No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Staff Writer

Jerry Errico

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Because my kids are always asking for protein bars, I wanted to come up with a simpler, homemade, less processed version. I was so excited to come up with a delicious, easy-to-make, "mini-meal-replacement" bar. This one requires no baking, so it is a speedy staple for peanut-friendly houses or schools. These are great as an after-school or after-sports snack. 

Notes

* Click here to see the Sneaky Chef Orange Purée Recipe

Missy Chase Lapine is the author of The Sneaky Chef series of cookbooks. Connect with her at TheSneakyChef.com or Facebook or Twitter.

Ingredients

  • 1  Cup  Sneaky Chef Orange Purée*, or baby food carrot purée
  • 1/2  Cup  peanut butter
  • 2  Tablespoons  jam
  • 3/4  Cups  nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1  Cup  ground flaxseed
  • 2  Cups  crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4  Cup  sugar, ideally raw sugar

Directions

Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with foil, letting the foil extend over edges of pan. Spray with oil.


In a mixing bowl, combine the purée and peanut butter, then stir in the jam, milk powder, flax, and rice cereal. Pat into the prepared pan, and sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top. Freeze for at least 1 hour. Lift out foil and cut into approximately 12 rectangular bars, place in individual sealed plastic bags, or in a plastic container with waxed paper between layers, and keep frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
10µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
30mg
3%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
24µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
58mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
196mg
28%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
196mg
13%
Water
27g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Peanut Butter Shopping Tip

If you're looking for a smoother texture in your finished product, try using confectioners' sugar (also known as 10x sugar) instead of granulated sugar.

Peanut Butter Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.