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For most people, the "O" in these "O" Cookies will stand for the type of cereal used to make them. But for me, the "O" stands for obsessed, because that is what everyone in my family has become since I started making these cookies.

Starting from the time my kids had them as one of their very first finger foods, Trader Joe's O's have remained a household favorite. Between Chloe scarfing dry fistfuls of it every morning for breakfast and Kenya slurping it down with rice milk by the bowlful, we go through a lot of O's each week. In an effort to make food exciting for kids, I'm always trying to take ingredients they love and feature them in recipes they'll hopefully adore even more.

This is my healthy take on the cereal bars you can buy at the grocery, but I used "O" cereal and decided to mold them into a cookie shape instead of a bar. These aren't exactly a tough sell no matter what shape you make them into, but I find going with cookies adds to the fun visual appeal. Not to mention I sometimes feel like I could serve my kids drywall for breakfast and simply by calling it a cookie would increase its chances of being consumed tenfold.

No matter whether you decide to make cookies, bars or balls, have fun making them and be careful, they're totally addictive. "Oh" yeah!!

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"O" Cookies! (Makes 30 Cookies)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 2 mins

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Nut Butter (almond, peanut or sunflower)
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Syrup
  • 4 Cups O’s Cereal (you can use whatever “O”-type cereal you like: Cheerios, Trader Joe’s O’s, etc.)

Preparation

1. Place the nut butter and rice syrup in a small saucepan over low to medium heat and warm for 2 minutes or until it becomes smooth and combined.
2. Place the cereal in a bowl.
3. Pour the warm nut butter/rice syrup mixture into the bowl with the cereal and stir to combine.
4. Shape into cookies (I used a mini ice cream scooper to scoop out each portion, but you could also use a tablespoon). You can also place the mixture into a 9 x 9 inch ungreased pan, pat down and then cut into bars. As the O’s mixture cools, it will harden.
5. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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63 comments

  • Christine

    Can I use Agave Syrup in place of Rice Syrup?

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  • Adriana

    Oooooh, yes, will agave work? I want to make these right now! :)

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  • Janelle

    how about using raw honey or maple syrup? much better than agave or \"rice syrup\"

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    • Catherine

      Unfortunately, Agave and Honey would not work because rice syrup has a sticky tacky texture and a neutral flavor that they do not. Also, rice syrup allows the mixture to stick together and it would not work well with agave and honey.

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  • Gaby

    How about corn syrup? I still can't find agave syrup here in Mexico City.

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    • Catherine

      Have you looked for Rice Syrup? It should be at your local whole foods or any health foods store.

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  • Kelly

    where do you get rice syrup? any grocery store? is it better for you than corn syrup (i hope)?

    thanks!

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    • Catherine

      You can find Rice Syrup at Whole Foods or any health food's store. Yes it is so much better than corn syrup!

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  • Danielle

    I tried to use agave and my bars just fell apart while eating them. I'll try this again using the rice syrup. Everyone loved it!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you need to use rice syrup because of its tacky consistency and it will help the bars stay together. I'm glad everyone loves them!

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  • Kelly

    Just made these with the kids and they are a huge hit! We used 1 tsp. of organic vanilla extract which gave it a really nice flavor! Thanks so much and keep those yummy recipes coming!

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  • Christie

    What might have I screwed up with this simple recipe? I did them in a pan and flattened them hoping to cut them into little bars. It never firmed up and just all broke apart. I used the rice syrup as called for. Maybe it was the brand of O's I used.

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    • Catherine

      What kind of nut butter did you use?

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  • Alex

    Loved them!

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  • Heather

    Anyone tried freezing these? Will they freeze okay?

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    • Catherine

      We haven't tried freezing them since they are gone after a day or two but if you try it let me know!

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  • Michelle

    I made them with brown rice syrup and sunflower butter but they never really firmed up. They stayed together enough to eat them and were very tasty. I'm just wondering how firm yours got?

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    • Catherine

      When the cool down, they firm up. You can always put them in a baking dish and let it cool and cut them into bars for a faster route! :)

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  • Lauren

    can i use a soy butter for these. Our allergist told us not to give our daughter any nuts until she is a little older since she already has other allergies. i love your blog! thanks.

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    • Catherine

      I have not tried it with soy butter and I have never tasted soy butter but you can. If the soy butter is not sweet as the sunflower butter, I would put a little more honey or agave in the mixture to bring out a sweetness. Let me know how it goes!

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  • Romila

    I warmed the almond butter and brown rice syrup in a large glass bowl in the microwave, and then added 5 cups of Kashi Honey Puffs. You're so right, they're totally addictive! Thanks for the recipe.

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  • Kristi

    We have natural peanut butter as opposed to the other kind...you think this will still work okay?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! I used organic :)

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  • Kristine

    Will this work with organic molasses? The only place that I found that sells rice syrup has a small jar for $9 bucks and using molasses would make it so much more inexpensive.

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  • Carrie

    I am going to try this recipe today! I finally found organic rice syrup at my local Safeway. (Canada)

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  • Gina

    Would it be okay to use a microwave to combine the nut butter and rice syrup? I'm doing it with a classroom and don't have access to a stovetop.

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    • Catherine

      Yes, just watch it and stir between heating time.

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  • Rae

    We freeze our's.. they work great frozen.. nice crunchy chewy effect

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  • DLPresto

    I made these tonight & My husband & his friends were in the kitchen bugging me, I added some dark chocolate shavings to them & they are so good!
    :)

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  • joD

    I just made these and used the \"Rice Crispy Treat\" method my husband used as a kid. I heated the syrup and almond butter in a large pot, stirring to combine until smooth. It reaches a stage where it sticks together, and does not spread along the bottom of the pan, as it did before it was fully heated and combined. Then I turned off the heat and added the cereal, stirring quickly to combine (it is a nice workout for your arms, if you switch off). Then I patted it into a pan sprayed with coconut oil (so it will come out when cut). I chose the pan because the mixture is quite hot to touch for long, but it could make perfect balls, too. Turned out perfect for me. Thanks for the recipe! I have a lot of \"O's\" to use up.

    As for other sweetener options...since I have made molasses candy, before, I think you could use it in this recipe. It might take a couple of experiments to get it right, though. You will need to heat the molasses until it thickens, maybe to thread or soft ball stage, and then stir in the nut butter, and then the cereal. I am sure it would require more molasses than rice syrup because you will be cooking it down, which would then increase your cost--not to mention the time and attention.

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  • WillLindsey

    The first time I made these, I tried substituting the rice syrup with maple syrup (not one for one), but the \"Os\" didn't stick together well. Today, I'm trying with rice syrup, making bars instead of cookies, and I hope it works. I'm taking them to a party tonight!

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  • stacy258

    I made these for my 16 month old and they turned out great! I used brown rice syrup and almond butter and made them into bars instead of cookies. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Jenae

    I'm totally clueless (apparently)...what is \"rice syrup\"???

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    • Catherine

      I use Brown Rice Syrup instead of using corn syrup, and I get it from the health food store!

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  • Ashley Davis

    Can I use Peanut butter for the nut butter?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! Any type of nut butter you prefer!

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  • Barbara

    Does anybody know if Trader Joes carries rice syrup?

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    • Catherine

      I always get it from the health food store. I have heard that Whole Foods carries it, as well.

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    • Ghamoe

      i am fairly sure that the junk food blog is a joke. she has antoher blog in which she posts pictures of what i assume to be her very cute child. she also has a vegan sister whom she speaks of positively.

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  • Nikki

    I found it at Erewhon but not Trader's. Didn't check Whole Foods. They were awesome treats!

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  • Sarah

    Saw this on the recent Facebook posting.... PERFECT cookie replacement for my toddler! The Brown Rice Syrup was easy to find at Sunflower Market ($5 for a jar that will make 5 batches) combined with Simply Jif peanut butter. Microwaved for 2 minutes and mixed it all up with the cereal. (Oh, and a previous commenter mentioned vanilla extract - so I added a squirt of that too.)

    I used my little disher to make little cookies, but I think next time I'll take another commenter's suggestion of using my hands with a coconut oil on them to keep from getting O-Cookie-Mitt!

    Last night Mama and Daddy were told in no uncertain terms that they could not have any more of KJ's cookies - so that shows you how good they are! :)

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Weelicious is becoming my go-to for food suggestions for my picky little man!

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  • Jessica

    I made these tonight. I thought they were really easy and all my kids liked them. I think they'll make a great quick breakfast on a busy school morning. I by the way, used corn syrup because it's what I had (sugar is sugar in my opinion) and they turned out perfectly. Great idea, great recipe!

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    • Whitney

      Thank you for the comment about corn syrup. It's all I have on hand, but it didn't occur to me to use it. It's not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup, people!

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  • Ruth

    Made these with the 5-yr old last night, using sunflower seed butter and organic chocolate-O cereals. Super easy and really tasty. I cut back just a bit on the cereal based on comments about the mix falling apart, and had no issues. He insisted on taking them to daycare this morning to share - can't wait to hear how the other kids liked them!

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  • Max And Gav's Mom

    Could agave syrup be used in this recipe?

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    • Catherine

      I'm not sure if that would firm up quite the same as rice syrup, but it is definitely worth a try!

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  • Dina

    What age would y recommend? My son is 20 months. Will these be too chewy for him?

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    • Catherine

      If he is pretty good at chewing solid foods then these should be okay. They aren't chewy like rice krispy treats. They're softer!

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  • Ramida

    How do you store them?

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  • Kim

    These are insanely good. Go. Make them right now and then hide them for yourself!

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  • Kari

    These are great and super easy! I added about 1/2tsp coconut oil to brown rice syrup/almond butter mixture. Also added handful of choc chips and dash of cinnamon to bowl with O's. Will make these again..and again... :)

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  • Cenk

    yes just double the water for the rice exmalpe 2 cups rice 4 cups of water arent rice cookers great i love them too .if you 3 cups rice 6 cups of water got the idea

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  • Peggy

    Would love to make these but any ideas of what we can use instead of rice syrup? We try to stay away from all things rice because of the arsenic which is particularly high in brown rice syrup. Thanks!

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  • Chochoberry

    What's a good substitute for rice syrup?

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    • McCord

      The brown rice syrup is what holds everything together and is a replacement for corn syrup which you will find on other similar recipes, so it is a necessary ingredient!

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