What actually makes these “a little better for you smore bars” any better than basic smores?
Let me count all the ways…
- These “a little better for you smore bars” are made with all better-for-you ingredients — remember, that doesn't make this sugar dessert a health food or anything, but at least it has no crappy preservatives, no colors or weird flavors, no corn syrup, plenty of pastured butter, and more good stuff, so it has a lot going for it!
- It is also a no bake recipe — just one big pan.
- No mess all over your fingers, as in NONE!
- They can easily be made-ahead for company so you can just pull them out before serving. If you really want to get ahead of the game, you can even toss them into the freezer to last longer before you need them.
- My favorite: they're SO good, and MUCH more yummy than a regular smore, they're seriously addictive guys. (You've been warned!)
Maybe it's not campfire weather wherever you are right now, but if you're like me and LOVE smores any time of year, no need to fret, I've got this! I pulled a few recipes together to make these with ingredients that aren't too bad, as far as treats go.
I first made it when we were having a bunch of families from church over and talking about forgiveness, so I printed these little papers out that said, “Forgive and then forgive s'more.” Cute, huh? 🙂
I'm so excited I found some “natural” marshmallows at our local grocery store the other day so I could play around with this recipe. Keep in mind that that “natural” term is pretty loosey-goosey, and you can't always trust it, so as always, read those labels! The label on this one isn't perfectly sparkly, but it's much better than the regular marshmallows.
Smores for Christmas?
Smores aren't exactly something you'd think of bringing to a Christmas gathering, but these are so good and so easy to make ahead, that when I mentioned a few months ago on Facebook that I might bring them anyway, see below in the comments for the ideas that came in for how to make them a little more “Christmasy”. 🙂
A Little Better for You Smore Bars
Yield 18-24 Bars (depends on size)
- 3/4 cup butter — pastured butter is best, plus more softened butter for buttering the cookie sheet
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 4-10 ounce bags of natural marshmallows like these (I found them in our grocery store — non-GMO! They have soy though. Bummer.) If you can only find the bigger ones, cut about 1/4 of them (1 bag) into smaller pieces.
- About 22 ounces of your favorite chocolate (or if you find a chocolate bar with ingredients you're okay with, just break it into pieces) — I used these milk chocolate chips since the ingredient label isn't bad and I love the taste. Others like these, especially if there are allergies in your family.
- About 18 organic graham crackers, broken into small-ish pieces, about 1/2 inch or so.
Generously butter your cookie sheet, don't forget to get up on the sides. In a big saucepan, so you have room to stir it around good, melt butter, add sea salt and about 30 ounces of marshmallows (3 bags). Keep on low-to-medium heat, stirring almost constantly as it all gets gooey and melty and wonderful, for around 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add in half the chocolate, stir it in to melt. Toss in the graham crackers, the other half of the chocolate, and the rest of the smaller marshmallows, and stir until it's all mixed together. (Here's where you can taste-test some and see how good this is!) Spoon it into the baking pan, then either use the back of the spoon or your clean hands, and press it around until it's all flat and even. Let set for at least a half hour or more with a piece of loose parchment paper over the top, and later cut into squares before serving. I also served ours with some homemade vanilla ice cream. If you make it ahead, just cover it well and leave it on the counter (for a day or two) or in the freezer (for longer) and get it out in time to thaw and cut before serving.
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