Cereal Bars with Dried Cherries and Blueberries

Adapted from Everyday Food (September 2006)

What with all the picnics, BBQs and other celebrations requiring a portable treat, it’s time to round out the collection of possibilities. I made these cereal bars for a recent school party. You can use any dried fruit here, so experiment with cranberries, raisins or apricots if you prefer.

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 10 oz. large marshmallows (1 bag)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups toasted oat cereal, such as Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • Prepare a 9-1/2 x 13 inch pan by coating it with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper, allowing the sides to hang over a bit. Spray the parchment paper liberally and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and salt, then cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once marshmallows are fully melted, add to the cereal and dried fruit. Working quickly, stir to combine thoroughly. As you might imagine, the mixture is extremely sticky. I found it helpful to spray my hands with cooking spray a bit before trying to put it in the pan. Use a spatula to begin spreading the mixture into the prepared pan, then use your oiled hands to press it down gently.
  • Allow it to cool and set at room temperature for about an hour. Cut into bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus setting time

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 24 bars



 

2 responses to “Cereal Bars with Dried Cherries and Blueberries”

  1. Vera Torres says:

    I don’t remember the last time I made Rice Krispie squares on top of the stove, so I made these in the microwave too–about 2 minutes cooking time! No less messy or sticky, but fast. Great with Trader Joe’s O’s and Dried fruit medley (blueberries, cherries and strawberries). We’re having dessert for breakfast today! Thanks.

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