I have one child who adores peanut butter on everything, and another child who thinks peanut butter is the worst food ever made. As you can imagine, this can create some interesting tension in our household as one child pleads for peanut butter on something, and the other child cries as soon as the peanut butter jar comes out of the cupboard.
If my peanut butter-avoidant child even suspected peanut butter might be in something, she wouldn’t touch it. And quite possibly throw a fit over it, too. Gotta love age three.
One day after school when my oldest was asking for a snack with peanut butter and my youngest was asking for a snack that had nothing resembling peanut butter in it, I stumbled across a recipe in a cookbook my husband had picked up to support a local fundraiser somewhere years before. Some of the best cookbooks are the compilation cookbooks put together by churches, families, or businesses. Everyone submits their best recipes, and there are winners on nearly every page.
One of our new favorite recipes (even for the child who thinks peanut butter is toxic) is No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Treats. It is so easy, and uses ingredients I usually have on hand. It is super quick, too, which is great when the kids have a craving for something sweet and you don’t really have time to do something more elaborate.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Treats
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
4 c. Cheerios
Lightly spray foil with cooking spray, and place on clean surface. Bring granulated sugar and light corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. The mixture should be smooth like this.
Quickly mix in Cheerios, stirring to coat with the peanut butter syrup.
Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared foil and allow to set.
Store in an airtight container. They keep for a while, but we rarely have any left to keep. 🙂 Enjoy!