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Gingerbread Life Cereal Marshmallow Treats

Gingerbread Spice Life cereal, marshmallows, warm ginger spices and white chocolate are combined to make the best marshmallow treats for your holiday goodie plate!  Easy, no bake and one batch makes a lot.  These are the perfect little treat to make when you are short on time and need an awesome dessert!

When Life gives you Gingerbread Spice cereal, you make Gingerbread Spice Life Marshmallow Treats!!  Have you seen the new limited edition Gingerbread Spice variety of Life cereal??  I love limited edition flavored anything.  Duh!  I am a food blogger!  So there I was one day, walking at a slow run through the grocery store (I actually time myself to see how fast I can grocery shop), and then I saw this Life cereal on an end cap by the dairy aisle.  Skrrrrrrrrrt.  Beep, beep, beep back the grocery cart up!  I stopped long enough to literally throw a box into my cart and off I went.  Best score of that shopping trip!

While most (normal) people eat their cereal with milk, I prefer my cereal enrobed in ooey, gooey marshmallow and melted white chocolate.  Wait…white chocolate what?!  Yes!!  But trust me.  You can’t taste the white chocolate.  It just adds this richness that is amazing.  And these treats need that because the Life cereal is not very sweet on its own.  The Gingerbread Spice Life flavor reminded me of Cinnamon Life…so you totally substitute Cinnamon Life  for the Gingerbread Spice Life, in this recipe.

Gingerbread Life Cereal Marshmallow Treats

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Serves: 30 Cooking Time: 5-minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed into fine crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag mini marshmallows, divided (about 8 cups total)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Vain vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 6 cups Life Cereal (I used Gingerbread Spice Life cereal)

Instructions

1

Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil or parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Pour the cup of Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbs evenly onto the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

2

Place a large pot on the stovetop and on medium heat, melt the butter. Once butter has melted completely, measure out seven cups of mini marshmallows (you should still have about 1 cup of marshmallows left in the bag---save those for the end!) and add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter. Stir the marshmallows and butter continuously, until all of the marshmallows have completely melted.

3

Once all the marshmallows have melted, remove the pot from the stovetop and stir in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Add the white chocolate chips to the marshmallow mixture and stir the chips until they are mostly melted into the mixture. Add the Life cereal to the marshmallow mixture, one cup at a time, making sure each cup is fully mixed into the marshmallow mixture before adding the next cup. When adding the sixth cup of Life cereal, add the remaining mini marshmallows from the bag, into the mixture. Stir until combined. The mini marshmallows added at the end won't melt completely, which makes for a chewy, marshmallow-y treat!

4

Pour marshmallow treats out into prepared baking pan and gently use your hands or rubber scraper to gently distribute the mixture evenly into the pan. If I use my hands, I will spray my hands with baking spray so my fingers don't stick to the mixture. Sprinkle a light dusting of cinnamon on top and add sprinkles (if desired).

5

Let bars sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours to cool completely, before slicing into desired sized slices.

Notes

You can use the limited edition Gingerbread Spice Life or Cinnamon Life cereal in this recipe. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Inspired by the cute Gingerbread men on the box of Life, I decided to add some gingerbread men sprinkles on top of my bars 🙂

So I know this isn’t your “average” marshmallow treat bar recipe.  But trust me that it’s worth the extra ingredients.  James’ favorite kind of dessert is a marshmallow treat, and he declared these Gingerbread Spice Life Cereal Marshmallow Treats his new favorite marshmallow treats.  And that is SERIOUSLY saying something.  So you have to try this!  The perfect holiday marshmallow treat!  Don’t forget to pin this and share on Facebook.  Everyone needs to try these!

XOXO,

Kelly

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    December 7, 2017 at 6:40 AM

    These look and sound incredible. But my favorite part is the gingerbread man sprinkles on top :). They’re so cute! And sprinkles make good things even better! Have a great weekend, my dear!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:46 AM

      Thank you Kelsie! The little gingerbread sprinkles on top were my favorite part too hehehe. Have a great weekend too! XOXO

  • Reply
    Amy
    December 7, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    This looks so yummy and cute! Perfect for the holiday season!! Thanks for sharing. 😍

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:47 AM

      Thank you Amy! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  • Reply
    Cori @ Sweet Coralice
    December 7, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Mmmm, I love Life Cereal! These look so good and are sure to please my kiddos! 💕

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:48 AM

      Thanks Cori! The kids would definitely love these 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Amy
    December 7, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    How fun is gingerbread spice!?! I’m excited to try it. Thank you for sharing.

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    December 7, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR RECIPES brings me back to the dayssssssss when life was a lot sweeter (IE: I could eat these delicious things) WAHHH! I can seriously taste Golden Graham crispy treats in my mouth right now!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:49 AM

      Oooooh Golden Graham Marshmallow Treats….I need to make those now hahahaha. Why can’t we eat the same way we did as kids, and have that awesome metabolism to go with it?! Hahahah.

  • Reply
    gardeningfoodie
    December 8, 2017 at 7:01 AM

    These are so cute Kelly. I love these little treats….and the spices make it perfectly festive. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:52 AM

      Thank you darling! These are definitely marshmallow treats perfect for the holidays 🙂 Have a great weekend! XOXO

  • Reply
    eyeloveknots
    December 8, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Gingerbread Spice Life cereal?! I need to find me some of that! I really love the cute little gingerbread men all around. Pinned this for later.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:54 AM

      Thanks Alexandra! I love anything gingerbread 🙂 And you can use regular ol’ Cinnamon Life cereal instead of the Gingerbread Spice Life variety too! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  • Reply
    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    December 8, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Who wouldn’t prefer their cereal enrobed in marshmallow and chocolate?! I love it. Another win my friend!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 9, 2017 at 6:55 AM

      Heheheh thanks Katherine! I know I can count on you to share my love of all things sweet 🙂 Have a great weekend! XOXO

  • Reply
    Natasha Minocha
    December 10, 2017 at 7:01 AM

    What a fabulous recipe!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 10, 2017 at 7:53 AM

      Thanks Natasha! XOXO

  • Reply
    cakespy
    December 11, 2017 at 4:30 AM

    Who’s a winner at the game of Life? YOU! lol. These look perfect!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 11, 2017 at 9:07 PM

      Awww! Thanks! Your comment brought a smile to my face hehehe. Have a great week Jessie! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes
    December 11, 2017 at 5:05 AM

    These sound so much fun! Since there is cereal, I can eat this for breakfast without a thought!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 11, 2017 at 9:08 PM

      Thanks Deepika! I totally agree…. marshmallow treats for breakfast!

  • Reply
    Maria Doss
    December 11, 2017 at 5:15 AM

    Love this creative take on the popular squares and you made it with one of my favorite snacking cereal. The gingerbread men on top are so darn cute and this is so healthy too. After all, it’s all cereal with a few marshmallows to glue them together:) Have a great week Kelly.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 11, 2017 at 9:09 PM

      Thanks Maria! I love Life cereal too! And even better with marshmallows too hehehe. Have a great week! XOXO

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