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Cranberry Crisp Bars

James Carrier
Yield Makes 2 dozen bars
Looking for a nutritious snack for their weekend hikes, Jim and Ivy Hermon came up with this less sweet, adult version of children's cereal-and-marshmallow treats.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sesame seed
  • 1/3 cup hulled sunflower seed, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
  • 3 1/2 cups crisp toasted rice cereal
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • About 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 7 cups (12 oz.) miniature marshmallows

Nutrition Information

  • calories 143
  • caloriesfromfat 42 %
  • protein 2.4 g
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • carbohydrate 20 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • sodium 66 mg
  • cholesterol 3 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir sesame seed, sunflower seed, pecans, and almonds until sesame seed is pale gold, about 3 minutes. Add coconut and stir until sesame seed and coconut are golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in cereal and cranberries. Remove from heat.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 5- to 6-quart pan, combine peanut butter, 2 tablespoons butter, and marshmallows. Stir often over low heat until marshmallows melt and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add cereal mixture and mix quickly to coat evenly. Pour into a buttered 9- by 13-inch pan or dish. Cover with foil and, using pot holders to protect your hands, press firmly to make an even layer. At once, peel off foil.

  4. Cool or chill until mixture is set. Cut into 24 bars, each about 1 1/2 by 3 inches. Serve, or store airtight at room temperature up to 3 days.