LYDIA’S DATE NUT KRISPIES BARS
3 Tablespoons Butter (do not substitute)
10 oz. Marshmallows
8 oz. *Dates, pitted and chopped (can use the pre-chopped version for ease in preparation)
Optional: ½ cup Almonds sliced or pecans chopped small
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 cups Rice cereal (Kellogg’s Rice Krispies is the brand I use)
¼ cup Wheat germ (honey toasted is best, but can use either kind)
Spray baking pan with cooking spray. 9”x13”x2”
In a large kettle, melt together the butter, marshmallows and dates, stirring often. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add cereal, wheat germ and nuts, mix until all are coated. Remove from heat and spread in prepared pan. Tip: if you spray your hands and/or plastic spatula, generously with cooking spray, the mixture does not stick to your hands or spatula.
Cool in the refrigerator until set. Cut and enjoy. These bars can be stored at room temperature once set. They are easier to cut at room temperature.
I created this to make a healthier and more flavorful version of the standard Rice Krispie’s Bar, with the added dates, nuts and wheat germ.
* You could also use chopped pitted prunes or raisins. Other dried fruits can be used, as desired. I prefer raisins over the dates – have made it both ways.
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