Now that Nathan is in school, he has been packing snacks and lunch to have in class. From clementines to peanut butter crackers, something easy to pack and quick to eat is the name of the game when it comes to his snacks.

This week, I decided to whip up some cereal bars for him to take. This recipe is a hand-me-down from my sister, Alison. I remember her making these all the time while she was in high school, and I was the lucky little sister who got to help eat them 🙂 (Probably more than my fair share.)

The smell of these bars still brings back memories of us in our kitchen at home, and it also makes my mouth start watering in anticipation…

These bars are easy to make and easy to pack. Perfect for a simple snack recipe!

Alison’s Cereal Bars

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  • Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (or a similar consistency)
  • Peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Raisins
  • Craisins
  • 9X9 pan
  • Mixing bowl (microwaveable)


  1. Put 3 cups mini marshmallows into mixing bowl
  2. Add 1 cup peanut butter to the mixing bowl
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute (marshmallows should bubble up and peanut butter softens)
  4. Stir mixture vigorously until peanut butter and marshmallows have a sticky smooth consistency
  5. Quickly (before mixture cools too much) add desired amount of cereal, craisins and raisins to the mixing bowl (We used 2-3 cups of cereal and a couple handfuls each of the raisins and craisins, but customize this to your liking!)
  6. After mixing, quickly press into a 9X9 baking pan, flattening to the edges. Feel free to add on more raisins or craisins to the top.
  7. Let cool before cutting into squares for snacking later!

Notes: This recipe could easily be changed to suit your tastes or dietary needs. Different cereals, such as honey nut cheerios, Rice Krispies or Special K varieties would work, or a mix of whatever cereals you have on hand. Other add-ins that would work well are slivered almonds or pecans, chocolate chips, dried fruit, or even crumbled crackers (such as Saltines) for a sweet ‘n salty combo. The options are endless!

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