These are seriously better than candy! I found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and decided to finally get around to making them this afternoon for the kids....except, that something went wrong...I'm not quite sure what, since the ingredient list is so small and I followed the directions?? I was left starring at a bowl of very dry...peanut butter dust....aside from the obvious moisture issue, this recipe was lacking a certain...pizzaz! So, I improvised -- using this peanut butter dust to create something....well, magical....yes, magical! The 'bones' of the recipe were there, I just added a few things to bind the ingredients and send the flavor soaring!
CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER + MAPLE BITES
Makes Aprox. 25 Ping Pong Ball Sized Bites
1 1/2 cups Old Fashion Oats
1 1/2 cups Powdered Milk
1/2 cup Honey
1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
2 1/2 tsp Natural Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup Water
Measure out the oats and place in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add ground oats and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a spoon, or your hands, until well incorporated.
Next, form peanut butter mixture into balls -- I made mine roughly ping pong ball sized -- and place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Once all of the balls are formed, place cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 min or until firm. Enjoy!
I cannot stress enough how delightful these treats are!! The next time you are having a sweet craving, try these instead! Very filling, perfectly sweet and salty, a wonderfully chewy texture...overall, a perfect Fall snack! Great for kids' lunches too!
I've hit 'quilter's block' with my sparkle punch quilt, so it's time to start a new project! To get the creative juices flowing again :) I am planning on cutting into this lovely stack of fabric this weekend, although I am not sure what quilt design I will go for....
I also wanted to include a quick run down of this weeks' bento lunches -- with the first week of school under our belt, I think it's going to be a great year of fun and learning...and of lunch making! :) My plan, for now, is to have a main course lunch menu for each month -- sort of like we did in grade school....Here is our menu for August:
Mondays -- Tortilla Roll Ups
Tuesdays -- Mini Pizzas
Wednesday -- Breakfast
Thursday -- Quesadillas
Friday -- Fairy Bread Sandwich (this will be an every Friday treat!)
The idea is to use the days as a guide for making lunches but to vary the food within that category each week ie: Mondays are roll-ups, but I will make a different type of roll-up each Monday -- I am hoping that if I give myself a framework for ideas it will make things less complicated...
Next month I will change the daily food themes and so and and so forth :) That's the plan anyway!
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I forgot to snap a picture of the Quesadilla Bento, but I just did cheese quesadillas cut into flower shapes with a cookie cutter, strawberry yogurt, cubed mango and mild salsa for dipping. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!