I had a conversation with one of my daughter’s friends yesterday. I had not seen her in several months, and as we caught up with each other, I expressed my appreciation that she “liked” the Instagram photos I post on my Happy Valley Learn to Cook Instagram page. She said, “I love your photos. And you know what? When you write #youcancook, I really believe that I CAN cook!”‘
To me, cooking is fun. But it was not always that way. My mother is a great cook, but did not often let me in to the kitchen to cook with her. I understand. Kids make messes. But as I grew older, I had to cook for myself in college, as a working person and as the mom of a family. I used my mom’s tried and true recipes and kept at it. Cooking is a skill that just like any other skill, takes practice. It is worth it too. For your health (cooking your own food is ALWAYS healthier than take-out), your wallet (it’s cheaper) and it can bring out your creativity.
These Almond Cereal Bars are a perfect example. You really don’t cook these. If you can use a microwave and stir, you can make these bars. They are relatively healthy and they make a great snack. FIVE ingredients, that’s all. #youcancook!
Almond Cereal Bars
3 Tablespoons butter
6 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup almond butter
5 cups Cheerios cereal
1 cup craisins
Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan.
Place the butter, almond butter and marshmallows into a large bowl.
Microwave on high power for about 2 minutes, stirring at the one minute mark.
When finished in the microwave, stir until all the marshmallows are melted and smooth.
Pour in the cereal and craisins.
Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
Allow to cool, cut into squares. Makes about 24 bars.