My family and I love to go hiking. We enjoy hiking year round, so even on our summer vacations we’re usually in a location not far from hiking trails. It’s important to be prepared when hiking by bringing water and a healthy snack. Fruit and some type of granola/fruit bar is usually my go to hiking snack, but I’m always leary about most granola/fruit bars. Most granola or fruit bars aren’t as healthy as you’d like them to be. They’re packed with sugar and high fructose, many of which are also not gluten free. So for quite awhile I’ve wanted to experiment with making my own. I’m super appreciated to General Mills for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try these gluten free cereal option.

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I was impressed by all the options of gluten free cereals by General Mills. Click here to see all the available options. I decided to go with my all time favorite cereal variety, which is Honey Nut Cheerios. Before making the bars, I was curious how this gluten free cereal would taste on its own and I will have to say I didn’t taste much difference between it and the normal Honey Nut Cheerios that I have loved since childhood.

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These bars are quick and easy to make. What I like about this recipe is it’s more of a guide than a recipe. You can mix and match cereals, fruits, and grains. You could try chocolate chips, coconut, different nuts.

My first batch was a little crumbly, so I’ve altered the recipe to help that. I can’t wait to try these with different varieties of gluten free cereal, different dried fruits and nuts. I’m really curious to try the gluten free chocolate Cheerios that just recently came out.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cheerios Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
3 cups of Gluten Free cheerios – I used Honey Nut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 6 oz. bag dried fruit, chopped – I used peaches
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tbs. vanilla extract

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300°.
2. Melt coconut oil by measuring it out into a bowl and place in microwave for about 30 seconds.
3. Stir in honey and vanilla.
4. Add in dry ingredients and with spoons or hands until thoroughly distributed.
5. Press ingredients into a small cookie sheet.
6. Put in oven for 20 minutes.
7. Remove, let cool, and cut into bars. Store in ziplock bags in the fridge.

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If you would like to enter to win a $15 Paypal Giveaway, click here to see the varieties of General Mills Gluten Free cereals. Then, come back and comment below telling me what kind you want to try! Winner will be announced on July 1st!
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Today’s post is sponsored by General Mills, but my love for their gluten free cereal is all my own! So next time you’re in need of a healthy, gluten free snack, be sure to try one of these General Meals cereal, by itself or in a recipe.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cheerios Bars & Paypal Giveaway
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups of Gluten Free cheerios - I used Honey Nut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 6 oz. bag dried fruit, chopped - I used peaches
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbs. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Melt coconut oil by measuring it out into a bowl and place in microwave for about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in honey and vanilla.
  4. Add in dry ingredients and with spoons or hands until thoroughly distributed.
  5. Press ingredients into a small cookie sheet.
  6. Put in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove, let cool, and cut into bars. Store in ziplock bags in the fridge.

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