Cranberry Trail Bars

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      Cranberry Trail Bars

      1/3 C. sesame seeds.
      1/3 C. hulled sunflower seeds.
      1/3 C.

      chopped pecans or walnuts.
      1/3 C. chopped almonds.
      1/3 C. unsweetened dried coconut.
      3 1/2 C.

      crisp toasted rice cereal (such as Rice Crispies).
      1 C. dried cranberries.
      3 TBSP. peanut butter.
      2 TBSP.

      butter or margarine.
      7 C. (12 oz.) mini-marshmallows.
      These make-ahead trail bars are a hit with the kids and adults alike.
      In a medium frying pan over medium heat, combine sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans and almonds until sesame seeds are a pale gold, about 3 minutes.
      Add coconut and stir until sesame seeds are golden, about 2 minutes.
      Stir in cranberries and cereal. Remove from heat.
      Next, combine peanut butter, butter, and marshmallows in a 5-6 qt.

      pan. Stir often over low heat until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes.
      Add cereal mixture and stir quickly to coat evenly.
      Pour into in a buttered 9 x 13 pan and use the back of a buttered spatula to press into a firm layer.
      Cool until bars are set and cut into 24 pieces.
      Store in an airtight container or storage bags for up to three days.

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