peanut butter oat bites

YUM. These are a huge hit in my house. Even Kevin loves them. They are simple, require no baking (bonus!) and are made with all healthy ingredients. I saw the recipe in All You, but adapted it to suit my needs, like omitting the powdered sugar. The magazine said that each serving has 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Nice. I made them twice in the last week and they were gone in a flash.

What you need:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I add 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil, too)
  • 2/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (I use an extra 1/4 cup of honey instead)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal (I use brown puffed rice cereal – which isn’t quite as crispy as Rice Krispies and it still worked perfectly)
  • 1 cup quick oats (I use the non quick kind)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (I used craisins and they were great!)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts (I used almonds)

What you do:

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, honey and vanilla. Stir in Rice Krispies and oats and allow mixture to cool.
  • Stir in raisins and chocolate chips. Form mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in chopped peanuts, pressing to coat. Store in refrigerator.
The first time I tried these the mixture was a little bit too crumbly to press into balls, so I added a touch more peanut butter and then it was perfect. The second time I made them I just skipped that whole step and pressed them into a parchment paper lined baking pan and threw it in the fridge. Then I cut them into little squares and bars. Perfect – and even easier. (although Lucie really does LOVE helping me roll them into balls)


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