It's hard to find easy after school snacks for kids. These cereal bar recipes are easy to make and made from your children's favorite breakfast cereals.
Rice Krispies Treats
2/3 c. butter
1 pkg. (10 oz. , about 40) large marshmallows or 4 c. miniature marshmallows
6 c. Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal until well coated. Press mixture into buttered 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Cut into squares.
Variations: Instead of Rice Krispies, use Cocoa Krispies, Lucky Charms, or Fruity Pebbles.
Peanut Treats: Add 1 cup salted peanuts with cereal.
Peanut Butter Treats: Stir 1/4 cup peanut butter into marshmallow mixture just before adding cereal.
Gummy Worm Marshmallow Bars: Add 1 c. gummy worms, cut in half, when stirring in cereal.
Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cookies
2 c. Captain Crunch peanut butter cereal
2 c. Rice Krispies
1-1/2 pounds white almond bark
2 c. salted peanuts
2 c. colored marshmallows
Melt marshmallows and almond bark in saucepan over low heat and pour over cereals and peanuts. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper or put in 9x13-inch (buttered) pan and cut into squares.
Special K Bars
1/2 c. light Karo syrup
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. peanut butter
3 c. Special K cereal
Mix Karo syrup, sugar, and peanut butter in a large saucepan. Heat until boiling. Mix in Special K. Press mixture into buttered 9x9-in. baking dish. Cool and cut into squares.
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. chocolate chips
Melt chips together and spread over bars. If too thick to spread, add a little milk until desired consistency.
1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. Cheerios cereal
1 c. salted peanuts
Bring sugar and honey to a boil in large saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter until blended. Pour in cheerios and peanuts and mix until well coated. Press mixture into buttered 13x9x2-in. baking dish. Let cool and cut into squares.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com