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Monday, December 14, 2009

Tis the Season....Cherry Banana Crunch

I have always loved the holiday season - Thanksgiving and Christmas....besides the obvious reasons, mostly because of the baking and cooking that goes along with it. All the years my kids were growing up, November and December meals consisted of sausage balls, Chex mix, and double-dipped bon-bons. Sweet Bread was always a favorite for giving away, and I loved experimenting with new flavors. As mentioned, Chex Mix was a staple, and nobody loves the new direction Chex cereals have taken than moi!! An original recipe follows, and if you are a Chex Mix lover, try it, and let me know what you think.


8 cups Rice or Corn Chex cereal
1 cup Frosted Cheerios
1 cup granola (or two cups Cheerios)
1 package banana chips
1 package dried cherries
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons (TBLS) corn syrup
6 TBLS butter, cubed
1 large box cherry jello

Large size (roasting) bag for shaking

Place cereals (granola) in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Set aside.
In microwave safe measuring cup or bowl, place cubed butter, brown sugar, and syrup. Microwave 1 minute and stir. Microwave at 10 second intervals until butter is melted and mixture combined if needed. Stir and add two TBLS cherry jello. Mix well and microwave 30 seconds or until mixture is hot and mixed well. Pour three-quarters of mixture over cereal and fold into cereal until coated. Microwave 1 minute and gently fold until cereal is well coated with syrup. Add bananas, cherries, and rest of syrup mixture. Fold into cereal until well coated. Microwave two minutes, folding well after each minute. Fold well and set aside to cool slightly. Pour approximately half the remaining cherry jello in a large (roasting size) bag and add cereal. Pour balance of jello on top of cereal, close securely, and shake to coat pieces as evenly as possible. Spread on wax paper to cool and keep in airtight container - if it lasts that long.


Maggi said...

Wow, your first official post! And such a great recipe too! Looks great, I love you!

Nicole Maki said...

Mmmm. That sounds very festive and tasty. I've never seen a recipe like this before - very original.

Welcome to blogging.

yyam said...

Wow...it sounds yummy...and I have a microwave! Thanks for sharing and have fun with your new blog! :)

Julie said...

Welcome to Blogland!!! I love your daughter, Maggi & was excited to meet you, too! I'm a vintage-loving girl, so the thought of a Vintage Kitchen makes me VERY happy! I'm excited to see what you have in store for us!

I'm your newest follower, and I'll be back very often to check in! LOVE this recipe--what a great twist on Chex Mix!!!

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!

Jocelyn said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of Blogging!!!!

That sounds like an awesome recipe...I have to try it out!!!

Wishing you a wonderful day!!! :-)

PS...I adore Maggi!!!!!!

jacque4u2c said...

This sounds so very yummy! Gonna try this for sure! Welcome to Blog land!!!! I just love your daughter! You are blessed!!! Toot is pretty amazing too!

Carmen said...

Ohhhh this sounds yummy! Being in England I'm sure the ingredient that I don't recognise (corn syrup) must just be named something else here! I'm a definite learner at cooking so it wont hurt me to do some investigation - this sounds to tasty not to bookmark!

Carmen said...

p.s your crafty Christmas creations ROCK!

jordiegirl said...

Welcome to blogging world, you'll find it's so much fun and you will make so many friends on here.

I popped on over after visiting Maggi's blog.

Jackie said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging :) And I have to say your recipe sounds delish :)

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Welcome to Blog Land! Thank you for this yummy recipe! You must be totally awesome because you raised such a wonderful daughter, I just adore your Maggi!

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

hi there! I'm stopping by from Maggi's to say hello! Wonderful recipe :-)

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Welcome to blogging! It's addicting...just to warn you. I'm always looking for recipes so I'm sure I'll be stopping by often. :)

Anonymous said...

welcome to the fabulous world of blogging! the recipe sounds delish!

Me........... said...

welcome to the great world of blogging - that recipe is FAB but it's really difficult to get jello here.... mmm i shall have to track some down!!!!!
can't wait to see more recipes, have fun blogging
vicki xxx

That's Who I Am said...

Welcome to blogging! Maggi sent us over to you and your little blog is so cute! Look forward to reading all your posts! By the way Maggi and I so could have been sisters;)


Adding my welcoming greeting to you.
Blogging is so much fun, you meet so many interesting people ...I have been blogging for over a year now and have never met one person who was ever mean or bad. Most folks are so nice and give such love to others.
Maggi is a terrific lady, congrats on raising such a smart, sweet daughter. I feel very lucky to have her friendship. Your recipe for this chex mix does sound yummy. My Dad always loved making chex-mix at Christmas. Thanks for bringing that great memory back to me. I wish you must success with your blog......if I can help in any way please just let me know. There are many places to find FREE images to put onto blogs.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

welcome maggi's mommy!!! this looks YUMMY! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Dustjacket Attic said...

A big welcome to blogworld, I really hope you have fun with it and enjoy posting what you love.

Beautiful recipe too, yum!

Fink said...

Welcome to the blogging world! I will definately have to mark your site! I love the Chex mix receipes. I am looking for the one made with chocolate and pretzels. Do you have it?


Lorry said...

Wavin Hi to Maggi's Mommy!
your recipe looks delish.. Welcome to blog land!

laterg8r said...

welcome to blogging - love the look of your header and the name of your blog :D

wish i was a better cook so i'll follow you and try a few of your recipes :D

MrsETaylor said...

What a beautiful Blog. Looking forward to many great recipes.

Thanks Maggi for sending me here.

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