Living on Less Cereal Recipes

Granola Bars – (A family favorite!!)
¼ cup butter, no substitutions
¼ cup vegetable oil
8 ½ cups mini marshmallows
¼ cup honey
¼ cup peanut butter, generic brands not recommended (**sale** Skippy $2.17)
5 cups old-fashioned oats (**sale** 2/$6 see ad for additional savings)
5 cups crisp rice cereal (**sale** WF $2.69/bag)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup crushed dry roasted peanuts (**sale** 12 oz. jar $2.19)
½ cup mini chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the oats, rice cereal, cracker crumbs, coconut and dry roasted peanuts. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine the butter, oil and marshmallows. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in honey and peanut butter. Pour hot mixture over dry ingredients and stir to combine well. Press into a greased 15x10x1 inch pan. Quickly press in chocolate chips on top of granola bars. Cool completely. When cooled, cut into desired sized bars. Wrap individual bars in cellophane. Makes about 2 dozen.

Italian Snack Mix
6 cups Quaker Toasted Oatmeal Squares (**sale** 5/$7.00 with in-ad coupon)
1 ½ cups mini pretzels (**sale** WF 12-15 oz. $1.25)
1 ½ cups Cheetos
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon onion salt
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. In large bowl, combine cereal, pretzels, and Cheetos. Combine the butter, cheese and seasonings in a small bowl. Pour over cereal mixture and stir to coat. Spread to an ungreased 15x10x1 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool and store in am airtight container.
Indoor S’Mores
5 cups miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup corn syrup
6 tablespoons butter
2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups Golden Grahams cereal (**sale** 10/$15.00 with in-ad coupon)
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a large heavy saucepan over low heat, melt marshmallows, corn syrup, butter, and
1 ½ cups of the chocolate chips, stirring constantly. Remove marshmallow mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Stir cereal into saucepan and gently stir until coated. Stir in remaining 1 cup marshmallows, 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, and the semisweet chips and press into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Cut into bars when cool. Makes 36 bars.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
1 cup sugar (**sale** 25 lb. bag $9.99)
1 cup light corn syrup
6 cups crispy rice cereal (**sale** $2.69/bag)
1 cup peanut butter (**sale** Garden Club 18 oz. $1.49)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in crispy rice cereal. Spread into a greased 13×9 inch pan and press down gently. Spread melted chocolate over the top of the bars and chill. Makes 1 ½ – 2 dozen.
Game Night Snack Mix
3 cups Honey Nut Chex (**sale** 10/$15.00 with in-ad coupon)
1 ½ cups honey roasted peanuts (**sale** 12 oz. jar $2.19)
1 cup chewy fruit snacks (**sale** 10/$15.00 with in-ad coupon)
1 cup raisins
1 cup bite-size licorice

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Gently stir to combine. Enjoy!! Makes 7 ½ cups.

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