When the kids get home from school they are famished. It doesn’t matter how much stuff I cram into that lunch box, they’re still hungry when they get home.
So, when I saw a recipe for quick and easy no bake oatmeal peanut butter bites on a blog I read regularly, I was all in.
The recipe includes flax seed which I have in my stockpile. That box has been sitting there on the shelf mocking me for weeks….
So, you bought me. Now what are you going to do with me? You have no idea lady. I’m flax seed. Are you intimidated by me or what? Yeah, I see you grabbing that white flour. So much for your healthy intentions. Slacker.
It was time to show that flax seed box that I meant business.
The flax seed and oatmeal were the two things that grabbed my attention in this recipe, but the no bake part sealed the deal.
It’s been very busy around here with the back to school thing and all, so the less time it takes to make a recipe, all the better.
It took all of five minutes to whip this up. Some peanut butter and honey zapped in the microwave, and then a quick folding in of the dry ingredients.
The original recipe has you rolling the mixture into balls and then coating them with nuts, but I didn’t have the time for all of that prettiness. I had hungry kids to feed and they weren’t waiting for any ball rolling.
A quick press into a pan, and then a pop into the freezer. Five minutes later I was slicing and serving.
As Aidan munched on his second bar, he asked what was in it. I rattled off the ingredients and ended with the flax seed.
“I don’t like flax seed” he said. “You do today” I retorted.
With that he shrugged his shoulders. I win.
The following recipe is inspired by the How Sweet It Is recipe, but greatly modified. I added my own ingredients, and took out some, but do pop over and check out the original. It’s pretty beautiful!
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Snack Bars
adapted from How Sweet It Is
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup flax seed
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix the oats, flax seed, coconut and salt in a mixing bowl. Heat peanut butter and honey just until warm and liquidy. Pour this on top of oat mixture. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Mix until the chips are incorporated. Press into a pan and chill until it holds its shape. About five minutes in the freezer. Slice and serve.
The beautiful thing about this recipe, besides the sneaky nutrition, is that you can toss in whatever you have in your pantry. Craisins, nuts, and other dried fruits, dump it in!
Oh, and for you couponers out there, have you been looking at those jars of Planter’s Nutrition peanut butter on your shelves wondering what the heck you are going to do with them all? Yeah, this recipe is perfect for that!
How about you? Do you make homemade bars like this? What are your favorite ad-ins?