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Pink Ribbon Granola Bars

Yield 18 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Karo® Light or Dark or with Real Brown Sugar Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 package (6 to 7 ounces, or 1 1/4 cups) dried fruit pieces, such as: cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, cherries, blueberries, diced apricots, golden raisins, currants, etc.
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, almonds or walnuts
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 bag M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies

How to Make It

  1. Prep time: 15 min.
    Cooking time: 5 min.

  2. Cook corn syrup and sugar together in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil (or in a 1 quart microwaveable container, microwave on HIGH, 100%, for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until syrup boils). Remove from heat.

  3. Stir in peanut butter, baking soda and vanilla until blended thoroughly. Add dried fruit mixture and nuts; stir to combine. Stir in cereal, oats and 1 cup M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies until thoroughly coated.

  4. Pour into greased 13- x 9-inch pan and pat into place.

  5. Top with additional M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies and press down.

  6. Cool completely and cut into squares.