Honey Nut Cheerios & Banana Marshmallow Cereal Treats
I will forever and always be a fan of Rice Krispie treats. There’s something totally nostalgic about biting into that crispy, marshmallow-y treat that makes me feel like a kid after school, putting off homework. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with marshmallow cereal treats using different types of cereals and mix-in ingredients. Not too long ago, I shared my muddy buddy marshmallow cereal treats, and I’ve since been brainstorming new combinations. I don’t eat cereal on a regular basis, but when I do, one of my favorites is Honey Nut Cheerios with a sliced banana. It quickly became my next cereal treat project, and it turned out even better than I had envisioned.
I didn’t make any alterations to what would be a regular cereal treat recipe, except that I added in a mashed banana to the marshmallows when I melted them down. I really wasn’t sure how the flavor would come through, if at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only could you taste it, but the entire combination tasted just like a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with a sliced banana!
These do set up a little softer than regular Rice Krispie treats, so I do recommend refrigerating them; other than that, they’re just as quick and easy to make!
Do you have any favorite cereals with add-ins?
One year ago: Frito Pie
Two years ago: Baklava
Three years ago: Congo Bars
Four years ago: Bacon Onion Cheddar Biscuits
Six years ago: Grown Up Mac and Cheese
Honey Nut Cheerios & Banana Marshmallow Cereal Treats
- 5 tablespoons salted butter
- 8 cups (600 g) miniature marshmallows, about 1½ 10-ounce packages
- 1 banana, mashed
- 8 cups (2.71 kg) Honey Nut Cheerios
- Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil and grease with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large pot over low heat, melt the butter.
- Add the marshmallows and mashed banana and stir constantly until the marshmallows have all melted.
- Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the cereal until evenly coated with the marshmallow cream. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press it into a compact, even layer. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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I just made it today
These look amazing. I can’t wait to make some. Thanks for sharing.
Just made these – now we wait to see what the Hubby thinks.
In the pictures your bars look a bit more bottom heavy as far as marshmallow goo distribution goes. Was this intentional, and if so-how was it achieved? Looks delic, excited to try them!
Hi Allison, Totally not intentional, it’s just the way they settled. Enjoy!
making these today for my son’s first birthday!
Hi Michelle, I was just wondering if this works best with a really ripe banana or one that is really fresh?
Hi Heather, Ripe banana, always!
Can I use full sized marshmallows to melt??
Yes, just make sure to use the same amount, weight-wise.
Love the idea of adding bananas. I’m wondering, though, did the bananas give it a brown-ish color over time? Maybe they didn’t last long enough to find out? ha ha ha!!
Hi Jaime, Nope, they did not turn brown!
Mmm I traded out the banana for some peanut butter. Delicious! Thanks!
Those look great!
Nice shout-out to muddy buddies. I love that you not only went rogue with the cereal but added the banana too – sounds like I could even talk myself into this being health food. ;-)
I love making “rice krispie” treats out of Cheerios, and the addition of the banana sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to try these.
I love Rice Krispy treats but I’ve never experimented with other cereals. This combination sounds delish!
these look fantastic! I adore rice krispie treats too!
Hi Michelle~ Quick question (out of curiosity): Since these are a softer set-up. do you think adding more Honey Nut Cheerios would solve that issue? Maybe a cup more??? . . . maybe not a good idea??? Can’t wait to try these. Anything with banana flavor is my “go to” :D
Hi Michelle, You could add more if you want them less marshmallow-y. I think the banana in general keeps the filling a little soft (just as it would in other baked goods).
It’s interesting that you say that you didn’t make any alterations to the original cereal treat recipe, but the original recipe calls for only 3T butter, 10 oz bag (4c) of marshmallows, and only 6c of cereal. Your treats must come out thicker than the original, but I like the convenience of using a single bag instead of opening a 2nd bag. Rice Krispie treats seem to be universally loved by all – and they are gluten free and nut free, so they make such an excellent treat to make and bring.
Ahh, I meant no changes to the original list of ingredients. I do like mine more marshmallow-y and thicker than the original recipe calls for.
There are now Peanut Butter Cheerios too…just sayin’!
So smart :)
Marshmallow treats give me the warm fuzzies, and I love that you put a mashed banana in this! (Just ate one on my cereal this morning). Great idea.
I make Cheerios treats with peanut butter and marshmallow…they are so yummy!! I may have to try this banana method next time!!
I will forever love rice krispie treats too! And I LOVE the Cheerios + banana twist to this one. Great flavor combo! :)
I love cereal treats so much that I have an board devoted to them on Pinterest, and these babies are getting pinned to it!
OMG I’m so with you on the Rice Krispie treats. And Honey Nut Cheerios with bananas…which means I have GOT TO try this. Even Miss fussy eater might chow down on these.
I think my toddler would inhale this whole pan. And I wouldn’t stop her, because I love the banana! Fantastic idea!
I still need to make those muddy buddy bars of yours. I have to admit I’m a little bit scared as the batch usually disappears within a day or two and I live alone… Ha! They are just too good!
Wow! Soo creative. I must admit, I went to the shops on Monday and I found Kelloggs cereal which were tiny CINNAMON Swirls.. To see such cereals in South Africa is amazing. I’m sure that would taste divine as well :)
I often make krispy treats with multi-grain cheerios instead of rice krispies. They are SO delicious!