August 22, 2012 11:17:26 AM
School often starts when kids still have summer on the brain. So these easy-to-make bars have summer in mind, too.
We aimed for a simple snack with the flavor of s'mores, but with the texture, ease and portability of puffed rice treats.
We ended up with a layer of marshmallow-rich crushed graham crackers topped with chocolate. To make things interesting, we turned them into peanut butter s'mores bars. But if your kids aren't peanut butter inclined, just leave it out.
PEANUT BUTTER S'MORES BARS
Start to finish: 20 minutes (plus cooling)
Makes 12 servings
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
10-ounce package marshmallows
1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
3 cups graham cereal, lightly crushed
1 sleeve of graham crackers (9 sheets), lightly crushed
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bits
1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 320 calories; 130 calories from fat (41 percent of total calories); 15 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 46 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 2 g fiber; 190 mg sodium.