Make Dessert for Breakfast

Everyday Food

Pop quiz: What's the perfect back-to-school dessert for every lunch box? Answer: these Honey Nut Cereal Bars! Crunchy, sweet, and so simple to make, these packable snacks require almost no cooking -- just warm up a few ingredients on the stove and then let everything chill in the fridge. Chop, pack, and head out the door with your new favorite fall treat!

Honey Nut Cereal Bars

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4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Pinch cinnamon
3 cups Cheerios (toasted oat cereal)
3/4 cup roasted unsalted almonds, roughly chopped

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1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper.

2. Combine butter, sugar, honey, salt, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil for 1 to 2 minutes, then immediately remove from heat.

3. Stir in cereal and almonds. Pour into lined pan, pressing down with a rubber spatula. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes), and cut into 16 squares.

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