With school starting later this month, I wanted to share a few favorite After School Snack Ideas that our girls enjoyed when they were young. Simple and easy to prepare, these snacks will satisfy kids of all ages–young and old. Our daughters always rode the …
Tag: Peanut Butter
Chocolate Peanut Butter Meringue Pie is so yummy and delicious. Creamy Chocolate pudding perfectly touched with peanut butter and topped with a fluffy meringue that melts in your mouth. It’s sure to please anyone who has ever craved such a pairing. (Recipe modified with new …
My daughters and I absolutely love these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. They are so easy to make and wonderful to snack on when you need a boost of energy in the afternoon or evening.
They’re filled with all kinds of natural goodness. Old-fashioned rolled oats. Three kinds of nuts. Wheat germ. Dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries or cherries). Chocolate. Sunflower seeds. And creamy peanut butter and honey to hold it all together.
Shopping List for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- old-fashioned rolled oats
- whole almond
- whole cashews
- pecan halves
- semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- wheat germ
- dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, or cherries)
- sunflower seeds
- ground cinnamon
- sea salt
- creamy peanut butter
Instructions for this Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large baking sheet, spread out old-fashioned rolled oats and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Please oats in large mixing bowl.
Line an 8 x 8″ baking pan with waxed paper.
In a food processor, grind almonds, cashews, and pecans for about 10-15 seconds, leaving some large chunks.
Add nuts to the bowl, along with chocolate chips, wheat germ, dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, or chopped cherries), sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix everything together until combined.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine peanut butter and honey. Stir this until it melts and turns smooth. You do not want this to come to a boil, so maybe 3-5 minutes.
Pour peanut sauce over oat mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Scoop mixture into prepared baking pan and press down, using a spatula to make it smooth and even. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 16 bars.
You may store these energy bars in plastic wrap or a container for 2 weeks–but they probably won’t last that long! This recipe will make 16 bars.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1/2 cup whole cashews
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup dried fruit cranberries, blueberries, cherries
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large baking sheet, spread out old-fashioned oats and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Please oats in large mixing bowl.
- Line an 8 x 8" baking pan with waxed paper.
- In a food processor, grind almonds, cashews, and pecans for about 10-15 seconds, leaving some large chunks. Add nuts to the bowl, along with chocolate chips, wheat germ, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine peanut butter and honey. Stir this until it melts and turns smooth, 3-5 minutes. Mixture will not come to a boil.
- Pour peanut butter sauce over oat mixture and mix well.
- Scoop mixture into prepared baking pan and press down, using a spatula to make it smooth and even. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 16 bars. Store individually in plastic wrap or container for 2 weeks--but they probably won't last that long! Makes 18 bars.
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I use Hoisin Sauce when I make Orange Chicken. But I don’t always have the product in my pantry. For those times, here’s my recipe for Homemade Hoisin Sauce. It works very well and is easy to make.
For those who might not know, Hoisin Sauce is a sweet-spicy condiment used in Asian dishes. But you could also use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or for my Egg Roll Recipe.
Most of the ingredients are basics that I keep in my pantry. Two of the less used items are rice vinegar and peanut oil. The rest are pretty common to most households.
Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Hoisin Sauce
- soy sauce (low sodium)
- creamy peanut butter
- rice vinegar
- peanut oil
- hot sauce
- freshly ground black pepper
- garlic powder
Instructions for Making This Recipe
Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
Place all ingredients in a blender dish. Blend for 30-40 seconds until thoroughly combined.
Use as directed in recipe. You may store unused sauce for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.
This recipe will make 1/2 cup.
Homemade Hoisin Sauce
- Place all ingredients in blender dish. Blend for 30-40 seconds until thoroughly combined. Use as directed in recipe. Makes 1/2 cup.