Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cranberry Coconut Avalanche Bars

For a mom who doesn't like peanut butter, a Mother's Day adaptation of the chocolate/PB avalanche bars...

12oz bag white chocolate chips
1/3 cup almond butter
3 cups Rice Krispies, or "Puffed Rice" if you're buying generic
1 2/3 cups mini marshmallows
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup sredded coconut
1/3 cup slivered almonds

Lightly grease a 9x9 pan (or 8x8 if you prefer thicker bars)
1. In microwave-safe bowl dump in white chips and heat on med power for 1 minute. Stir and continue in 30 second increments until chips are melted.
2. Combine the almond butter with the melted chips
3. Add the krispies.
4. Let cool approx 15 - 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes or so to help cool.
5. Add the marshmallows, white chocolate chips, craisens, coconut, and almonds and stir to combine.
6. Dump mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly, pressing lightly with the back of your spoon, but do not compact too much, otherwise they will get hard.
7. Press some remaining white chocolate chips, almonds, and craisens into the top for garnish.
When the bars are completely cooled cut into squares and enjoy!

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