Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Better Marshmallow Crispy Treat

Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Treats
(24 servings)

I'm always on the lookout for good playgroup snacks that fit everyone's needs. Most of the Mom's are dieting, one of the Mom's (Kara actually) can't eat dairy and the kids need something relatively healthy. This recipe certainly fit every bill. I didn't pay attention to the other toddler's reactions but Neko ate one while waiting for her friends to show up and seemed to enjoy it. I think it was a little hard for her to chew because the Kashi cereal is very crunchy so that was a bit of a bummer but otherwise I'd say this recipe is a keeper.

3 tablespoons butter (I used Smart Balance Light with Flax Oil)
1 (10.5-oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
1 (15-oz.) box multi-grain cluster cereal (I used Kashi GoLean Crunch)
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.
4. Chop remaining 1/4 cup cranberries, and sprinkle on top.
5. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cut into 24 bars.
(Recipe adapted from a recipe found on cookinglight.com)

4 comments:

soulprncs2 said...

Just wanted to say, Hey! and tell you I will be bookmarking this site. I am always looking for new ideas for the kids.

Those muffins look tasty and good enough for a quick breakfast on the good or for the inside of a lunch box.

Celeste said...

Thanks for the bookmark! We will try to make it worth the space in your favorites! :o)

Special K said...

So excited about this blog! Logan and Sylvie are at opposite ends of the spectrum on tastes but neither are what I call "Adventurous." Logan likes savory, Sylvie likes carbs. So I am excited to try some of these new recipes for them!

onein36million said...

I love your site! I'd been thinking for a while about trying rice krispy treats with a healthier cereal, and this inspired me. So I did it - love the idea of adding cranberries. I used Kashi's puffed grains cereal, whatever that one is called, maybe Go Lean? Can't remember, I don't leave them in their boxes in my pantry.

Cameron helped make them, and loved them, gobbled down what I offered him and demanded more.