IKAIKA ENERGY BARS – Easy & Fun to Whip up.

“Desserts by Melisa” offers up a tasty treat to keep you on the move—delicious, healthy energy bars

 Energy Bars

ENERGY BARS: These energy bars are easy and fun to whip up! They will give you the lift to stay fit and keep on the move, the ideal snack or dessert for folks who enjoy outdoor activities.


3 cups White Rice Krispies®

1 ½ cups chocolate Rice Krispies®

1 ¼ cups raisins

1 cups roasted peanuts

1 cup Cheerios

2 cups oats (mixture of big and small cut)

1 bag Mini Marshmallows (10 ounces)

1 ¼ cup butter

1 cup peanut butter (creamy style)

Combine butter, creamy peanut butter and marshmallows on medium heat. In a separate pot, combine other ingredients, heat on low. Combine both batches of ingredients, then press it in to a greased or parchment-lined 12-by-9-inch pan. Let it rest 10 minutes, then cut into squares.


“Ikaika” is the Hawaiian word for “strong,” and these easy-to-make energy bars will give you the energy to stay fit and keep on the go. They’re the perfect snack or dessert for a place like Hawaii, where folks enjoy outdoor activities all year-round. Ikaika Energy Bars are a convenient, no-bake snack that can be packed up in foil or Ziploc bags and kept as a quick between-meals snack or taken on a long hike. Keep an eye out for future “Desserts by Melisa,” created by Melisa Kitsuki-Shearer.

Snap, crackle and pop! Youngsters across America grew up with those words, forever associated with Rice Krispies cereal, the cereal that “talked.” Created by cereal giant Kellogg’s in 1927, the product went public in 1928, gaining its most widespread fame with television advertising dating back to the 1950s. Rice Krispies are made from crisped rice, which has thin, hollowed-out walls that account for the crunchiness and crispness. It’s when milk is poured over the cereal that these thin walls collapse, creating the famous “snap, crackle and pop.” Here’s an obscure fact: In 1963, an English band recorded a song for a Rice Krispies television commercial. You may not remember the song, but you have no doubt heard of the Rolling Stones. Check it out:


Photo by Darrell Ishii



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