Cheerios Marshmallow Treats

As a dessert marshmallow treats are incredibly underrated.  I, personally, have always made them with Cheerios, because I feel that rice crispies as a cereal are nutritionally bereft without the milk.  Cheerios, on the other hand, come in a variety of flavours, and make at least a nod to nutrition with some fibre and protein content. (I know I’m totally trying to justify Cheerios here.  I just like them.)  As a summer treat, they can’t be beat because you don’t have to turn on the oven or even the stove to get a spur-of-the-moment sweet snack.

Prep Time: 5 minutes, 30 minutes set time

Serves 8-12 (depending on how big you cut them)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups of the Cheerios flavour of your choice

Preparation

  1. Put marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 2 minutes on high.  Add vanilla and stir quickly.
  2. When marshmallows and butter are blended, add in Cheerios and mix well, trying to get marshmallows mixed through evenly.  Work fast because it gets sticky and stiff really quickly.
  3. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ serving dish.  Spray your hands with cooking spray and push mixture firmly into the pan.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes to set up before cutting and serving.

Tips

  • For a festive touch during the holidays, press crushed candy canes into the top of the treats.
  • For a salty-sweet snack, mix crushed pretzel pieces in with the cereal.
  • Dried cranberries, pistachios, and white chocolate chips are another delicious option.

What do you think? Are you going to give it a try?  Take some pictures and let us know how it works for you.

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