Cranberry Trail Bars Recipe -
Cranberry Trail Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Cranberry Trail Bars

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"This is a power version of traditional crispy rice treats made with different nuts, coconut and cranberries."

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Original recipe makes 24 bars Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, stir together the sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans and almonds. Cook until the sesame seeds are starting to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Add coconut, and stir until sesame seeds are golden. Watch carefully, as they burn easily. Stir in the cranberries and cereal, and remove from heat.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter and marshmallows. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted. Pour in the cereal and nut mixture, and stir until evenly coated. Press lightly into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Let stand until cool, then cut into bars. Store in an airtight container, or wrap individually in plastic wrap.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 19, 2006

These were great! It's a pretty foolproof recipe. I subbed in extra and different types of seeds and nuts and it was awesome. Thanks for the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2009

These came out too sticky for me but had good flavor. I suggest toasting the sesame seeds seperate from the other nuts, because they are so small they sit at the bottom of the pan and are harder to keep from getting over-cooked.

Jan 04, 2007

These were soooo---good. I made them for Christmas. The only change made was that I used no sesame seeds and double the sunflower seed.

Jun 06, 2006

SOOOO good. These are just like the fruit cereal bars at Second Cup. Thanks for Sharing!!!

Dec 20, 2008

OMG! I absolutely loved this recipe! I seriously recommend trying this out! So yummy!

Oct 21, 2012

In looking at the reviews, this recipe has been around since 2006 with only a dozen reviews. I thought these bars were awesome. Easy to mix up, and the texture was just perfect. They're not too sticky and would be the perfect snack to have in the car for a road trip. The cranberries give you a little zing of tartness, and there's just a hint of the peanut butter flavor. I think the next time I'll use both cranberries and apricots, and maybe add a little more peanut butter. Nice recipe to "make your own" by varying the nuts and dried fruits. This one is going into my "Favorites" file. Thanks JOENAUJOKAS for sharing your recipe.

Aug 03, 2006

These bars are so good. My 9 year old daughter made them for a 4-H project for the county fair and won first place. We used salted sunflower seeds and not raw ones and added a few extra pecans. All of my kids liked them too.

Aug 26, 2012

I made these for my husband to take on a backpacking trip. Followed the recipe except to omit the coconut, which neither of us care for. They were good... kind of a glorified and slightly heartier Rice Krispie Square. Would make again for day hikes and camping trips as they travel and pack well.


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  • Calories
  • 145 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 66 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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