Four Generations of Tradition & Cheerios™ Morning Snack-mix Recipe

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My grandma and me.

My grandma and me.

I spent a lot of time with my grandma when I was young. I was her baby’s baby, so we were very close, and kept a special relationship, through to my adulthood. She lived a simple, healthy lifestyle compared to today’s world. She walked everywhere, spent hours working in her yard, and cooked her meals from scratch. That I can remember she kept three staples in her house, food that I could count on and look forward to during each weekend visit. Fresh berries in her fridge, a pie on her table, and Cheerios™ in her pantry. We had some of the best times over breakfast. Oh the memories! One major bonus to being a young mom is that my daughter was able to enjoy the same close relationship with my grandma. After all, she was her baby’s baby’s baby. My grandma lived to see 100, a long meaningful life, but we miss her greatly. Though I haven’t picked up the skill of baking or growing berries in my yard, I have been able to pass on the tradition of Cheerios™ with my granddaughters. Just as my grandma did with my dad, myself, and with my daughter. Four generations of making the best memories over breakfast.

My granddaughter Lulu and her first bowl of Cheerios™ with milk.

My granddaughter Lulu enjoying her bowl of Cheerios™ with milk.

Baked Cheerios™ & Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ morning snack mix!


You will need:
(3) cups of both Cheerios™ & Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™
(1) stick of butter
(2) cups of dried fruit (we like cherries)
(1 & 1/2) cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
(1) cup of sweetened shredded coconut (optional).

  • Grease a full size cookie sheet with the butter. Just a thin coating will do.
  • Mix together and spread a single layer of cereal on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for ten minutes at 350 degrees, or until about half of the cereal is golden brown.
  • Cool, and then dump into a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients. Serve.


This morning snack taste like a lot of love, for very little effort. I enjoyed it as a kid, as did my girls, and now our granddaughters. It’s perfect for Saturday morning cartoons.

Our granddaughter Becca enjoying her Cheerios™ snack mix while watching cartoons.

Our granddaughter Becca enjoying her Cheerios™ snack mix while watching cartoons.

Want to share a free box of Cheerios™ with someone? The #GiveABox promotion is a great way to let someone know you love them, or that you’re thinking of them. Everyday should start with a little bit of love.



You can currently find “Buy One Box, Give One Free” specially marked boxes of Cheerios™ at Walmart
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This offer is available for a limited time, so don’t wait. I just sent a free box to my daughter. I love knowing that she is keeping the Cheerios™ tradition going with her girls. Four generations later. I wish my grandma was her to see it.

Click here to to learn more about this program and to redeem your own code!


How about you? Who do you want to share a free box of Cheerios™ with?


  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of this Give a Box deal, what a neat idea!
    I had a great aunt (as in, my dad’s aunt, but she was also pretty great) that made marshmallow treats for us all the time – like Rice Krispy treats but with pretty much every kind of cereal, with various kinds of candy added in. I’m pretty sure we had Cheerio treats with M&Ms at least once. Feeling nostalgic now 🙂

  2. What an amazing experience to have four generations gathered together! I would love to share a box with my brother. He moved across the country several years ago, so I don’t have the chance to see him very often. I would love to surprise him with a box – it’s a great memory from our childhood! (client)

  3. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    Same here. I grew up on Cheerios as did my mom before me. These days, my boys love them, too!

  4. Ronnie Leyba says:

    Love to share Cheerios with the whole family. This brand has been here for a while now and that proves how amazing their product is!

  5. Jeanine says:

    We love cheerios in our house. It’s a staple, and we make sure the kids get it a few mornings a week! They are great to snack on on the go too. This is great.

  6. Pam says:

    I love Cheerios and so does my whole family. Our favorite are honey nut Cheerios. This snack mix sounds really yummy.

  7. Cheerios has been a staple in my family for generations, too! I could totally go for this snack mix to amp up my lazy feeling I get in the afternoon everyday!

  8. I love traditions and some of my favorites were made with my grandmother. Like you I remember our breakfast meals.

  9. Cheerios are certainly a great tradition to pass down, while I have no kids myself I can see how this would be a fun tradition to carry on!

  10. I love this story! Cheerios really are a tradition for many generations. I remember my great-grandma eating them with bananas. I’m pinning this mix for later–love the idea! TY! 🙂

  11. My husband’s favorite cereal is Cheerios. He’s been eating them since he was a little boy and after all these years, Cheerios are still his fave.

  12. What a great idea. I would totally give a box to my mom or my zia. 🙂

  13. Cheerios are a great tradition to pass down, it’s my family favorite cereal!

  14. Michele D says:

    Cheerios snack mix is the best. My kids eat it by the handfuls. So good!

  15. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This sounds like an awesome recipe for a morning snack and the #GiveABox promotion sounds amazing.I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing the promotion and recipe.

  16. This post was beautifully written! I will have to try the recipe with the organic “Morning O’s” I buy instead of Cheerios.

  17. What a cutie! Cheerios are such a yummy breakfast as well as a great snack.

  18. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    What a great deal! We always grew up with Cheerios too and even have a box here right now lol. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  19. In our home, Cheerios are quite popular. I love the sudden sweetness of them. It looks like you made a delicious treat out of them, what a great idea!

  20. Cheerios is one my most favorite cereals. It is not too sweet and it fills me up. I have to check this Apple Cinnamon. It looks good.

  21. Ive never had cheerios before- the apple and cinnamon ones sounds good though. Stoked on the buy one get one free too!

  22. Cherries are such a classic snack. I LOOOVE the apple cinnamon ones! They remind me sort of apple jacks.

  23. vickie couturier says:

    we have had cheerios in our house since my first child was born and now for the grandkids