Add these fun mix-ins to traditional Rice Krispie Treats to make them into something special and super ooey-gooey yummy – Blueberry Rice Krispie Bars!
With the addition of mix-ins, traditional Rice Krispie Treats are my kids’ favorite birthday to bring to school. Four times a year, I bring doctored up Krispie Bars to school – and listen to the ‘Happy Birthday’ song as my kids pass out treats.
Our variations have included:
- Rice Krispies + chocolate Krispies + chocolate sprinkles
- Rice Krispies + cranberries + white chocolate chips
- Cheerios + dried apricots + almonds
But these Blueberry Rice Krispie Bars are our favorite.
The ingredient that makes these Krispy Bars the best you have tasted is fresh (or frozen) blueberries. The berries taste deliciously sweet-tart as you crunch through the Krispies and sweet marshmallows. A few of the berries burst during the folding-in process – leaving pretty purple streaks.
I developed this recipe over the summer and there were many picnics to which these Blueberry Millet Rice Krispy Bars were a BIG hit. I originally shared these treats with Britney and Cherie of GrainCrazy as out favorite lunchbox treat!
Head on over to GrainCrazy for the Blueberry Rice Krispy Bars recipe and for ideas on how I like to change up the (super, simple) traditional Rice Krispie Treats with other fruits and flavorings and cereal combos…and to see other bloggers’ healthy, yummy lunchbox recipes featured this week.Print
Blueberry Rice Krispy Bars
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups Puffed Millet cereal (or Cheerios-type cereal)
- 4 cups crisped rice cereal
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen, keep frozen)
Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows. Cook, stirring, until marshmallows are melted, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla, then cereal and berries.
Scrape mixture into prepared pan and, using wet hands (or a rubber scraper coated with cooking spray,) quickly press evenly into pan until firm.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving (or pack in lunchbox with cold pack.) Consume within one day to avoid treats losing their crunch factor.
Do you ever make variations of the original Rice Krispie Treats? How do you doctor them up? (: