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Recipe: SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK: BANANA NUT SNACK BARS

Back-to-school means the return of pressure on mom and dad to come up with school lunch ideas other than peanut butter and jelly and turkey and cheese. It's not always easy to come up with portable, kid-friendly foods. This week, we'll offer a few creative ideas. This one comes from Betty Crocker.

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons margarine or butter (do not use spread or tub products)

1 bag (10.5 oz.) miniature marshmallows (5 1/2 cups)

6 cups Banana Nut Cheerios cereal

1/3 cup roasted sunflower nuts

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon canola oil

DIRECTIONS

1. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large microwavable bowl, microwave margarine uncovered on High 30 to 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss until coated. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute 15 seconds to 1 minute 45 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until mixture can be stirred smooth.

2. Stir in cereal and sunflower nuts until well blended. Press evenly in pan.

3. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and oil uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds, stirring very 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over bars.

4. Cool 1 hour or until glaze is set. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered.

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