Emily’s Cheerio Treat Bars

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious cereal bar recipe, you’re going to love these Cheerio Treat Bars. They are made with chocolate, peanut butter, and Cheerios to create an irresistible treat.

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

We all have at least one guilty pleasure recipe, right? It’s the recipe that’s really simple to make. The one without any unique or trendy ingredients like kale or figs. The one that breaks every healthy rule in existence. The one that is so good, you honestly just don’t care and will happily sit down and eat half of them and not let yourself feel guilty about it.

Cheerio Treat Bars:

Well, to be honest, I have several of those recipes. Hence the reason my life is a constant struggle between “Treat yo’ self” and “I want to look good in a bathing suit.” “Treat yo’ self” is currently winning.

Anyway, today is the perfect day to share one of those recipes. Each month I team up with a group of talented blogger friends to share a 10 Minute idea. (You can follow the series HERE.) These ideas are usually related to decorating. This month, however, we’re breaking the rules and sharing a ten minute no-bake dessert. So, after you’re done here, be sure to check out a few more of the recipes below.

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

The recipe I’m sharing is for Emily’s Cheerio Treat Bars. I’m calling them Emily’s Cheerio Treat Bars because my friend Emily has become well known for whipping up these delicious bars for our group of friends. We only have them a couple times of year, but we love them and request them whenever possible. Last year we took them on our road trip to Vermont. It was hard not to eat them all at once.

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

Why are they so good? Well, they are kind of like a crispy rice treat that got in a fight with a peanut butter cup. Plus, you can make them in 10 minutes (or even less time, if you’re really good). Pretty magical, right?

How to Make Cheerio Treat Bars:

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

I did take an extra minute on mine to make them even more special. I put the melted chocolate in a plastic bag and cut a corner off cut off to pipe a cross-hatch pattern on the top of the bars. I just can’t help help myself.

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, if you have never made them, treat yo’ self and take a few minutes to give them a try. Also, feel free to eat half the pan. It will be our little secret.

Emily, thanks for the recipe, gurl!

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

peanut butter chocolate barsPretty simple, right?

Now, be sure to check out a few more of the recipes below. Then, share your favorite guilty pleasure recipe in the comments.

10 Minute No-Bake Dessert Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Chocolate Pudding – Julie Blanner

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels – Dream Green DIY

Chocolate Covered Banana – Four Generations One Roof

Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream – Miss Mustard Seed

Maple Fudge Graham Cracker Cookies – Finding Home Farms

Satled Caramel Iced Coffe – TidyMom

Ice Box Cake in a Jar – Thistlewood Farms

Cheerio Treat Bar Recipe:

Emily's Cheerio Treat Bars

1 1/2 cups (10 oz. bag) peanut butter chips
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
6 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Lightly spray a 9x13" cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave peanut butter chips, light corn syrup, butter, and mini marshmallows on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring after each minute, until smooth. Add the Cheerios and stir quickly until evenly coated.

Press the Cheerio mixture into your prepared pan. Press with a spoon (or your hands) that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Heat until smooth. Then spread the chocolate evenly over the bars.

Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm. Slice and serve.


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  • Laura at

    Just made these, and I have to say they are incredible! I used creamy PB (1/2 natural, 1/2 reg) instead of the chips, and substituted the light corn syrup for honey as my cheerios were just the regular grain. They were AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!

  • pam at

    I grew up in Massachusetts, but I have a love affair with VT!! I LOVE the rural, aimplicity of it ! Where did you visit in VT?
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

    • pam at

      oops simplicity

  • Julie Blanner at

    Where there’s peanut butter and chocolate, you’ll find me. I’ll gladly take your advice!

  • TidyMom at

    I think I need to treat myself!!!!! I don’t HAVE to share right?
    seriously though, these will be perfect to send in a care package to my daughter at school.

  • Carrie at

    Wait, WHAT?! I had no idea you could make treats out of Cheerios!! This is genius and I’m making a batch ASAP 🙂

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