Southern Mom Loves: Cheerios Tropical Fruit & Nut Cereal Bars

Cheerios Tropical Fruit & Nut Cereal Bars

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

If you're a fan of Cheerios (and who isn't?!) I have a fantastic post for you today. I created cereal bars using Cheerios that are stuffed with good-for-you tropical dried fruits and nuts that only take about 10 minutes to make! These sweet and slightly salty bars are great as a breakfast bar or an on-the-go snack and will keep you going all day, and right now you can share the love with the Cheerios Buy One, Give One promotion too.

If you're into healthy, yet still delicious, these Cheerios Tropical Fruit & Nut Cereal Bars are for you.

They're chock-full of whole grain oats, dried fruits, and protein-filled nuts. The fruits and the binder are very sweet, so I'm using original Cheerios to keep them from being too sweet, but you can use your favorite variety. Multigrain Cheerios would be fabulous, and all of their varieties are Gluten-free if that's a concern for you or your family.

That big, yellow box of Cheerios has been a staple in our pantry for as long as I can remember. My brothers and I would wake up early on Saturday for cartoons and pour ourselves a bowl with a sprinkling of sugar. 

My mom was big on healthier choices and that was a cereal we always had on hand. She used it in recipes and for snack mixes that could come out savory or sweet, and we always enjoyed them.

I'm loving the Buy One, Give One promotion. What a great way to show you care! When you buy a specially marked box at Walmart, you get a code inside to send a coupon for a free box to someone you love. <3

Find your code inside specially marked packages in stores and enter it on to send a coupon for a free box of Cheerios to someone that matters. (Also, check out the site to see my post featured!!!!!)

My son goes on food kicks where he finds something he likes and he'll only eat that thing and right now he'll only eat Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast. When it comes to teenagers and strange food choices, I can feel good about that one, and with all of the cereal I buy, I'll be sending lots of free boxes to my friends and family.

If you send a box to someone, you can also send them this recipe! 

These bars come out in large squares, but if you'd like thinner bars, you can use a 9"x13" pan and spread the mixture out more.

Cheerios Tropical Fruit & Nut Cereal Bars

Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook time: 3-4 minutes
Makes: 9 bars


  • 4 c. of your favorite Cheerios cereal
  • 1-1/2 c. Tropical dried fruit mix (raisins, pineapple, banana chips, papaya, & coconut)
  • 1-1/2 c. Tropical nut mix (cashews, almonds, macadamias)
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. butter


1. Combine the Cheerios, dried fruit, and nuts in a large bowl.
2. In a smaller, microwave-safe bowl, combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter and microwave for 2-3 minutes in 30-second increments, stirring at each stop, until mixture is bubbling and the sugar is melted. Allow it to cool for 2 minutes.
3. Pour the sugar mixture over the cereal mixture and stir until it is well coated.
4. Line an 8" square dish with a piece of parchment paper and pour the cereal mixture in.
5. Spray your hands with spray oil and use them to compress the cereal mix firmly into the pan.
6. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until firm. You can also pop them into the freezer.
7. Use a sharp knife to cut your bars and lift out the parchment to remove them from the dish.

These fabulous bars are a great way to start your day.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and get out to Walmart to Buy One box of Cheerios and Give One to someone that matters to you.


Are you a fan of Cheerios? Will you be taking advantage of the Buy One, Give One promotion? I love to read your comments!

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