Microwave butter and marshmallows in a lightly greased large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Stir in cereal and granola, in batches, until well coated.
Coat hands with cooking spray. Shape warm mixture into 8 (4-inch) balls (about 1 cup each), lightly greasing hands as needed. Place balls on wax paper. Press 1 pretzel rod half, broken end down, into top of each ball. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes).
Microwave chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Drizzle chocolate over balls; sprinkle with sugar.
To make ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap, and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Crisp Rice Cereal "Apples": Omit granola, and increase crisp rice cereal to 7 cups. Proceed with recipe as directed.
The flavor of this recipe is great! It's a nice twist on traditional rice krispie treats with the added bonus of granola in the mix. I had a little trouble getting mine to work into the apple shape, so I just did them in a pan and spread the melted chocolate on top. If I had had more time (and less small children!!) I might could have worked a little more at shaping them- but they were GREAT as bars! We took them as a treat for my son's preschool class on his 4th b'day.
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