Quick, Easy, Nutritious, and Kid-friendly Peanut Crunch Bar Recipe
Providing a nutritious snack when you’re really busy can be difficult, but these homemade bars mix up in minutes and makes plenty for breakfast or snack time. They are a delicious way to provide kids with the energy needed for busy days—and the right snack may also help them maintain a healthy weight.
“Choosing nutrient-rich snacks can be a great way to maintain energy between meals,” says Sherry Coleman Collins, registered dietitian.
One way to do this is to provide alternatives to sugar and nutrient-deficient snack and one alternative most kids love are peanuts. Preliminary research suggests that peanuts may help people feel full, which may help moderate appetite. Peanuts are a nutrient-rich superfood that contains the most protein of any nut at seven grams per serving, and have more antioxidants than broccoli or green tea. Additionally, peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E and an excellent source of niacin, an essential vitamin that converts food to energy, both of which are important for proper growth and development.
Quick and easy bars that can be healthier than their prepared versions if you choose organic and/or natural ingredients. Wrap separately and store in a dry location. Enjoy within 5-7 days of making them.
2 cups GoLean Cereal (or other high-fiber cereal)
4 oz. peanuts, dry roasted w/salt, all types
¼ cup cranberries, sweetened, dried
¼ cup blueberries, dried
⅓ cup honey, strained or extracted
¼ cup peanut butter, smooth
1 Tbl brown sugar, packed
2 Tbl peanut flour, defatted (optional)
Prepare an 8” square dish by lightly spraying with nonstick spray or lining with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix cereal with peanuts, cranberries and blueberries and set aside.
Stir together honey, peanut butter, brown sugar and peanut flour (if using) in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is combined and pourable.
All at once, add honey and peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients, stirring quickly to combine.
Pour this mixture into the prepared pan, pressing into the pan with a silicone or lightly oiled spatula, and let cool completely. Once set up, turn out on a cutting board and cut into 12 equal-sized bars.
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