Recipe: No Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Balls

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We are on day 25 of COVID-19 lockdown here.  And honestly things are starting to feel like Groundhog Day.  It’s the same thing over and over.  

The consistent routine is amazing for the twins and Baby H – toddlers and infants thrive on routine – but personally for me sometimes it’s daunting.  At the end of the day when I go to bed often all I can think about is how I have to get up and do the same. thing. all. over. again. tomorrow. 

One way I’ve been trying to change things up is through breakfasts.  The twins are creatures of habit – they could eat yogurt everyday. But they do like when I throw in a new item from time to time! These No Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Balls have become a fun option to have on hand – and it was also fun to make them together. The twins liked measuring out the Cheerios and then helping to stir the mixture together.  And of course they liked sneaking bites out of the bowl!

We used Cheerios but I imagine you could sub for any other cereal with small pieces – rice crispies, puffed wheat, etc. You could also even add in some sweet treats like mini chocolate chips or dried cranberries!  But since they only require three pantry-staple ingredients there’s no extra trip to the store needed. Stay home, stay safe, and eat 🙂 

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Balls 
Makes 10-12 Balls 

½ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup honey
2.5 cups Cheerios 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Combine peanut butter and honey in a large saucepan and heat over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth.  Alternatively you can combine peanut butter and honey in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 15 second intervals until melted and smooth.  

 Add Cheerios to bowl and stir with rubber spatula until evenly-coated.

Take a tablespoon of the mixture in your hand and press into a ball.  (Damp hands make the mixture stick less – so run them under the faucet really quick and shake off the excess for an easier go at it.)

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Balls are best stored in the fridge to keep their shape. 

 

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