Yes, you read that right. Fried Cheerios®. It’s been a staple snack in my family for generations. The story goes that back in the 40s and 50s, my great-grandmother made it because it was an inexpensive snack following the war years. In any case, it’s been one of my go-to snacks since early childhood.
It’s also a healthy substitute for popcorn and other snacks, and satisfies the need for a crunchy, salty taste. It’s incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, and can be made ahead for the trail or a long day in the car. We divide up a batch into small baggies for each family member and slide into backpacks or snack bags. So what are you waiting for? Go fire up the pan!
2 adults or 3 kids
You can scale this recipe up easily to make more!
What You’ll Need:
2T butter or non-dairy spread* (or more to your liking)
1T salt or seasalt (or more to your liking)
What You’ll Do:
Put a large pan on medium-low. Cut butter into small pads and let melt in the pan. Turn heat up to medium and spread Cheerios® until evenly cover the pan. Using a wooden spoon, stir the cereal until the melted butter is evenly spread. I sometimes add another 1T of butter.
Let cook 1 minute, then sprinkle with 1T salt and stir. You’ll start to hear them sizzling! Continue stirring every minute or so until golden brown (5-7 minutes). Can cook longer for a browner, more burnt experience (which I love). Pour into bowls and let cool about 1 minute. Enjoy!
*Due to a dairy allergy in our family, we use Smart Balance non-dairy spread, which works just fine! I’ve also heard of people using olive oil, but have never tried this myself. If you have, let us know how it goes!