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Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars

Van Chaplin
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Other time 15 mins
Yield Makes 24 squares (serving size: 1 bar)
Make traditional Rice Krispies Treats a little more nutritious by using multi-grain cereal and dried cranberries. 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (10.5-oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (15-oz.) box multi-grain cluster cereal
  • 1 1/4 cups dried cranberries, divided
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 132
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 1.9 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • monofat 0.4 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 27.6 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 22 mg
  • calcium 8 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

  2. Stir in cereal and 1 cup cranberries until well coated.

  3. Press mixture into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Chop remaining 1/4 cup cranberries, and sprinkle on top. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cut into 24 bars.

  4. Cinnamon-Pecan Crispy Bars: Place 1/3 cup pecan halves, chopped, in a single layer on a shallow pan. Bake at 350° for 8 to 9 minutes or until toasted, stirring once after 5 minutes. Prepare Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars as directed through Step Press mixture as directed into baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  5. Per bar: Calories 142; Fat 9g (sat 1g, mono 9g, poly 4g); Protein 7g; Carb 9g; Fiber 9g; Chol 4mg; Iron 7mg; Sodium 22mg; Calc 10mg.

  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! cereal.