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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ok, so the first batch that I made of these I thought These are kind of strange. I’m not sure that the kids will eat them. So, I’ll just stick them in the freezer for later.

A week passed and there was only one of these bars left! That’s when I realized they were much better straight from the freezer and that I was the one who been chowing down on them.

So at that point I decided to let the kids and hubby try the last one and they “LOVED IT!” to quote the 5-year old.

I have found many versions of this cookie, check the bottom for one with chocolate in it. So even though these are full of protein and fiber, they are a treat that you’ll be glad to share with your kids. Well, I don’t know about the sharing part, but you’ll feel good about eating them.

Shopping List:

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups quick-cook oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a small saucepan on medium heat melt honey and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

3. In a medium bowl combine oats, cinnamon and peanut butter mixture until oats are moist.

4. Press dough into prepared pan and then place wax paper on top to even out the top.

5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Lay them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze them for another 30 minutes. Once frozen on the tray, transfer them  to a freezer safe zippered bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. I prefer the firmness of these treats frozen, but for a softer texture leave them in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Check here for chocolate Variations from the Food Network and Brown Eyed Baker.

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

With the summer fast approaching I am thrilled to pull out some of my old favorite salad recipes and start to share them on this blog. Most of these I have had in my repertoire for more than ten years. I tend to bring them to barbeques or make a batch for myself to have as lunch for a few days.

This recipe in particular I remember making a similar version my first year of college. With that being said, I have since added more unique (read: expensive to a college student) ingredients. It’s really a rather cheap meal if you leave out some of these, and I think it’s pretty kid friendly too.

Shopping List:

1 box Whole Grain angel hair pasta

1 cup shredded cabbage (about ½ a small package)

1 cup chopped pea pods

½ a bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 red pepper diced

2 green onions chopped

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (for garnishing)

1/8 teaspoon salt (to your taste)

Dressing: 3 tablespoons dark sesame oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce (light)

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablespoon peanut butter

cayenne pepper ( start with a pinch and add to your liking)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

1. Start by cooking the pasta, this takes about 8-9 minutes, but really just follow the directions on the box. When it is done drain it, and rinse it in cool water for 1 minute.

2. Set the pasta aside to let it cool before adding it to the dressing otherwise all of the dressing will soak into the pasta and the dish will become dry.

3. In a small microwave-safe dish melt the peanut butter for about 15 -30 seconds, until it is the consistency of honey.

4. In a large serving bowl stir together all of the dressing ingredients. 

5. Once the pasta is cooled toss it in the dressing and add all of the other ingredients. At this point check for salt and add a couple of pinches to your taste. Also, sprinkle the sesame seeds on top before serving.

Peanut Butter Turtles

Very Dangerous Peanut Butter Turtles

Totally crave worthy, diet breaking, decadent candy-like treats that will make you a hero for day. Ok. So maybe that was a little dramatic. These are really just a sweet treat, but they are so darn good that I bet you will feel like a glorified version of yourself after you bring these to a party or serve them to your family. They are definitely a treat, not an everyday dessert. But the sad part is that these are horribly easy to make, so there’s a chance that once you make them you will be sucked into a cycle that will cause your waistline to expand.

 This is my version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Enjoy in moderation 🙂

Shopping List:

1 cup peanut butter

1 stick of butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup rice krispies or crushed pretzels or crushed graham crackers

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, preferably the bars you can buy in the baking aisle

Instructions:

1. Melt the peanut butter and butter in the microwave for 1 minute on high.

2. Add powdered sugar and stir together until evenly distributed.

3. Stir in crushed pretzels.

4. Use a  teaspoon to drop the mixture into small mounds on a parchment lined  cookie sheet.

5. Place in the refrigerator to firm up, about 20 minutes.

6. About 15 minutes after you put the candy in the fridge start to melt the chocolate in the microwave according the directions. This only takes a couple of minutes. Make sure to follow the directions carefully, so it doesn’t burn. Once melted add a tablespoon of butter to thin it out to make it pourable.

7. Spoon the melted chocolate over the peanut butter mounds, trying to cover as much of the turtle as possible. Pop these in the fridge for 15 minutes to let the chocolate harden.

* Make sure to store these in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bars crumbled over vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. Yum!

My kids adore granola bars. And not just the ones dipped in chocolate. So when Food Network Magazine included a recipe for granola bars in their 50 Snacks booklet a while back, I thought I’d give it a shot and twist the recipe to suit my family’s tastes. And what do you know–they were a big success, I even passed out the extras to the kids’ preschool teachers and they devoured them too. If you like a salty and sweet combo, check out the Cranberry Peanut Granola Bars too.

Shopping List:

2 cups quick cooking oats
 
1 cup Rice Krispies 
 
1/2 cup chopped peanuts

1/3 cup Karo syrup

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon mini-chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Let the paper hang over the edge of the pan so you can take it out easily.

2. Pour 1/3 cup each Karo syrup, brown sugar, and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl.  

3. Melt the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute.

4.  Once melted, stir it all together and add the vanilla, peanuts, oats, Rice Krispies and 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips.

5. Spread this thick mixture in a 9×9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper.

6. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the granola bars.

7. Bake at 300 * for 30 minutes.

6. Take the pan out of the oven, and pull the bars out as one big square using the parchment. Let them cool 30 minutes on a cooling rack before cutting.

Makes 18 snack bars. You could also crush this up for cereal or as an ice cream, yogurt or fresh fruit topping. Yum!