problem, very handy, healthy and delicious! My amazing gooseberry bars are a grab and go breakfast for all you busy families out there and everyone will absolutely love these!

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If you love a crunchy breakfast that’s also healthy and gives you plenty of energy, these fruit and nut bars are perfect for you! They’re fast and easy, it literally takes 10 minutes to make and you probably have everything you need in your pantry right now.

Make a big batch and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Pair with your morning coffee or tea or give a glass of milk to the kids and you’re all ready to face the challenges of a new busy day!

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To make my amazing no bake bars I used a base of Cheerios, mixed with dry gooseberries and dry cherries, almonds and pumpkin seeds. Any of the dried fruit and nut can be swapped with your favorite but if you do, please note the bars won’t look and taste the same as the original recipe.

I decided to add a bit of honey and brown sugar but if you found your dried fruit is sweet enough, you can skip using these two ingredients.

To make these fruit and nut bars even more amazing I added peanut butter. This ingredient will also help with keeping all the ingredients together and shape and cut them into easy to serve bars.

These healthy Cheerio bars are great as a quick breakfast, an afternoon snack or a pre-workout snack!

No bake bars
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Fruit and nut bars

Have you been looking for Cheerios recipes? Give these yummilicious fruit and nut bars a try this summer! Made with almonds, dry gooseberry and crispy Cheerios, these no bake bars are so quick to make, the perfect summer snack for the kiddos!
Prep Time10 minutes
Chilling time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond bars recipe, cheerios recipes, fruit and nut bars, gooseberry bars, healthy cheerio bars, no bake bars
Servings: 20 bars
Author: Petro Neagu

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Cheerios Ancient grains
  • 3 cups Cheerios original
  • 1/2 cup dried gooseberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup almonds whole
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds raw
  • 1/2 cup honey raw
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment

Instructions

  • Line a rimmed 12 x 16 inch baking sheet with wax paper or baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the Cheerios, dried cherries, gooseberries, almonds and pumpkin seeds.
  • In a medium saucepan, mix honey and sugar on medium heat.
  • Using a silicone spatula, stir until the mixture comes to a full rolling boil.
  • Lower the heat and continue boiling for one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Turn off the heat and add peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until the peanut butter has melted and the mixture is smooth with no lumps.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture over the Cheerios mixture and gently stir until evenly combined. Make sure you don't crush the Cheerios.
  • Spread the mixture into the baking sheet and gently press down with the spatula.
  • Cover with another piece of wax paper, and use a small rolling pin to gently press the bars down for a more compact layer.
  • Refrigerate until firm, for a minimum of two hours, or transfer to a freezer for 40 minutes, then cut into bars.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Freeze for up to 2 months.
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55 Comments

  1. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

    These look really yummy, a great snack to keep you going in the afternoons!

  2. Giramuk's Kitchen says:

    These look like a great snack! They remind me of a bar I used to eat as a kid, so I’m really excited to try it out :)

  3. I love all the fruit and nuts going into these =)

  4. kelly mcgrew says:

    i’d love to try the cheerios + ancient grains!

  5. Christine Tolhurst says:

    I love all the flavors that Cheerios keeps coming out with. I think I would like the flavor you tried as well with the ancient grains. Those bars look awesome, Petro!

  6. The Ancient Grains look really good. They are actually on my shopping list.

  7. latanya t says:

    I’m really excited about the Nature Valley Crisp Bars.

  8. cmjenniferm says:

    I haven’t tried these new Cheerios, but they sound perfect for these bars.

  9. Jenny Unternahrer says:

    Gooseberries grow wild in the timber around our house. Never thought about dried ones! Neat!

  10. KevinIsCooking says:

    These look fantastic and I love the gooseberries!

  11. I am very excited about the Gluten Free options, I’m definitely checking the Chex Granola Mix out.

  12. Dan from Platter Talk says:

    This cereal snack is destined to become a classic, in our for certain! Very nicely done, Petro!

  13. I love how cheerios is incorporating healthier grains. I have always liked nature valley products and cannot wait to try these!

  14. I want to try the Cajun Chex Mix.

  15. KC the Kitchen Chopper says:

    I’ve never used Gooseberries in a recipe. Sounds awesome along with all the almonds and other healthful goodies.

  16. keciasflavorbreakthrough says:

    I love the mix of the fruity, nutty whole grains with a bit of sweetness! Healthy, but a true treat as well!

  17. Joanne/WineladyCooks says:

    I have to run out right now but I’m going to make these when I get back. I love having these on hand for a healthy alternative for a snack as well. Delicious.

  18. Melissa M says:

    I love Nature Valley bars. I can’t wait to try the new ones.

  19. Evelyn @ My Turn for us says:

    I am loving these bars, I have never tried gooseberries but would love to!!!
    Thanks for sharing the coupons and I didn’t know that Cheerios has a protein added cereal!! Awesome!! I love my Cheerios but sometimes buy other brands because of the protein!! Now I can get my Cheerios and protein!!

  20. What a great after school snack for my boys! Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!