Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cheerios...All Grown Up

If you haven't browsed the cereal aisle of the supermarket lately, you're missing big changes!  Some of the flavors that are currently available are mouth-watering!  Cheerios, once a gummy favorite of babies and toddlers, are now offered in some great varieties, including chocolate, cinnamon, and -- my personal favorite -- dulce de leche.  Using the oft-enjoyed Rice Krispies Treats as inspiration, I created these:

Not Only For Kids Cheerios Treats

3 Tbsp. light margarine or butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
3 cups Dulce de Leche Cheerios
3 cups Multi-Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup Nestle Premier White morsels

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat margarine and marshmallows in a microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring once after 2 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Add cereals.  Stir until well-coated.  Evenly press mixture into 9 x 13 pan coated with cooking spray.  Allow to cool.

Place chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup.  Heat in a microwave on high for 1 minute.  Stir until smooth, heating for additional 30 second intervals to melt completely if necessary.  Spoon melted chips into a Ziploc sandwich bag; seal.  Cut a small corner off the bag and squeeze melted chocolate onto bars in a zig-zag pattern.  Repeat procedure with white morsels.  Allow to cool completely.  Cut evenly into 18 bars.  Store in a covered container.

Serves 18
Calories Per Serving -137 (Note: Bars without melted morsel topping are 96 calories each)

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