No-Bake Honey Cheerio Snack Bars

Holiday activity ideas for parents and their children by Childline South Africa. 

No priority should be placed above the time and care we give to our children. Spend your holiday dedicating enough time with each child whether it be through crafts, showing them how to cook, out door activities or even reading them a story. This time is precious and these young years should be cherished. Childline South Africa is here to help our youth and their parents, we wish you a happy holiday and festive season.


You will need:

  • 1/4 cup creamy unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (light-colored corn syrup may be substituted and will keep the bars firmer at room temp than using honey)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • pinch of salt

How to:

  • Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
  • Stop to stir. Mixture will be on the granular side, this is okay.
  • Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir
  • Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir. On this third and final burst, mixture will become quite bubbly and foamy; use caution when removing from micro because this is boiling hot caramel and can cause burns.
  • Stir in the vanilla using caution because mixture could bubble up.
  • Stir in the cereal.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Turn mixture out into prepared pan, packing it down firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top.
  • Optionally, sprinkle evenly with sunflower seeds and salt (the salt cuts some of the sweetness and I recommend it).
  • Cover pan with a sheet of foil (to prevent fridge smells), and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or until bars are completely set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving.
  • Bars will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I recommend storing them in the fridge rather than room temp because they soften and get loose.

Please note: When working with heated surfaces or sharp objects, always ask an adult for help. Do not attempt to use these items on your own with out adult supervision!