Are you looking for a recipe that uses up all of the extra baking ingredients left over after Christmas? If so, you’ll love our new This and That Bar Recipe.
My son’s girlfriend baked these up a few weeks ago and was thrilled with the results. We wanted to share them with you.
I don't like to throw away food scraps. It's a pain to get to the dump, and the tipping fees increased in 2022. So I'm on a mission to reduce our household waste!
We compost what we can to add to our vegetable garden. When we have homestead animals around we give them our kitchen scraps too.
Yet combining small amounts of baking ingredients is a great way to create a new dessert.
Use Leftovers for This and That Bar Recipe
If your family is anything like ours, you likely bake up a storm over the holidays. Yet you might still have a few odds and ends of Christmas baking ingredients left to use up.
That’s why Lindsay created a This and That Bar Recipe.
They use a little bit of “this” and a little bit of “that.” And they’re the perfect way to enjoy a dessert that fits into a new year’s food budget or pantry challenge.
And by the way, if you're looking for another great bar or square recipe, try these fun confetti squares made with colorful mini marshmallows!
This is really more of a guide than a recipe. Use what you have on hand.
The key is to try to use equal amounts of dried fruit, walnuts, chocolate or another sweetener.
For example, try a handful of cranberries, a cup of walnuts, and about ¼ bag of chocolate chips to create your very own This and That Bar recipe.
This and That Bars
This is really more of a guide than a recipe. Remember to use up your leftovers,
The key to a really tasty This and That Bar is to try to use equal amounts of dried fruit, walnuts, chocolate or another sweetener. You don't want the bars to be too dry.
For example, a handful of cranberries, a cup of walnuts, and about ¼ bag of chocolate chips make a good, simple combination.
These measurements below are approximate.
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup walnuts, crushed,
- ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup mini marshmallows, melted
- 2 tbsps peanut butter
- Additional ½ cup Baker’s Chocolate or chocolate chips, any kind
- Mix all ingredients, except the second amount of chocolate chips in a buttered 9 x 9 baking dish.
- Using a buttered spatula, press the mixture down into an even block.
- Melt Bakers Chocolate (or choc chips) and drizzle over top.
- Place in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes, until the chocolate is solid.
- Remove the block from the dish onto a cutting board, and cut it into rectangular bars or squares.
Remember, the idea here is to use up what you have on hand. Possible ingredients could include
- shredded coconut
- chocolate chips
- dried cranberries, raisins, or berries
- nuts or seeds
- dried fruit chunks
Don't be afraid to experiment! You can't really go wrong.
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Nutrition InformationYield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 74Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 1mgSodium 221mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 2g