Quaker Oat Squares Snack Mix with Dried Cherries, Pecans and Almonds
Of the four different things I took to my book group a few days ago, this was definitely the biggest hit and I promised the ladies I get it on my blog. It is similar to making a mix with Chex cereal, but with Quaker Oat Squares Cereal. It’s sweet and crunchy and tastes great.
I’d bought a box of Quaker Oat Squares and the boys weren’t really eating like I thought they would, so I searched online for ideas of what to do with it and found this idea (I changed it quite a bit) on a Taste of Home Community forum.
Try it—I can’t wait to make it again. You could totally play with flavors and mix-ins.
Quaker Oat Squares Snack Mix with Dried Cherries, Pecans and Almonds, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried tart cherries (you could also use dried cranberries)
3 cups Quaker Oat Squares Cereal
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup pecans (or any nut you’d like)
1/2 cup almonds
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Mix together in a small saucepan the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Heat over medium-low until sugar is dissolved and the mixture just barely comes to a boil.
Put the cereal, oats, pecans and almonds in a rimmed baking sheet and mix together. Drizzle the sugar mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let baking sheet sit on wire rack until cool, then mix in the dried cherries. Try not to eat it all in one sitting!
Note—I thought it would be better to spray cooking spray on the baking sheet or use a silpat, but it didn’t stick as much as I thought it would, so it’s not necessary, but would make for easier clean up.