This easy, no-bake recipe for Rocky Road Cheerios Bars was created by me as part of a sponsored post for Gluten-Free Cheerios.
I was very excited to learn that Cheerios™ was changing their process to make 5 varieties of Cheerios Gluten-Free: Yellow Box Cheerios™, Honey Nut Cheerios™, MultiGrain Cheerios™, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ and Frosted Cheerios™.
Gluten-Free Cheerios are made by changing the ingredient-sorting process, not the ingredients. (The one exception is for MultiGrain, which was reformulated to include sorghum and millet instead of wheat and barley.) So that means after years of not being able to eat Cheerios, I was delighted to discover that Apple Cinnamon Cheerios had the same great flavor I loved and missed!
I was so excited to have Apple Cinnamon Cheerios again, that I almost single-handedly demolished a box. I would have had more help, but I threatened anybody who came near my box of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. Not my finest moment. But I did share the Apple Cinnamon Trail Mix I made using the remaining Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.
Apple Cinnamon Trail Mix Recipe
- 1/2 cup Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
- 1/2 cup unsalted dry roasted almonds
- 1/2 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup unsalted dry roasted cashews
- 1/2 cup dried apple chips, broken into small pieces
- Add all of the ingredients in a medium bowl or sealable bag.
- Stir or shake until thoroughly mixed.
- Divide the trail mix between 10 snack bags for an easy snack or a tasty addition to brown bag lunches.
While I may have hogged most of the Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, I did share the other 4 varieties with my husband and kids. They were all a hit! My husband create one particularly delicious combination: he bought fresh peaches, sliced them up, and served them on top of Frosted Cheerios creating a wonderful peaches and cream effect.
In an effort to get back into the good graces of my family, I used Yellow Box Cheerios to make Rocky Road Cheerios Bars. My strategy was a complete success!
Rocky Road Cheerios Bars Recipe
Before you start preparing this recipe, place 2 cups of miniature marshmallows and 1 cup of chocolate chips in the freezer. This will help prevent them from melting when you add them in at the end of the recipe.
- 3 tablespoons butter (or dairy-free margarine)
- 1 – 10.5 ounce bag miniature marshmallows
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 4 cups Cheerios (Yellow Box Cheerios or MultiGrain Cheerios)
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 2 cups FROZEN miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup FROZEN semi-sweet chocolate chips ( or dairy-free chocolate chips)
- Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
- Add the butter, the bag of marshmallows, and the cocoa powder to a large pot. Melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat. Once the marshmallow are completely melted, stir in the peanut butter.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Cheerios until they are evenly coated with the chocolate mixture. Stir in the almonds, frozen marshmallows, and frozen chocolate chips.
- Spoon the rocky road cereal mixture into the 9 x 13 pan. Press into an even layer.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm.
- Cut into square bars and serve.
You can find Gluten-Free Cheerios by looking for the Gluten-Free seal on the front of the packaging. Gluten-free Cheerios are beginning to appear in stores now, but will not be fully available until mid-September.
There will not be a price increase for the Gluten-Free Cheerios.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gluten-Free Cheerios.