Monkey Cereal Bars

Here's a no-bake bar with something for everyone: walnuts, cocoa, coconut and bananas. Delicious!

Monkey Cereal Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 6 cups Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed dried banana chips*

* To easily crush banana chips, place in gallon-size resealable food-storage plastic bag. Use rolling pin to crush chips.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. On ungreased cookie sheet with sides, bake walnuts at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove cookie sheet from oven.
  4. Stir coconut into walnuts.
  5. Return to oven; bake an additional 4 to 6 minutes or until coconut is light golden brown, stirring twice during baking.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat.
  8. Add marshmallows; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until melted.
  9. Stir in cocoa until well blended.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Stir in cereal, banana chips, toasted walnuts and coconut until evenly coated; pour into sprayed pan.
  12. Spread mixture evenly, pressing down slightly.
  13. Cool for 30 minutes.
  14. Cut into bars.

prep time 15 min | servings 12

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 Bar Calories 295 Calories from Fat 125 Total Fat 14g Saturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 10mg Sodium 130mg Total Carbohydrate 39g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 22g Protein 3g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 2% Calcium 6% Iron 16%

Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Bake-Off® Contest 41, 2004, Sita L. Williams, Blacksburg, Virginia

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Pillsbury

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