Thursday, September 5, 2013
I spent the last unofficial weekend of summer at a beach house in the Outer Banks with several friends. It was a great time. We all contributed food for the weekend and one thing I brought was Trail Mix. I love the Costco brand – I don’t like very many types of nuts and this one has all the ones I do like…cashews, almonds and peanuts. Add raisins and M&M’s and bingo – an awesome concoction. However, when there are 6 people bringing food, you have lots of leftovers. I think I came home with about 498 of the 500 cups in that bag so I am trying to figure out what to do with it all, short of laying in a pile of it and eating my way out...though I’m not sure I’d have time for the exercise routine I’d need to counteract that.
In scrounging around the kitchen I found a bag of marshmallows from a camping trip a couple months ago. That made me think of Rice Krispies treats, but of course I don’t just have Rice Krispies lying around. Now Kashi, on the other hand, well I always have a couple varieties of that. And hey, no harm in making a slightly healthier version of the classic, right?
So here’s the mixture, and yeah, it works – it’s quite good, almost like a granola bar - almost. Now only 496.5 cups to go…
3 Tbsp butter
1 bag Jet-Puffed marshmallows
4 ½ cups Kashi Puffs Cereal
1 ½ cups Trail Mix – I used Kirkland brand from Costco
Melt butter over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir to coat. Stir occasionally until completed melted. Add cereal and trail mix and stir until everything is coated in the marshmallow mixture. Spread evenly into a greased 9”x13” pan and let cool completely (you can put them in the fridge for a little to speed things up). Cut into squares and serve.