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Fruit & Nut Cereal Bars

After trying these bars, our taste panel asked if they could take the rest home! “This is a sweet and yummy treat for summer picnics. I had to get the recipe from a friend because my husband loves them so much.” —Erin Climenhaga, Cadillac, Saskatchewan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    18 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cornflakes
  • 1 package (6 ounces) dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 package (16 ounces) large marshmallows

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cornflakes, apricots, peanuts, dates, coconut and sesame seeds. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and marshmallows; stir until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Cool. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 283 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • KAM-PA
    Nov 19, 2011

    These are amazing! I've made them so many times, sometimes I mix it up and use sunflower kernels instead of peanuts, and add dried cranberries, dried pineapple, or dried berries!

  • NevadaRose
    Oct 25, 2011

    This is a really easy, good reccipe. Took it into work and it was well received. I think next time I will try something different than dates - it's just a personal preferrence; I'm not much for dates. Will definitely make again.

  • mamajeane
    Oct 5, 2011

    These are so good and you can add any dried fruit to it to make it yours. I think you need to push down on the cereal when putting it in the 9x13 pan to have it stick together better, makes it easier to eat in a bar shape.

  • Porkiepine1204
    Jul 1, 2011

    Just made these today and they are excellent! Would make a great snack to pack for picnics, hikes or camping. Or even bring to a potluck or brunch. I did make a few changes/substitutions. I replaced the apricots with dried cranberries, and as for the coconut and sesame seeds I toasted them separately before adding to the mixture. They are quite sweet so when melting the marshmallows and butter I added a pinch of salt. Made these for our 4 hour early morning flight on Sunday and can't wait to surprise everyone with this tasty treat :)