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Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars

Make traditional Rice Krispies Treats a little more nutritious by using multi-grain cereal and dried cranberries. 

Southern Living OCTOBER 2007

  • Yield: Makes 24 squares (serving size: 1 bar)
  • Cook time:5 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Other:15 Minutes


  • 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


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.

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 2. 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.

Per bar: Calories 142; Fat 2.9g (sat 1g, mono 0.9g, poly 0.4g); Protein 2.7g; Carb 27.9g; Fiber 1.9g; Chol 4mg; Iron 0.7mg; Sodium 22mg; Calc 10mg.

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

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 132
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 1.9g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.6g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 22mg
  • Calcium: 8mg

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