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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

healthy snack: almond butter cheerio bites

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I'm sure by now you have caught on to my obsession with peanut butter {exhibit A, exhibit B}. But, as much as I love peanut butter, it can be pretty high in calories. Over the past year or so, I have really been loving almond butter, too. Although, I do not love the price! A few months ago, I decided I was going to try to make almond butter myself. I mean, all you need are almonds and a food processor! Much to my surprise {I was pretty worried for the first two minutes watching the almonds and how they were NOT transforming into a creamy texture -- just give it time, it eventually will!} it was easy, delicious and super cost effective!

One of my favorite snacks growing up were peanut butter Cheerio bars. My mom made them for most tennis matches throughout high school and college -- they were definitely a crowd favorite! A few weeks ago, I was thinking about these delicious snacks and thought I would recreate this famous recipe with almond butter instead of peanut butter. To make it a little healthier, I also used honey as the sweetener {instead of sugar} and added the banana chips for an added crunch. I have been snacking on these yummy treats for breakfast and/or {mostly just and} lunch for the last few weeks, and let me tell you, they are so addicting! So if you are looking for an anytime of the day, healthy snack, try this easy recipe -- the hardest part is making the almond butter! :)

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Almond Butter Cheerio Bites

{what you will need}
6 cups Cheerios
1 cup Karo
1/2 - 3/4 cup honey
2 8 ounce bag almonds {makes about 1 1/2 cup almond butter}
1/2 cup banana chips, crushed {more if desired}

{directions}
Begin by making the almond butter: place almonds in a food processor and allow to run for 8-10 minutes or until desired consistency is reached {you may need to stop the food processor to push the almonds down towards the blade every so often}. Once the almond butter is a smooth and creamy texture, measure out 1 1/2 cup {mine made exactly this amount}. Melt the Karo, honey and almond butter together in a small pan over low heat until completely combined. Meanwhile, place the Cheerios in a large bowl and add the crushed banana chips; combine completely. When the almond butter mixture is combined and melted, pour over the Cheerio mixture and mix together with a rubber spatula, working quickly because this is a pretty sticky mixture! Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Form the Cheerio bites into 1 tablespoon clusters and place on the wax paper. You can also place the Cheerio mixture into a greased pan and cut into bars/squares {as pictured at the top}. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to set. Serve at room temperature and store in an air tight container for up to a week. 

Print Recipe HERE

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great Tuesday!

15 comments:

  1. Yum!! I've a,ways wanted to make Cheerio bites of some sort so I love this and Pinning right now!! I love that you made your own almond butter and they have honey in them!! Great snack to tote to work!! Happy Tuesday!!

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  2. These look so healthy AND delicious! This would be such a great snack idea for my kiddos after their activities. Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  3. I wish I was snacking on these at work right now - so easy to whip up too!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. Oooh, what a tasty snack! I love almond butter! ;)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  5. Yum these look amazing!! I love Cheerios so this would be the perfect snack for me!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  6. Yum! This is something I would totally make and pack for work as a snack!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  7. This is such a great recipe, Rachel! I know my son would LOVE this! I need to try this! Thanks for sharing, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  8. Thanks for the recipe, looks so yummy. xx
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  9. That sounds so good, and perfect for an afternoon snack! I always feel the need for a pick-me-up in the afternoon, and this would be perfect and healthier than a piece of candy! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Ahhh....yummy!! This looks amazing. I bet it is SO good too!!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  11. This looks delish! Though... hopefully I don't eat cheerios with spoonfuls of the storebrought almond butter!

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