Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sneaky Snack Bars

Makes 24 squares

4 Cups MultiGrain Cheerios
4 Cups Whole-Grain Cereal Flakes (I used Nature's Path Organic Heritage Heirloom Whole Grains) 
1 1/2 Cups Dried Cranberries
1 Cup Coarsely chopped Dried Apricots
1/2 Cup Sweetened fancy Flake Coconut (Optional)
1/4 Cup Butter
400 g Pkg Jumbo Marshmallows (about 45) I suggest 50-55

~ Coat 9x13" baking pan with Cooking Spray or line with Parchment Paper. 
~ In a very large bowl, mix all Cereal, Cranberries, Apricots, and Coconut (if using)
~ Melt Butter in very large pot over medium-low heat. Add Marshmallows and stir constantly until melted and evenly combined. About 6-10 minutes. (Spray wooden spoon with cooking spray before stirring to prevent a sticky situation) 
~ Turn off heat, but leave pot on burner and add the Cereal Mixture and stir vigorously to combine. There will be A LOT, so dig deep.
~ Turn mixture into pan and using a spatula sprayed with cooking spray, press into pan. Cool until firm (about 2 hours) remove from pan and cut.

Note: You can use any Dries fruit/nut combination that suits your fancy, just keep the amounts the same. Raisins, Dried Figs, Pumpkin Seeds, Chopped Dried Pineapple, Dried Berries, Dried Mango... the possibilities are endless.

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