3 Easy ways to upgrade your favorite cereals into dessert

Jan 6, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. ET
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I'm sure if you go into your pantry, you'll find one if not several boxes of your favorite breakfast cereals. But put the milk and bowls away, because that cereal is about to get a fun makeover.

These three no-bake cereal bar recipes take snacking to the next level. From fruity to double chocolate to peanut butter explosion, one of these recipes will please your taste buds.

trix bars
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This recipe for the fruity cereal lover uses bright and colorful Trix cereal.

Fruity Trix bars recipe

Yields 12

Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups Trix cereal
  • 10 ounces miniature marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions:

  1. Spray a medium baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the cereal.
  3. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the marshmallows, butter and lemon extract. Heat on high for 1-1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until the marshmallows and butter have melted.
  4. Pour the marshmallow mixture on top of the cereal, and mix well.
  5. Transfer the cereal mixture to the baking dish, and firmly press down.
  6. Let cool for 30 minutes, then remove from the dish.
  7. Cut into desired-size bars, and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days.
cheerios bars
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This cereal bar is perfect for the peanut butter and chocolate lover.

Chocolate chip-peanut butter Cheerios bars recipe

Yields 12

Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 45 minutes | Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Spray a medium baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the cereal.
  3. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, peanut butter, marshmallows and sea salt. Heat on high for 1-1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until the marshmallows and butter have melted.
  4. Pour the marshmallow mixture on top of the cereal, then add in the chocolate chips, and mix well.
  5. Transfer the cereal mixture to the baking dish, and firmly press down.
  6. Let cool for 45 minutes, then remove from the dish.
  7. Cut into desired-size bars, and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days.
cocoa bars
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This recipe is for the serious cereal-loving chocoholic.

Double chocolate crispy cereal bars recipe

Yields 12

Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chocolate crispy cereal
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Spray a medium baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the cereal.
  3. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, Nutella and marshmallows. Heat on high for 1-1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until the marshmallows and butter have melted.
  4. Pour the marshmallow mixture on top of the cereal, and mix well.
  5. Transfer the cereal mixture to the baking dish, and firmly press down.
  6. Let cool for 30 minutes, then remove from the dish.
  7. Cut into desired-size bars, and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days.

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