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Bake-Off® Contest 41, 2004
Blacksburg, Virginia

Monkey Cereal Bars

Here's a no-bake bar with something for everyone: walnuts, cocoa, coconut and bananas. Delicious!

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 45 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

1
cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4
cup flaked coconut
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1
(10-oz.) bag marshmallows
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
6
cups Cocoa Puffs® Cereal
1
cup coarsely crushed dried banana chips*

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. On ungreased cookie sheet with sides, bake walnuts at 350°F. for 5 minutes.
  • 2 Remove cookie sheet from oven. Stir coconut into walnuts. Return to oven; bake an additional 4 to 6 minutes or until coconut is light golden brown, stirring twice during baking. Set aside to cool.
  • 3 In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until melted. Stir in cocoa until well blended. Remove from heat.
  • 4 Stir in cereal, banana chips, toasted walnuts and coconut until evenly coated; pour into sprayed pan. Spread mixture evenly, pressing down slightly. Cool 30 minutes. Cut into bars.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. On ungreased cookie sheet with sides, bake walnuts at 350°F. for 5 minutes.
  • 2 Remove cookie sheet from oven. Stir coconut into walnuts. Return to oven; bake an additional 4 to 6 minutes or until coconut is light golden brown, stirring twice during baking. Set aside to cool.
  • 3 In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until melted. Stir in cocoa until well blended. Remove from heat.
  • 4 Stir in cereal, banana chips, toasted walnuts and coconut until evenly coated; pour into sprayed pan. Spread mixture evenly, pressing down slightly. Cool 30 minutes. Cut into bars.

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*To easily crush banana chips, place in gallon-size resealable food-storage plastic bag. Use rolling pin to crush chips.

Nutritional information

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
295
(
Calories from Fat
125),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
22g
22%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.