Lemon Crunch Bars

If you’re a mom, it’s pretty likely that you have discovered the awesomeness that Cheerios™ bring to the table when you’re in need of a break from stress. Whether you remember indulging in them as a kid (my mom always added cut up strawberries to ours) or you’re only realizing now that they come in a multitude of flavors (far more than our limited choices of yesteryear), Cheerios™ are playing an important part in the happiness of my kiddos this summer. And yes, I’m totally serious!

It started with the Cheerio™ challenge, thought up by a bored dad with a sleeping baby. I literally ALWAYS have several varieties of Cheerios™ in my cupboard, so I tried my luck on my not-so-little-anymore babies and failed spectacularly.

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But when my kids discovered they could play with their favorite foods, all bets were off. Suddenly they wanted me to come up with more fun projects for them. Inspiration struck hard – what about edible jewelry? My kids loved their introduction to candy necklaces, so I thought we could create a similar thing (though much healthier!) out of Cheerios™ and a bit of ribbon.

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I let the kids go to town by threading their cereal onto lengths of ribbon I cut for them.

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Not only was it great fun for them, but it kept them quietly occupied for about twenty minutes, allowing me to get some work done! Score!

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The final result was a big hit. Each child had worked hard to make a beautiful wearable treat. Their pride knew no end.

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Of course, their hard work was IMMEDIATELY devoured, and I was suddenly presented with kids who had whetted their appetites and wanted MORE CHEERIOS™ FUN! So I decided to make these awesome Lemon Crunch Bars!

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To make them, you’ll need:

1 box lemon cake mix
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 egg
2 C crushed Cheerios™, Honey Nut Cheerios™ or Frosted Cheerios™
3 egg yolks
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C lemon juice

To make the bars, combine the cake mix, butter and egg until combined. Then add in the crushed Cheerios™.

Reserving 2 cups of the mixture, place the rest into a foil pain, pressing it into the bottom. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the 3 egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Remove the base from the oven, and pour the lemon mixture on top. Finally, crumble the remaining cake mix onto the top of that.

Place the whole thing in the oven once more for 25 minutes.

Once done, place the pan in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours. Then cut and serve!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can use different kinds of cake mix and different kinds of Cheerios™ to make different kinds of bars!

For instance, use chocolate cake mix and Chocolate Cheerios™ for the base, and substitute hot chocolate or espresso for the lemon juice! Or how about Fruity Cheerios™ with white cake mix and fruit juice? Or even Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™, spice cake and apple cider? The options are endless!

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Lemon Crunch Bars

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

The beauty of this recipe is that you can use different kinds of cake mix and different kinds of Cheerios™ to make different kinds of bars!

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 C crushed Cheerios™, Honey Nut Cheerios™ or Frosted Cheerios™
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 C lemon juice

Instructions

  1. To make the bars, combine the cake mix, butter and egg until combined. Then add in the crushed Cheerios™.
  2. Reserving 2 cups of the mixture, place the rest into a foil 9X13 pan, pressing it into the bottom. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the 3 egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Remove the base from the oven, and pour the lemon mixture on top. Finally, crumble the remaining cake mix onto the top of that.
  4. Place the whole thing in the oven once more for 25 minutes.
  5. Once done, place the pan in the fridge for 2 - 3 hours. Then cut and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 402mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 1gSugar: 67gProtein: 4g

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

3 Responses

  1. Aww, your kiddos look adorable munching on their Cheerio necklaces! No doubt my kids would have a blast making (and eating) those. Your lemon crunch bars sound delicious so that is definitely what I want to make! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

  2. Ok, I would have never thought to use Cheerios for something like this! They look so good! And I like the idea of using different flavor combos! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

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