Make traditional Rice Krispies Treats a little more nutritious by using multi-grain cereal and dried cranberries.
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
How to Make It
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.
Stir in cereal and 1 cup cranberries until well coated.
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 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 9g (sat 1g, mono 9g, poly 4g); Protein 7g; Carb 9g; Fiber 9g; Chol 4mg; Iron 7mg; Sodium 22mg; Calc 10mg.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! cereal.
Just made these using Multi-Grain Cheerios, dried cranberries, dried apricots and cinnamon. Seriously delicious. Nice and crunchy, just sweet enough, will add nuts when not serving to the children (allergies), but a definite make-again!
Easy, Easy - great to make with children and I let my husband help, seeing that my kids are married and live out of state! Its good exercise for me because I have arthritis in my hands, I get tired and my husband takes over! You can use Cheerios, Quaker Sqs, any of those kinds of cereals that have a little backbone to them.
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A great twist on the classic Rice Krispy treat! We used Kashi GoLean Crunch as suggested (considered using a FiberOne) and they turned out great! They're a little tough but my husband and kids love them!
Made these at Christmas and the children were very very disappointed. It's not a good alternative for rice krispy treats. Once the kids took one bite, they begged for the traditional version. Even my adult... healthy food conscious group passed by them at the dessert bar. Skip them if you have kids in the house. Someone suggested trying different Go Lean cereals but I wouldn't bother now that I know what I know. This is the ONLY time I have ever given any recipe one star on this website.
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