Send the kids off to school with these Back to School Cereal Bars. Bran Cereal bars for breakfast, granola bars for lunch, and special marshmallow ones for after school.
Back to School Cereal Bars
I’ve teamed up with Harris Teeter Grocery stores to get you and the kids back to school with these back-to-school cereal bars that can be made for under $25! Scroll to the bottom for a chance to win $50 from Harris Teeter.
Moms will save time and money shopping at Harris Teeter and the kids are going to love these easy cereal bar recipes that they can help make. Take thirty minutes on a Sunday and you can have breakfast bran cereal bars made, lunchbox granola bars, and after-school Magic Marshmallow treats. Stop into your local HT and look for their private label brand for the best savings!
Here’s my shopping list for these recipes –
- Harris Teeter Magic Stars Cereal – $1.50
- Harris Teeter Bran Flakes Cereal – $1.50
- Harris Teeter Quick Oats – $1.50
- Harris Teeter Mini Marshmallows -$0.89 x2
- Harris Teeter Unsalted Butter – $3.15
- Harris Teeter Sugar – $1.89
- Harris Teeter Mountain Trail Mix – $5.19
- Harris Teeter Peanut Butter – $1.59
- Harris Teeter Honey -$3.99
My total with tax was $22.64. I’m loving the prices on their store-brand items. Everything was very affordable!
Bran Flake Cereal Bars
The Bran Flake Bars cost .75 (1/2 the box of cereal) + .47 (1/2 cup sugar) + 2.00 (honey) + .40 (peanut butter) + 1.30 (peanuts from the trail mix bag) = $4.92 total to cost you $0.55 each! You’ve got enough left over to make a second batch!
Homemade Granola Bars for Lunch boxes
The Granola Bars cost .75 (1/2 container of oatmeal) +1.00 (honey) + .39 (1/4 C butter) + 1.94 (trail mix) = $4.08 total cost and $0.40 each! There’s enough left over for a second batch.
After School Magic Stars Bars
The Magic Stars Bars cost 1.50 (box of cereal) + 1.35 (1.5 bags of marshmallows) + .78 (1 stick of butter) = $3.63 total to cost you $0.30 each! That’s so cheap!!
All of these are super easy recipes that can easily be adjusted and modified to suit your needs. Look for the HT Red Square Logo and add some flax seed to the breakfast bars for a little extra fiber. Use a different Harris Teeter trail mix for the granola bars. The mix-in options are endless!! Maybe add some crushed pretzels or some dried banana chips. There are so many ways you can modify homemade cereal bars.
So, grab your kid and head off to your local Harris Teeter Grocery stores now and stock up on their low-price, private-label items this weekend. You can also find what you need for Banana Nut Muffins, Homemade Chunky Applesauce, and Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Cake.
My kiddo was thrilled to have these homemade bars to grab and go! Wrap them up and send them off with good food in their bellies and in their lunchboxes!
For the Breakfast Bran Flake Bars
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 3 Cups Harris Teeter Bran Flakes Cereal
- 1 Cup Peanuts
- 1/3 Cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
For the School Box Granola Bars
- 2 1/2 cups Harries Teeter Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Harris Teeter Trail Mix
For the Magic Stars Cereal Bars
- 1/2 cup butter
- 8 cups mini marshmallows
- 11.5 oz box Harris Teeter Magic Stars Cereal
For the Breakfast Bran Flakes Cereal Bars
- Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper or foil.
- Over medium heat, stir together the white sugar and honey. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in the peanut butter.
- Add the cereal and peanuts. Press into the pan.
- If you are adding the chocolate chips, let sit for 15 minutes to cool before sprinkling them on.
- Cool completely and cut into 3x3 squares. Makes 9 bars.
For the Lunch Box Granola Bar
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Toast the oats for 8 - 10 minutes.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment or foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
- Over medium heat, cook the honey, butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add the toasted oats and trail mix and mix well. Press into the prepared pan.
- I pulled out the candies from the trail mix and added them to the top of the bars after it cooled for 15 minutes. Add 1/ cup of mini chocolate chips if you'd like.
- Leave to set for 2 hours at room temperature. Cut into long rectangles. Makes 10 servings
For the After School Magic Stars Cereal Bars
- Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment or foil.
- Melt the butter and mini marshmallows over medium heat. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Stir in the Magic Stars Cereal and transfer to the baking dish. Press down. If the mixture is too sticky, spray your hands or spatchula with non stick cooking spray and press down.
- Leave to set for 2 hours at room temperature. Cut into squares. Makes 12 servings.
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