Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola
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Two breakfast favorites combine into one in this Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola! The crunchy clusters of Cheerios™ and oats are packed with peanut butter and honey, plus a touch of cinnamon.
Every year, I tell my new group of third-grade students the story of my first day of third grade. It’s not a particularly remarkable story, which is the point I want to make to them. Their stories, no matter how big or small, are important and worth telling. I write the story of myself eating breakfast on my first day of school as a way to introduce them to writing with voice and detail about the small moments in their lives.
I tell my students how I nervously sat at my family’s kitchen table, slowly swirling cereal around in my bowl with my spoon. Even though my tummy was full of butterflies, I still made myself eat a little bit of breakfast. My mom said I needed something in my stomach and she also knew that breakfast needed to be something familiar and comforting. All those years ago the breakfast that made me feel just a tiny bit better on my first day of school was a bowl of Cheerios™.
On a recent shopping trip I was picking up a couple of boxes of Cheerios™. I noticed stickers on the boxes for a new Cheerios™ campaign: “Buy a Box, Give a Free Box.” For a limited time, when you buy a specially marked box of Cheerios™, you can give a free box to a person of your choosing. How fun is that?
I’m giving a free box of Cheerios™ to my mom and dad, who for so many years made me a wholesome breakfast including Cheerios™. Giving the box is really easy, and the directions are clearly listed inside the “Buy a Box, Give a Free Box” sticker. Each box of Cheerios™ has a unique code that you enter online. Follow the steps to give a coupon for a free box of Cheerios™ to the recipient of your choice. You can even design an e-card to be delivered along with your coupon. So easy. So fun!
Just as Cheerios™ are a huge part of my memories from my childhood, today they are a favorite with my own kids. At least once a day William brings me the Cheerios™ box (we always have at least one in our cupboard) and says, “Mom, I want some Cheerios™.” I wasn’t surprised one bit by how much he loved this Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola, made with his favorite cereal.
This granola is jam-packed with peanut butter flavor. The peanut butter and honey coat the Cheerios™and oats, creating big clusters. When the granola first comes out of the oven, it may not be as crisp as you’d hope, but just wait. Leave it alone on the pan and as it cools it crisps up and you’re left with crunchy clusters of this Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola. You’ll want to eat it straight from the pan by the handful. Go ahead, I won’t tell. 😉
This Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola is such a simple recipe, too. It’s made with just five ingredients and takes less than ten minutes to prep for the oven. I’m sure you can imagine how wonderful your kitchen will smell as it bakes.
I used Multi-Grain Cheerios™ in my granola. Plain Cheerios™, Honey Nut Cheerios™, or even Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ would also be delicious in this recipe!
Be sure to pick up a box of Cheerios™ to make a batch of this granola and receive your “Buy a Box, Give a Free Box” coupon. Who will you give a box to?
Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups Multi-Grain Cheerios™, or your favorite kind of Cheerios™
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter, I used natural peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, stir together the Cheerios™, oats, and cinnamon.
- Place the peanut butter and honey in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup or bowl. Heat on high power in the microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Heat for 30 more seconds and then stir until combined and smooth. Pour over the Cheerios™ mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. You will want to work quickly, as the peanut butter and honey are easier to distribute while they are warm.
- Spread the mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake granola for 15 minutes; stir. Using the back of a spatula, press the mixture down in an even layer in the pan. Bake for 12-16 more minutes, until granola is lightly browned. Do not stir granola again, so that you end up with big clusters.
- Let granola cool completely on the pan; it will crisp up as it cools. I store my granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
More Delicious Granola Recipes:
- Peanut Butter Granola
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Easy Homemade Granola Recipe
- Cranberry Coconut Granola
- No Bake Granola Bars
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars
I’m sure your students love hearing your first day of third grade story, Kristine! Cheerios is a favorite cereal of mine, so I know I would love this granola. Such a perfect breakfast or mid-morning snack!
Thanks, Gayle! I love eating this granola as an evening snack. 🙂
Aww I love this post Kristine! And this granola! I’ve never thought to include Cheerios in granola, but it looks amazing. Plus with cinnamon, PB, and honey – I’ve got to make this!
Thanks, Alyssa! 🙂 We certainly went through a big batch of this granola quickly!
What a sweet story! I would get so nervous before the first day of school, and it was almost impossible to eat breakfast. I bet that story makes your students feel at ease. This granola sounds delicious!
Thank you, Natalie! I still get a little nervous on the first day of school. 😉
That’s such a sweet story to tell, Kristine! I love cheerios and granola, but I’ve never thought to combine the two. I may need to give that a try soon, this looks delicious!
Thanks, Danielle! If you love Cheerios and granola (and peanut butter!) then I think you would love this!
This granola!!!! Love that you used Cheerios in it. I’ve loved cheerios for as long as I can remember. 🙂
Thank you, Christin! I think Cheerios are a favorite cereal for many kids (and adults)!
I love this recipe! It looks like such a tasty recipe and a fun alternative to cereal on its own. #client
Thanks, Kelly! We love homemade granola and it was extra fun and tasty with the Cheerios!
Aaw what a sweet story!, love it, Kristine! Homemade granola is my favoite and I love all those cheerios you added. So fun and looks delicious!
Thanks, Kelly! We’ve been eating batch after batch of this Cheerios granola. 🙂
Dear Kristine, What a wonderful idea with Cheerios. This granola looks delicious. I always told my kids when they were little how breakfast was the most important meal of the day and made sure they had a little something to eat. Cheerios was usually my go-to! xo, Catherine
Thanks, Catherine! It is so important to send kids off to school with a good breakfast in their tummies. 🙂
I’m a total granola-addict, so something tells me I would demolish a batch of this awesome stuff like nobody’s business! Peanut butter, honey and cherrios for the WIN!
Yep, this granola disappears SO quickly!!!
I love the idea of adding Cheerios to granola, Kristine, and with peanut butter no less! This would be a huge hit in my house and I’m pinning to make this week. And how cute is your little boy? 🙂
Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Marcie! I hope you love the granola!
I have a batch in oven now I think this will be a hit in my house. I was thinking how we could incorporate either banana chips or mashed up banana.
Yum! I’ve made granola with mashed banana before and it works well! I’d mix it into the peanut butter and honey and reduce the honey a bit since the banana adds some sweetness. Banana chips mixed in after baking would be delicious as well! I hope you enjoyed your granola!
Thank you for the recipe. I have made it and my kids love it. I am going to post my pictures and a link to your recipe on my blog: http://cathyscleaneatingchronicles.blogspot.com
I have a question, thought I would make this for a family trip in a week. Is it necessary to store in the refrigerator or just in a sealed container okay?
It will be fine in a sealed container. Have a great trip, and enjoy the granola!
My search for the perfect granola recipe is over! My family is obsessed with this stuff. I used original Cheerios and cut the honey in half for a lower sugar version. It is amazing!