No Bake Cereal Oat Bars

Sometimes I think I’m pretty good at the whole parenting thing. I sing Five Little Monkeys twenty zillion times a day. I play picnic on our living room floor. I read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See before nap time for 37 days straight.

And then there are times when I feel like I’ve failed as a parent.

Like when I realized too late that my youngest decided to reveal her inner artist all over our couch. 

Were there ever times you felt like you failed as a parent? 

No Bake Cereal Oat Bars adapted from Rachel Ray


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons cup honey

¾ cups Honey Nut Cheerios

¾ cups rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped (optional)

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the honey and butter.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  3. Add the Honey Nut Cheerios, rice cereal, rolled oats, and macadamia nuts to the saucepan and fold the ingredients to evenly coat with the sauce.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8-inch ungreased baking pan and press firmly to evenly fill. Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola.
  5. Let the granola mixture set in the refrigerator until firm, about 15 minutes, then cut into bars.

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