Green Pumpkinseed and Cranberry Crispy Bars

These are so delicious. They are like Rice Krispy treats for grown-ups. They are sweet, but then they also have the saltiness from the pumpkinseeds and the tartness from the cranberries.

Cooking spray
1/2 c. green pumpkin seeds (buy them from the bulk bins at your grocery store)
1/4 c. butter
8 oz. package of miniature marshmallows
1 tspn. vanilla extract
1/8 tspn. salt
5 c. Rice Krispies (you can use cereal made from brown rice too)
1 c. dried cranberries

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pumpkin seeds and cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until they start to brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cool.

Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook until smooth, stirring constantly, about two minutes. Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla. Stir in seeds, cereal and cranberries.

Scrape mixture into prepared baking dish. Lightly coat hands with cooking spray and press cereal mixture evenly into prepared dish. Cool completely. Should make about 16 bars.

What did the family think? My family has never had these. Every time I make them it is for a present of some sort…to pass out to neighbors at Christmas, to give to the new neighbors across the street….you get the idea. People love to receive these because they are a twist on something they have had a zillion times. 🙂

from Cooking Light

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