Salted Nut Roll Bars – marshmallows, peanut butter, peanuts, and Rice Krispies! It starts with a box of cake mix so it’s a quick and easy dessert!
January is a hard month to be a food blogger. I mean, the last few months have all had a theme. September was football, October was pumpkin & Halloween, November was Thanksgiving, and December was Christmas.
But there’s nothing in January.
I’m posting healthy/paleo stuff because I hear it’s popular around this time of year but every time I do, someone unsubscribes and uses the “content not relevant” option.
Which then causes a conversation with my husband that goes something like this: “WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Are they saying that my content is not relevant to THEIR life? Or are they saying I’m not relevant? Am I old? Am I too old for the internet?!”
And my husband just looks at me. Because how do you even respond to that?
How to Make Salted Nut Roll Bars!
So I made Salted Nut Roll Bars.
These are super simple and actually start with a box of yellow cake mix! You prepare it so that it is denser, more brownie-like rather than cake like. Once it is baked, it gets topped with marshmallows and put back into the oven until the marshmallows are melty and puffed up.
And then it gets topped with the best part!
The topping is made by melting butter and peanut butter chips (in the baking aisle with the rest of the chocolate chips) together. One that is melted and smooth, you stir in Rice Krispies cereal and salted peanuts. That gets spread on top of the marshmallows and then you have to let it sit in the fridge until everything is set. Which is definitely the hardest part!
They are sweet and salty and everything I look for in a quick dessert.
Looking for more bar recipes?
Ambrosia Streusel Bars – your favorite fruit salad as a delicious bar! They start with a shortbread crust and that gets topped with a pineapple, orange, and cherry filling. And then a buttery coconut streusel is sprinkled on top and the bars are baked until they are golden and amazing.
Fluffernutter Bars – a childhood lunch favorite turned into dessert! The base is a peanut butter bar and then it is topped with marshmallow frosting and chopped peanuts. It has a little bit of the sweet and salty thing going on which is always delicious.
Avalanche Bars – a twist on the classic Rice Krispies Treats! These are no bake so they are great for kiddos that like to help in the kitche Rice Krispies cereal is coated with melted white chocolate and peanut butter and then marshmallows and chocolate chips get mixed in.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup melted butter divided
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows
- 12 ounce bag peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 9x9 inch pan with parchment or spray with baking spray.
Beat together the cake mix, egg, and 1/4 cup of butter. Press into the prepared pan and bake for about 10 - 12 minutes until set.
Meanwhile, over low heat, melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter, peanut butter chips, and light corn syrup. Stir frequently until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add peanuts and Rice Krispies and stir gently until everything is coated in the peanut butter mixture.
When the crust is done baking, top with marshmallows. Return to the oven for about 3 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Remove from oven and top with peanut mixture. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares and enjoy!