‘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 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.
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
- Line and grease an 8 inch square dish.
- Mix together the puffed rice , seeds, dried fruits and nuts.
- Mix together the peanut butter and molasses. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once in between.
- Add the peanut butter mixture to the puffed rice mixture, and mix quickly using your hands ( be careful, it will be a little hot).
- Transfer the mixture to the lined and greased dish and press it down as firmly as you can.
- 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
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 .