Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Trail Bars

I actually made this recipe at the end of June for our Ribbon Lake hiking trip but the photos ended up in the Yukon with Dave...

These are one of our favorite sweet treats for the trail - they are essentially rice crispy squares on steroids. Feel free to adjust the portions to your taste - we always end up adding more peanut butter!

Makes 24 squares

1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pecans
1/3 cup almonds, slivered
1/3 cup coconut flakes
3-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter
7 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the seeds, nuts and coconut flakes. Cook until the sesame seeds start to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the cranberries and rice cereal. Transfer to a bowl.

In the skillet over low heat, combine the peanut butter, butter and marshmallows, continuously stirring until melted. Add the cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated.

Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased cake pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and then press the remaining half of the mixture on top.

Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting.


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