Three ingredients, no oven required, and easy on the waist line-what could be better? Not much. Most of us are used to traditional cereal treats made with plain jane rice crispies. However, you can use any cereal you’re into to make this favorite snack. What a great way to get rid of that old box of cereal sitting your pantry about to expire! I made mine two ways. First, with my favorite cereal – cinnamon toast crunch and second, with cocoa flavored rice crispy treats, putting a spin on an old favorite.
(1) Bag or 10 oz. Marshmallows
(6 c.) Cereal
(3) tbsp. Butter (You can use I can’t believe it’s not butter! to make it more low fat)
(1) Melt the butter in a large pot on medium high heat.
(2) Next add the marshmallows and cereal. Stir until the marshmallows have fully melted and all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
(3) Line a cake pan with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
(4) Using a nonstick spatula, press the mixture down into the pan and let cool for 15-20 minutes or until fully hardened, cut into 12 even squares and enjoy!
I wrapped mine up individually in plastic wrap and took them to the movies as a snack for everyone to enjoy 😉
Here’s another great low fat recipe that will fill you with energy! You can make a lot of variations of this granola bar by adding or subtracting ingredients. To make it more low fat/cal you can take out the chocolate, almonds or berries. Other than that, these granola bars are almost fat free!
Ingredients Makes 12 Bars
(2) c. Fat free Granola
(1/4) c. Corn Flakes
(1/2) c. Slivered Almonds
(1/2) c. I can Believe It’s Not Butter! (Melted or in liquid form)
(1/2) c. Bittersweet or Dark Chocolate Chips
(1/2) c. Honey
(2) Egg Whites
(1/2) c. Brown Splenda
(1/8) c. Raisins
(1/8) c. Cranberries
How To Oven @ 375
(1) Chop up chocolate chips using a good serrated knife. You want the chocolate to be about the same size as the granola you’re using-even a little smaller. Place in a large bowl.
(2) Toast almonds in a small pan on medium heat. Move the almonds frequently, they burn up quick! You’ll know they’re done when they start turning a little golden brown and fragrant. When ready, chop the almonds up and throw them into the bowl.
(3) Add the granola, berries, cranberry, raisins, and corn flakes in the bowl. Mix well.
Next add the honey, splenda brown sugar, butter & egg whites. Make sure the granola mixture is fully incorporated with the wet ingredients.
(4) Line a cake pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Let the granola cook for about 15 minutes or until they are slightly brown on top. Let cool, then place in the fridge until completely hardened. I left mine in the fridge overnight so they were easy to cut through without falling apart.
(5) Cut into 12 even squares and enjoy! It’s best to keep these in the fridge and take out an hour before you serve so everything sticks together and it doesn’t fall apart 🙂
Happy New Year! Hope 2011 is a great one for you! Starting your week off right with these super low fat/low cal muffins. If you follow this recipe exactly you might end up with more of a pancake/fluffy bread muffin-just as good and exactly what I made. To add more muffin flavor, use eggs instead of egg whites and real sugar.
Bye, Bye Holiday Weight
(3) c. Flour- can substitute for Whole Wheat if desire
(1) c. Splenda- can substitute for honey but this will add on a lot of calories
(2) c. Blueberries
(2) Egg whites
(2/3) c. No Sugar Added Applesauce
(1) c. Non-fat Milk
(1) tsp. Salt
(1) tbsp. Baking Powder
Work It Out Oven @ 375
(1) Beat egg whites for 30 seconds so they get a little fluffy. Add all of the ingredients besides the blueberries and mix well. Last add the blueberries and mix evenly.
(2) Spray a muffin pan with non stick spray and distribute batter evenly. The recipe yields for about 16 muffins, my pan holds 12, so I saved the extra batter for latter.
These muffins take a while to fully cook. Mine took about 30 mins. Wait until muffins are golden brown on top and serve when warm. They may not be as tasty as a sugary, fatty muffin but your jeans wont hurt in the morning 😉 Enjoy!
Coming up Wednesday one of my favorite low cal almost fat free desserts that take me back to when I was an itty bitty. Bottoms up.