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There were countless childhood breakfasts with my four siblings, sitting around a long oval table and eating Cheerios™ with milk. For me it was a comfort food in high school when I could barely wake up to meet a dark morning and a school bus. Then my mom would have breakfast waiting for me – even when I was 17-years-old, and with one foot outside the door. In college, Cheerios™ were a comfort to me when my dorm room was empty, my notebooks were filled, and everything seemed too big to wrap my head around. I would go to the dining room and have a big bowl of my all-time favorite, while reading a comic book.
When I was pregnant, one of my comfort cravings was to have a bowl of Cheerios™ and milk, with a dash of cream on top. Yum! Actually, it still delights me to do this. After having kids, the cereal cycle started again, with giving Cheerios™ to them as their first finger foods on their high chair trays, then in cups on road trips, and then in bowls with milk and spoons.
I don’t think I’m alone in having a long history with Cheerios™, and my fondness will continue throughout life. I was excited to see that you can give the gift of Cheerios™ to a loved one by picking up a specially marked box in Walmart stores. I picked up Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ because I had a recipe in mind for seeing my parents this weekend. My mom is the person I chose to share a box of Cheerios™ with, because we have many memories together locked into wholesome breakfasts, and it’s awesome to do the same for my kids. I love continuing traditions, and making them happy.
My kids haven’t been feeling well this week, and I’ll be seeing my parents this weekend, so I decided to make a snack for them all with my box of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™. I took Scarlet out on a school day this week because she had a sick day, and we went to a Walmart near Cassidy’s work.
With the #GiveABox campaign, you can buy specially marked boxes of Cheerios™ exclusively at Walmart. Each box will have a unique code that you can then enter online to give an e-card/mail a coupon for a free box of Cheerios™ to the loved one of your choice. This offer will be available for a limited time. I can’t wait to send a box to my mom.
Ingredients needed: 2 cups of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, 1/2 cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, one cup (or however much you want) of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, colorful chocolate chips. (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9-inch square baking dish. Spread oats and coconut evenly across baking sheet.
2. Toast the oats and coconut mixture in the oven until they are browned. For me, it was about 12-15 minutes.
3. Transfer the browned oats into a large mixing bowl.
4. Heat the honey, vanilla extract and salt in a saucepan over low-medium heat and keep cooking and stirring until smooth. Then pour the honey mixture over the oats, and stir until completely coated. Add the cereal and chocolate chips.
5. Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish and bake until the bars begin to dry. I baked them for about 10 minutes because I wanted my granola bars to be chewy and not crunchy. Then cool them completely and cut them before too long.
As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen. This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com/.