Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

By: Christy

 Now that I'm a full grown adult, I have (like so many of us have when we discovered its high sugar and carb content and realized our bodies unfortunate inability to burn it off like when we were ten haha) done the socially correct adult thing by graduating to a more mature breakfast of fruit, yogurt, an egg, etc, I often forget about my long lost childhood loves-cereal! Cookie Crisp, Captain Crunch, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are my all time favorite cereals and they will always hold a sweet (no pun intended LOL) spot in my heart when it comes to not only breakfast but just in general a tasty treat.

That's why when it came to baking with cereal I knew this was a perfect excuse to buy one of my guilty pleasure cereals! With a fully loaded schedule I knew I needed to prepare something easy, and super quick and that's when the idea hit me.... How about a modern twist on the super easy and delicious classic rice crispy treats. I used the same recipe I have for rice crispies but just replaced the rice cereal with the amazingly, super delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

If for some reason Cinnamon Toast Crunch isn't your thing, no worries! You can pretty much use any cereal in this recipe and it probably be absolutely delicious. Ideas for alternatives that quickly come to mind: Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles, Golden Grahams, and Frosted Flakes.

1 normal size box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or about 6 cups of cereal
1 bag of marshmallows (or 4 cups mini)
1/3 cup butter

Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non stick spray. Melt butter then add the marshmallows. Once melted pour in cereal and stir making sure to thoroughly coat the cereal. Pour into the pan. It will be sticky, but you will need to compact the cereal. I took a piece of wax paper sprayed lightly with the non stick spray to cover the treats and pushed the cereal down with my hands.

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