Peanut butter doesn't last long in our house. So this week when I tried two new snack recipes that featured peanut butter, and they weren't around for long either. Each recipe was simple and quick, as well as being fairly healthy. These make a great snack or a little sweet treat. And the bonus at our house is when they are both kid-approved and adult-approved.
Peanut Butter Granola (from Peanut Butter Fingers blog)
Makes four 1/4 C. servings
2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. oats
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir until smooth then stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread oats out evenly onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy. Store in airtight container.
Peanut Butter Puffs (featured in Parenting magazine-June 2011 from Lisa Atwood's Cookbook for Kids)
Makes approximately 20 1.5-inch balls
1/4 C. honey (or agave nectar)
2 Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 C. creamy peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 3/4 C. puffed rice cereal
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey and brown sugar. Heat, stirring, until the mixture begins to boil and brown sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 min. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add rice cereal and stir until evenly coated. Set the mixture aside to cool enough to handle, about 5 min. Scoop up a rounded Tbsp. of the mixture and use damp hands to form into 1.5 inch balls. Place on greased, rimmed baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator until set, 5 to 10 min. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.