Easy peesy squares…

by Sunita on July 18, 2008

‘Rain, rain go away, come again another day’
The little children want to play…

But the rain refused to budge, and the children couldn’t play. Now, what was that? Well, it was the annual fun day at the kids’ school, which had to be cancelled due to soggy grounds. So, there were quite a few long and disappointed faces :-( …ah well, nature has it’s own way, doesn’t it ?

Now, I do love my snacks…recently, the urge has some what grown, and so has the waistline :-( But I still love to nibble :-P The following recipe grew out of such an urge. The best bit about it is how easy it is to put together…moreover the ingredients do give a slightly guiltless feeling.

The peanut buttter and puffed rice squares which follow…

include the remains of an assortment of seeds, dried fruits and nuts. Feel free to use your own favourite combination. These crunchy squares are an absolute delight…we all loved them. The kids had them as after school snacks as well and a couple found their way into Dinesh’s lunch box. They would also form a nice breafkast bar on the move.

What’s needed-


3 c of puffed rice/muri
1 C of seeds, chopped dried fruits and nuts( I used raisins, walnuts, almonds, cashews,cranberries, pistacchios; sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
1 and 1/4 C chunky peanut butter
5 tblsp of low fat blackstrap molasses

How to-

  1. Line and grease an 8 inch square dish.
  2. Mix together the puffed rice , seeds, dried fruits and nuts.
  3. Mix together the peanut butter and molasses. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once in between.
  4. Add the peanut butter mixture to the puffed rice mixture, and mix quickly using your hands ( be careful, it will be a little hot).
  5. Transfer the mixture to the lined and greased dish and press it down as firmly as you can.
  6. Cool completely ( placing the dish on a rack helps to speed up the cooling process), cut into squares/bars and enjoy.

update-I have made these bars by substituting the mollasses with equal amount of honey, and they came out equally well…the colour will be slightly lighter, but they taste good too.

There ! A delightful, crunchy snack, ready in minutes . As I have mentioned earlier, they can be had as a breakfast on the move…and if you have time to sit down, break a couple of bars in a bowl, pour some cold milk and enjoy ( did that today…superb!)

Enjoy and have a great weekend :-)

Update-
Dear Mansi wanted me to hand these easy and very tasty squares over to her event showcasing Healthy Cooking, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. Now, why did I not find it out earlier. Well, at least, she found me :-P .

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia Scarpin July 18, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have a couple of these right now, Sunita! YUM!

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2 Aparna Inguva July 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Been a lurker Sunita,
Lovely blog! These bars/squares look so healthy. Perfect energy bars for a trek or 2.
-A

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3 delhibelle July 18, 2008 at 12:48 pm

These look drop dead gorgeous and easy, Sunita.
What can i substitute molasses with, since I have none, and want to make this fast!

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4 sunita July 18, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Patricia,
Thanks…I couldn’t stop myself at a few :-P

Aparna,
Thanks…glad you dropped by and left your mark…and yes, these squares are really filling as well :-)

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5 sunita July 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm

delhibelle,
Thanks…regarding the molasses substitute,

For 1 cup, use

1 cup honey;
or
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar;
or
1 cup dark corn syrup;
or
1 cup pure maple syrup.

(http://www.cdkitchen.com/features/tip/230/Molasses-Subst

..hope this helps :-)

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6 Anonymous July 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Do you have any idea how creative/innovative you are? :) -

- Nikki

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7 Ann July 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Can I have some? :-)

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8 JZ @ Tasty treats July 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm

it looks delicious Sunita!! must be like the nestle crackle chocolate (in india) with rice crispies!! ;-)

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9 Sangeeth July 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

this looks very yummy! very creative idea….luved it

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10 Pooja July 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm

the picture looks so real that i tempted to grab it from screen :D .
thats really one easy recipe.

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11 notyet100 July 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

thy look so yummy…

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12 Srivalli July 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm

sunita..dont’ you have mercy on your fellow bloggers..this is not fair..bhooo..those look so delicious!!!..am sure your kids simply loved it!

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13 Aparna July 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm

It’s a good thing you can’t hear my tum.
Your pictures are making me hungry, at 11pm!
These are full of all the stuff I love.

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14 Divya Vikram July 18, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Your kids are too lucky Sunita..these look delectable..

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15 TBC July 18, 2008 at 8:59 pm

What a wonderful combination of ingredients! That is so creative, Sunita.

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16 Mansi Desai July 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm

these look absolutely delightful Sunita! I love how you’ve used so many nuts, and puffed rice! cool:)

I’d love to have you send these in for my healthy cooking event, as they are perfect for the theme!

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17 shriya July 18, 2008 at 11:32 pm

I don’t have words to say every time I cross each foodie blogs am stunned by the pics and yours is mind blowing, amazing pictures sunitha. Lovely recipe, it must have tasted really good.

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18 Suganya July 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm

You are a genius, Sunita. This is easy as easy can get.

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19 Kalva July 18, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Wow yummy.,. Sunitha.. love these squares.. Couldnt be any easier dear

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20 A_and_N July 19, 2008 at 3:31 am

How can you do this every single time?

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21 bee July 19, 2008 at 4:42 am

ok, i’m making this this weekend. i’m nuts about peanut butter, but don’t have any, so i’ll use almond butter instead, and maybe throw in some chocolate too.

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22 bee July 19, 2008 at 5:05 am

ok, i made it and am eating it. if… not if, WHEN i become fat, it’s all your fault.

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23 arundati July 19, 2008 at 5:06 am

this looks awesome!! i am bookmarking this!!

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24 Madhu July 19, 2008 at 7:18 am

Wow..You this blog is amazing..You are soo innovative..Im gonna try this now..

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25 VEGETABLE PLATTER July 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm

they look sooo lovely .. we make a similar version called PURI UNDE in karnataka .. pic looks very tempting

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26 Sig July 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm

This is pure torture Sunita…. How I wish I could grab one of those squares right now…. :)

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27 sunita July 20, 2008 at 10:00 am

nikki,
Thanks :-)

ann,
help yourself :-P

jz,
well sort of, without any chocolate :-)

sangeeth,
Thanks :-)

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28 sunita July 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

pooja,
Thank you…it is a very easy and yummy recipe indeed :-)

notyet100,
Thanks :-)

srivalli,
Thanks…go on and make some……and why kids, I have been munching them, way too many :-P

aparna,
Poor you!…I loved thm so much, didn’t rest till they had all disappeared…somewhat like ‘too much of a good thing’…my poor waistline :-(

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29 sunita July 20, 2008 at 10:09 am

divya,
Thanks…we all enjoyd them :-)

tbc,
Thanks…made completely with remains :-)

mansi,
Thanks…they ere a complete delight…i’d love to send them over for your event :-)

shriya,
Thanks …I think all bloggers have their own talent in some form or the other :-)

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30 sunita July 20, 2008 at 10:14 am

sug,
Thanks sweetie…without being a show off, I have been gorging on them way, way, too much :-)

kalva,
Thanks…yes, very easy indeed :-)

a&n,
:-) (blush)

bee,
Sweetie, glad that you're enjoying it…and don't worry, we'll both be fat together…I've had so many of them :-P

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31 sunita July 20, 2008 at 10:17 am

arundati,
Thanks…do give them a try :-)

madhu,
thanks…do give them a try :-)

vegetable platter,
Thanks :-)

sig,
If only you were near …

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32 Shreya July 20, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Lovely picture. Looks delicious:-)

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33 SMN July 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

That such creative thought Sunita that squares look so yum and crispy..

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34 sunita July 23, 2008 at 10:35 am

Shreya,
Thanks :-)

smn,
Thanks…they were crispy indeed :-)

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35 Clumbsy Cookie August 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

These are like an adult version of rice crispy treats!

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36 Sarah August 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm

WOW! I love the fact these don’t use marshmallow… they look delicious!

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37 Anonymous August 6, 2008 at 9:47 pm

They look exactly like a cross between Rice Krispie Treats and this Indian sweet made of pureed dates.

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38 sunshinemom August 25, 2008 at 10:30 am

Perfect! I would love to taste one, now! And it would such a tasy accompaniment when I go trekking:)

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39 Maya August 26, 2008 at 2:17 am

Sunita;

Those squares look wonderful!

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40 sweetie August 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm

hi sunita, these look awesome! does the rice get crunchy after it’s baked? what other variations have you done?

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41 Sunita August 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm

These are not baked. I keep changing the assortment of fruits, nuts and seeds in them.

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