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Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars


This could be a dessert or a breakfast treat.

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  • Yield: Makes 24

Source: Everyday Food, September 2006


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, or raisins


  1. Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Line with waxed paper; spray paper with cooking spray, and set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows have melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cereal and dried cranberries.

  3. Immediately transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet. Using a spatula (or your fingers) coated with cooking spray, press in quickly and firmly. Let cool, about 1 hour; cut into 24 bars (3 rows lengthwise by 8 rows crosswise).

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  • Karen Kn
    21 SEP, 2012
    Hi - I just analyzed the recipe at calorie count on about (dot) com. Per 24 bars - 101 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 127 mg sodium, carbs 19.6, sugar 9.4 g, protein 1.1 g. Their analyzer gives this an A- grade , excellent for an after school snack. I used Cheerios and Craisins for the analysis. Their recipe analyzer is free for anyone to use.
  • DomesticSpice
    23 AUG, 2010
    These came out GREAT! I only had Honey Nut Cheerios on hand
  • EstherWhittle
    31 JUL, 2010
    These look good. I'd use malt/gluten-free oat cereal, and add some chopped walnuts or sliced almonds to the mixture. I make a similar treat with Gluten-Free Rice Chex. Esther of Kent
  • ValerieDJ
    27 JUL, 2010
    Ok, guys, short answers: 1) no, there's no substitute for marshmallows, or something equally bad, in a no-bake bar. There are nice granola recipes with peanut butter, sunflower butter, honey, etc., but they need to be baked. 2) honey-nut cheerios will be too sweet and not dry enough. 3) chocolate chips will melt and make a mess. dip one end of the fully cooled bars if you must have chocolate. 4) and finally, if you're worried about calories, don't eat anything with marshmallows in it.
  • Michelemary
    27 JUL, 2010
    I have to agree that it is very important for nutritional values to be included. Most often i won't make a recipe if it doesn't include nutritional information, including sugar grams. So many recipes will include some info, but leave out sugar grams. MMO
  • aaroyan
    27 JUL, 2010
    I agree too, it would be so helpful if the nutritional values are posted with your great recipes. For myself and all those that are concerned with their health and weight. AA
  • kaceey
    12 JUL, 2010
    Oh no, now we are going to get a slew of comments against adding nutritional values, telling us not to be so lazy and figure it out for ourselves. --It would be nice to at least have the calories included. ( andI don't have time to figure it out for myself.)
  • MS10416230
    11 JUL, 2010
    I agree, Martha. Great recipes but nutritional values are so important especially for us trying to watch our weight not to mention those with health issues.
  • mcl
    11 JUL, 2010
    It would be great if the recipes had the nutritional values like calories, fat
  • booboobaby
    11 JUL, 2010
    I think I'll try putting a little cinnamon into the marshmallow/butter mixture. And add some chopped walnuts with the cranberries and cereal.