Peanut-Almond Snack Bars feature pretzels, marshmallows, peanut butter, almonds, and even a little hint of chocolate. Is there any snack attack this bar can't beat?
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
2 1/4 cups chocolate toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup crushed hard pretzel twists
1/3 cup roasted, salted almonds
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
How to Make It
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows and peanut butter; cook 3 minutes or until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove mixture from heat; stir in cereal and next 4 ingredients (through salt).
Working quickly, spread mixture in an 8-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Using a wet spoon, spread mixture into an even 1-inch layer; let stand 1 hour or until set. Cut into 16 squares.
I agree with previous reviewer, as much as I tried to mix this together and press firmly to pan, it was a bit crumbly, but from the beginning I could see problems with the recipe; the inclusion of the oats made me suspect this wasn't going to come together well (too much dry/too little liquid). Doesn't affect taste, but don't expect it to stay together like a rice krispie treat. (In other words, think twice before you hand this out to kiddos in the car!) More importantly, the recipe doesn't have a balanced sweet-to-salty ration; it's just too salty-ingredient heavy, and the "little bit of chocolate' from the Cheerios just doesn't cut it. With mini chocolate chips or mini M&Ms, this would be the bomb. It would of course hike the calorie count but I just don't think the recipe works as is. I rate this 2 stars but it has potential to be great with a little chocolate.