Parents everywhere are celebrating Back to School – and we are certainly no exception. Even the girls are excited to go back and reconnect with their friends and get some structure back to our days. As much as I love the structure that school brings, one thing I do not like is how crazy it makes our eating schedule. Mike and I are pretty much “3 meals a day” type people since starting Whole30 – but no matter what, the girls come home “starving to death” the moment they get off the bus. They want something tasty, I want something that is healthy and does not ruin their appetite at dinner time. Thanks to Chex™ Cereal, we all get exactly what we want.
The week before school the girls and I whipped up some of our favorite Chex™ Cereal Recipes to have on hand for after school. I love that most all Chex™ recipes only require a few ingredients and a microwave – so even Midge can help without worry. My favorite was the Honey-Peanut School Fuel, but Mike and the girls loved the Chex™ Apple Almond Bars. Both snacks were delicious and portable – Midge even asked if she could take them with her to school in her lunch box. And since Chex™ is on Buy One Get One Free from 8/28 through 9/3 at Publix, they are economical as well.
Honey Peanut School Fuel
- 6 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
- 4 cups Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey Cereal
- 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate covered peanut candy
Mix peanuts and cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Spray the inside of a measuring cup with cooking spray and melt honey and butter together in the microwave, heating for 30 seconds and stirring until mixture comes to a boil and butter is completely melted. Carefully pour over cereal mixture, gently mixing to coat. Microwave entire bowl for 2 minutes – stirring every minute until mixture looks glazed. Then spread onto a cookie sheet or waxed paper to cool. Once cool, return to mixing bowl and mix in chocolate candies. Divide in to air tight baggies for easy grab and go snacking.
Chex™ Apple Almond Bars
- 4 cups Cinnamon or Rice Chex™
- 2/3 cup chopped dried apples
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 tbsp margarine
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
In a large bowl, mix cereal, apples, almonds and cranberries and set aside. Line the bottom of an 8 inch pan with foil and then spray foil with cooking spray. In a microwaveable bowl melt margarine, corn syrup and brown sugar on high 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until mixture is boiling. Pour over cereal mixture and stir gently until well coated. Using butter hands, gently press mixture into greased foiled pan – pressing down firmly. (Careful – it may be hot) Refrigerate for one hour or until bars are set enough to cut. Cut into bars and place in airtight baggies.
I love both of these snacks for different reasons. The Honey Peanut School Fuel is an easy snack that can literally go anywhere. I even let the girls snack on it in the car – anyone who knows me knows we do NOT eat or drink in my car. But the school fuel isnt messy and gives them that sweet/salty mixture that they love. And it is packed with protein which is what I love!
The Chex™ Apple Almond Bars are a great snack that is wholesome and filling – best for Midge who gets off the bus at 2:30 and has to hold off on dinner for another three hours. I sprinkled some coconut into the recipe just for a little more zing, and she loved it – wanting me to add more to the next batch.
Check out these quick videos showing how easy Chex™ makes after school snacks, and be sure to check out their website for even more tasty treats.
Chex Honey Peanut School Fuel Mix: http://youtu.be/XpMYzgEXbyU
Chex Apple-Almond Bars: http://youtu.be/sUL3krS7sjw
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.