RECIPE: Party Mix Bars – Fun Snack Bars
We love this recipe from NIBBLE contributor Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog.
It ports the concept of a party mix (like Chex Mix) to a snack bar. Says Hannah:
“Don’t drag out that tired old bag of snack mix; whip up a festive batch of bars liable to become the life of the party!
“This sweet and salty treat takes shape as grabbable, munchable squares, rather than a handful of loose munchies, leaving less mess to collect between sofa cushions the next day.
“Make it for a movie night, a game of Scrabble, video games, or just for hanging out with friends.”
This recipe comes from Hannah’s new book, Sweet Vegan Treats.
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy every one of them. People who are kosher or lactose intolerant will also enjoy these non-dairy recipes.
Non-vegans can use regular butter instead of vegan butter.
If you want a nut-free recipe, substitute crispy dry roasted chickpeas and/or soybeans (edamame) instead.
Ingredients For 20 To 24 Bars
1. COMBINE the pretzels, both types of cereal and nuts in a large bowl. Liberally coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set both aside.
2. SET a medium saucepan over low heat melt the butter. Once it has liquefied, add the sugar and syrup, stirring as necessary until the sugar crystals dissolve.
3. TURN up the heat and bring the mixture to a steady boil. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until it appears to have thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the vanilla. Pour the contents over the dry mix and fold it in carefully but briskly, being careful not to crush the cereal.
4. POUR everything into the prepared pan and gently press it out into an even layer. Let it cool completely before cutting into bars.