Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fruity Pebble Crispies

Another great find in my fashion mags was a cluster of articles baking with kids cereal.  This cereal just happens to be gluten-free! It's not one of those bland cereals that your children will hate, it's Fruity Pebbles.  This cereal has been around for a long time, and for a long time it was gluten-free.  This is a safe cereal for your kids.  I also found this in the Feb. 2011 issue of InStyle Magazine.  This is a colorful festive treat that's great for groups or on the go.  Who can go wrong with bars? 

Serves 8-10

1 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
11 cups Fruity Pebbles crunch  (see below recipe)
2 sprigs fresh thyme or lemon verbena for garnish

1.  In a microwave, heat marshmallows and butter on high in a large microwave-safe bowl for 2-3 minutes, stirring intermittently with a wooden spoon until mixture is completely melted and smooth.  

2.  Pour Fruity Pebbles Crunch on top of marshmallow mixture; stir until cereal is coated.

3.  Spread 1/2 inch layer of mixture into a greased 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan; allow to cool completely.

4.  Sprinkle with thyme or lemon verbena leaves, torn into small pieces.

5.  Cut into rectangles and serve

**a very blurry picture!  So sorry, my camera was acting up!!

Fruity Pebbles Crunch Recipe

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
4 3/4 cups Envior Kids Cereal (original recipe called for Captain Crunch, and Captain Crunch is not gluten-free-I swapped a cereal that I know will lend itself to this recipe), lightly crushed with hands to half the volume.
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp salt  (that's a lot in my opinion, but you as the taster can gauge what you need)
4 tbsp nonfat milk powder


1. Heat oven to 275 degrees.  2. Melt butter In a microwave-safe bowl (about 45 seconds).  3.  Toss dry ingredients to distribute evenly.  4.  Add melted butter and toss again so ingredients adhere to one another.  5.  Spread 1/2 inch layer of mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  6.  Bake for 20 minutes until it begins to brown.  7.  Remove from oven, cool completely, and break into dime-size clusters before using.

Enjoy!  xoxo Julie


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