Friday, August 20, 2010

Peanut Butter Crispies





I am so thrilled about this post for several reasons.

  1. It's a super simple, very yummy recipe... everyone can do this.
  2. It's a healthy snack...... that's the name of the game here.
  3. You can make a big batch of these for penny's on the dollar from what you'd pay for store bought granola or protein bars.
  4. Last, but not least, I had so much fun photographing and playing with the pic's from this shoot.


I wanted to thank my friend  Lauren  at Foodie House  for sharing her honest feelings about food photography sharing sites. It's easy to get caught up in all of the publicity and glamour ( yes food can be glamorous) of it all. It seems that many of us, I can only speak for myself, start blogging for purely personal reasons and yet in the excitement of it all, change our personal style for the want of publicity. I've been having fun journaling some of my favorite recipes so that someday I might make a simple cookbook for myself and my kids. Also, it is a fun, creative outlet for me. I love cooking and blogging has been a nice getaway of sorts from everyday chaos.

These peanut butter crispies are a favorite in our house. I've adapted them from a basic recipe that I have here, and make them with what ingredients I have on hand. With 3 very active boys in our home who have seemingly bottomless pits for stomachs these snacks are a true life saver! Served with a glass of cold milk, they are a great after school snack. My teenager downs an apple or two along with several of these little PB balls.




Check out the list of healthy ingredients going on here! You could grab a couple of these for a
quick on-the-run breakfast and feel good about it. There's protein, whole grains and bits of fruit, what more could you ask for in a snack?


I just add the cereals and fruit then pour in some peanut butter to get the consistency I like.  Honey gives it just a touch of Natural sweetness and keeps them from falling apart. I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook and a firm spatula for scraping the sides in. You could start mixing these with a big heavy spoon but you'll probably need to get down and dirty and use your hands towards the end.











TIME 20 MINUTES ACTIVE 2 HOURS REFRIGERATING
MAKES ABOUT 40 BALLS


You will need:

2 - 2 1/2 cups All Natural peanut butter
1 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal
2 cups *Puffed Millet
1 cup craisins, raisins or other bits of dried fruit
1/2 - 1 cup Honey (eye it, it's easier than messing with a measuring cup)
1/2 cup Wheat Germ (optional, I didn't have it this time, but it's in my original recipe)


Mix all ingredients together. Shape into bite size balls with your hands, adding a spoonful of PB if they become to crumbly.
Place on wax paper lined cookie sheets and cool in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Keep stored in an airtight container in fridge. These will be perfectly fine to send to school, they will keep their shape.





*Millet is a super healthy whole grain used for centuries in Egypt, China, Africa, India and all across Europe.
Millet is highly nutritious, non-glutinous and like buckwheat and quinoa, is not an acid forming food so is soothing and easy to digest. In fact, it is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available.
Millet is tasty, with a mildly sweet, nut-like flavor and contains a myriad of beneficial nutrients. It is nearly 15% protein, contains high amounts of fiber, B-complex vitamins including niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin, the essential amino acid methionine, lecithin, and some vitamin E. It is particularly high in the minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.






Other healthy snacks you'll love:


Banana Chocolate Crisp Granola Bars

Carrot Date Energy Ballz

Old Fashion Fig Bars

Home Made Gold Fish Crackers

Tropical Nut and Seed Bars

All Natural Oat Cookies

Coconut Almond Oat Crunchies

Granola Quinoa Fruit Bars

Ginger-Roo's with home made crystalized ginger







14 comments:

  1. Would these be considered raw foods? My husband's best friend is coming to visit and he is trying to eat mostly raw. Either way, these look delicious. I think I'm going to try and make some tonight!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hmm, it depends I guess on how technical you want to get. The puffed millet was probably exposed to high heat in order for it to puff, so that's not Raw. Millet is super good for you tho. The rest of the ingredients would be Raw. Hope you like them, let me know!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Just discovered your blog - it's great and I'll be your newest follower in just a sec!

    These are great - my daughter is in a peanut free class this year but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them at home!

    ReplyDelete
  4. These look so good to me and my kids would love them. I made something similar, in bar form, a few months ago, with puffed millet as the main grain in it, and some flax seed. Yummy!
    Love the star-shaped plate!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Jessica, thanks, I have fun reading your blog too, hope to hear from you more!
    Carolyn, thanks! I usually throw some flax in too. These are kindof a hodgepoge of what-I-have-on-hand ingredients. Last time I only had cooked millet so they turned out more like chewy bars.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I just made these and they are scrumptious!! My 3 year old kept eating the balls as I sat them down on the wax paper. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh yay! It's fun to hear good feedback! thx!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This looks yummy. My son loves PB I am going to put this one on my to do recipe list, thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  9. We loved the puffed milled and puffed kamut! These look great and will fit into our family perfectly :) I love it when healthy is made yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This sounds like a fabulous healthy snack, I have never tried millet, but ti sound very nutritious, thanks for the recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love that puffed millet!

    ReplyDelete
  12. This looks yummy. My son loves PB I am going to put this one on my to do recipe list, thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  13. These look wonderful. And I just LOVE the effect on that kitchen aid photo. So cool.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks Rivki ;) I have fun playing w my photos. These are one of our fav snacks and so easy. Hope you try them out.

    ReplyDelete

If you really like a post please share, like on FB, Google +, Stumble and give it a THUMBS UP or Pin It on Pinterest!

I appreciate all positive and helpful comments! Thanks for stopping by.