Fluffernutter Bars

It must be so easy to be a dad.

I mean, I know it’s not easy to be a parent in general. Just yesterday, I took the kids to the mall (which I almost never do because if I have a few hours to kill and I want to window shop, I wan’t to be able to go at my pace and enjoy myself). Ellie had the day off and they both needed new shoes. If they were *relatively* well behaved (meaning I left the store with no bald patches on my own scalp), I would take them to the Disney store for a little present, then to lunch at Nordstrom (our favorite mall restaurant since Ellie was three and called it “Mushroom”).

They were both actually really well behaved, so I thought I could run into Urban Outfitters which is between Disney and Nordstrom. Not a full minute goes by before she decides she’s done and leaves the store- her intention was to go to “Mushroom” order for us, and get a table: when I was finished shopping, I would meet her there and be very happy with her. Fortunately, I was watching her, she never dissapeared from view, and was never lost. Not even for a second.

I spent the rest of the day alternately furious and depressed. Depressed because I had to have the “there are bad people in this world who would hurt you just because they can” talk with her, thereby altering her “sunshine and rainbow” six year old view of the world. I guess that moment has to come at some point, and now I know she wouldn’t even think to do it again. If not due to a fear of strangers, maybe as a result of the other new concept she was introduced to yesterday: grounded for a month.

Anyway- that was some tangent, huh?

Fluffer-nutter Bars (Ellie's Bites)

What I was saying is that moms are all about grounding and cleaning your room and eating your vegetables. While mom is trying to come up with new and innovative ways to serve kale and hide fish in macaroni and cheese, dad is spreading peanut butter and fluff on *gasp* WHITE bread and calling it lunch.

Well, this mom decided she was going to be cool last week, even if it was just for one after school snack.

Fluffernutter bars follow the same formula as Rice Crispy bars. These are the ingredients you’ll need:

FlufferNutter Bars Ingredients

  • Puffed Peanut Butter Cereal (3 cups)
  • 1/2 bag marshmallows
  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons peanutbutter
  • Fluff (optional)

(I make mine in an 8×8 inch pan. If you want more, double the recipe and use a 9×13 inch pan)

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  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the marshmallows and stir until just barely melted.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the puff cereal. Stir until the cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Turn the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Let cool, then cut into squares.
  7. (optional) spread a light layer of marshmallow fluff over the top of the bars. I tried to melt and drizzle the fluff, but fluff does’t drizzle well.

Be a cool mom today. Let dad worry about antioxidants.

I’m linking this to Simply Sweet Saturdays at Simply Sweets by Honeybee

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