"Cheerio!" is an old-fashioned British version of what we say in the South, "Bye, y'all!" That's one reason I gave this easy snack or breakfast in a cup or bowl its name, 'cause it's easy to take with you when you prefer simple snacks or breakfast "to go" as you're headed out the door.
Another reason for the name Ch-Ch-Cheerio! is obvious from the picture; the main ingredient is Cheerios, the donut-shaped cereal that's good for you. In this case they're served dry, no milk, along with two more of my favorite munchies, dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Put the three ingredients together and you get an eat-with-your-fingers snack that I've eaten for breakfast almost every single day for the last five+ years. I even take the ingredients with me on vacations!
The "ch-ch" part of the title comes from the dark chocolate chips; that's what I write on my grocery list when I need more. My chips of choice are Ghirardelli dark chocolate, which are larger than many brands of chocolate chips so I only need a few in my bowl. The slightly tart taste of dried cranberries counters the sweet chocolate perfectly while the cereal provides a pleasant crunch. It's a mixture made in heaven, easy to duplicate in your kitchen, even on a busy morning.
I consume these at my desk most mornings, but you can mix them in a plastic cup to carry them in the car, in the cup holder, and eat them a small handful at a time. (Caution: Don't confuse these with the coffee in the other cup holder and burn your fingers!) Use cups with lids and hand one to each kiddo to consume on their way to the bus stop or in the back seat on the way to school, to their after-school activities, sporting events, or to entertain them on a trip.
All three ingredients have positive nutritional value. The cereal has little sugar, is gluten free, made from whole grain oats, and actually helps reduce cholesterol in your body. Dark chocolate has many redeeming features, the most well known being the value of its antioxidants. And the cranberries are a truly tasty way to add fiber to the diet with real fruit and no artificial colors or ingredients. The only downside is that (like most fruits) they are chewy and not the very best thing for your teeth, so encourage the kids to brush after eating or, at minimum, rinse their mouths with water and drink plenty of milk to help prevent any problems.
There's no real recipe for these; add the ingredients in the proportions that suit you.
1/2 to 1 cup toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
1 Tbsp. Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips (8 or 10 chips are plenty)
1 to 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries (such as Craisins)
Combine in a bowl or cup, no mixing necessary. Eat these dry, with your fingers, no milk needed. Great for a before or after school snack or breakfast on the go. Amounts are approximate; adjust to taste.
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