Want your kids to have an afternoon snack that is simple, healthy and fun? Whip up these Cereal Monsters and maybe add some Monster Apple Faces and Mini Monster Cheese Balls to go along with them and the end of a school day can become a party in your kitchen.
When I was a kid one of my favorite after school snacks was a bowl full of rice crispy cereal mixed with peanut butter and honey. Some times I’d just eat it right out of the bowl, while other times I’d roll the mixture into balls and store them in the fridge until my next snack attack. I thought these little cereal balls would be fun to decorate to look like cute little monsters. They are so easy to make and when I had them finished and lined up on a plate, I couldn’t help but smile. I snapped a few pictures, then gobbled them up. Yum!
1 cup rice crispy cereal
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, plus 1 teaspoon (or your favorite nut spread or cookie spread)
1 tablespoon honey
8 pretzel sticks
8 candy eyes
1 tablespoon chocolate spread (like Nutella)
Pour rice crispy cereal into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup peanut butter and honey and stir to combine.
Scoop out four spoonfuls of the cereal mixture and place on a parchment paper or wax paper lined baking pan ( or just on a plate.) Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
Roll into balls. Attach one candy eye to one end of a pretzel stick using a dab of peanut butter as “glue.” Make 8 eyes. Insert two pretzel sticks into each of the cereal balls to form the googly eyes. Spoon the chocolate spread into a small zip top bag. Snip off one tip. Pipe a chocolate smile onto each cereal ball.
The Cereal Monsters can be eaten right away or kept stored in the refrigerator for about an hour. If you need to keep them longer, just refrigerate the balls with the smiles, then add the eyes just before serving or the pretzels will get soggy.