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28 February 2011

Tempering the good with the bad...

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Flax seed is good.  Marshmallows...not so much.  

I want my boys to eat flax seed.  They aren't going to do it unless some marshmallows are involved.

So, I temper the good with the bad and hope the ratio will work out so their little bodies are healthy and happy.  These "treats" are packed full of good things, but they are similar enough to rice krispies treats that the kiddos think they are a treat. 

There is no "recipe" really.  
Just a formula.  

You need a binder and sweetener (marshmallows, honey) and some fat (butter).  Then you add in all your good stuff.  

Start with the bad stuff though...bury 1/2 stick of butter or so and a half bag of marshmallows in a non-stick pot and put in on med-high on the stove.  You don't want the marshies to burn, so stay close to the stove.  (Feel free to adjust need about 1 part bad stuff for 2 parts good...)

Then, you collect all of the good stuff.  
This time I had cranberries, sunflowers seeds, flax meal and oats.  
Oats are the constant, as is some type of dried fruit, but otherwise, 
mix in any grain and seed and healthy bits you want your kids to eat.

The marshies take a few minutes to loosen up and melt, but once they start, 
it will happen quickly and you need to stir constantly while they fully melt.

The butter melts at first, then your marshies will be covered in melted butter (YUM!) 
and then in an instant it will break and become a white mixture akin to marshmallow fluff.  
At this point, quickly TAKE IT OFF OF THE HEAT and dump in all your good stuff and STIR right away.

 The mixture will ball up pretty quickly in the pot.  If it doesn't, you need to add more binder...

Tip the finished ball out into a greased pan.

 Spread it out a bit and wait for it to cool.  

We just take to it with fingers and spoons, but if you would like to be civilized, 
either make a bigger batch or use a smaller pan to hold the bars.  
When they are fully cooled, you can cut them into actual bars. 

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