Chocolate Covered Banana Dessert Bars
(from the kitchen of Liesl)
4 tablespoons butter
5 1/2 cups marshmallows
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon banana extract
6 cups Banana Nut Cheerios
11.5 ounce bag of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips
2 ounces of chopped pecans
Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non stick cooking spray. In a deep non-stick soup pan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and combine with butter until melted completely. Remember to stir, you don't want the marshmallows to burn. While stirring add the vanilla and banana extract. Turn off heat and add the Banana Nut Cheerios one cup at a time, until all combined. Immediately transfer Cheerios mixture into your greased baking dish. To spread the bars I always use a zip lock baggie sprayed with non stick cooking spray and press the bars down. This works well, because the cheerios don't stick to you as you spread them out.Using a double boiler (or you can melt chocolate in microwave using a microwave safe bowl), melt the entire bag of Ghirardelli Chocolate. Remember to stir the chocolate too...chocolate can easily burn! Once melted add a couple spoonfuls of the chopped pecans and stir to combine. Spread melted chocolate over the cheerio bars. Sprinkle remaining chopped pecans on top. Let cool until the chocolate is set. Enjoy!!These bars were absolutely heavenly. I actually brought some into work so that my friend could take some good pictures of them. My camera just wouldn't do these bars the justice they deserve! So yes, there are a lot of pictures of these bars, but come on...look at them!!!
I asked my husband last night what he would rate the bars if he had to (between 1 and 10) and he said 8! FREAKING 8!!! LOL I asked him why an 8 to which he responded "It's just a cereal bar honey, not like a cake or anything!" HAHA Seriously he doesn't know his desserts! This bar was so delicious and I hope you give it a try, I would love to hear your feedback!