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. 

12
Servings
326
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
19g
27%
Sugar
20g
22%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
12mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
36g
28%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
8µg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
54mg
5%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
17µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
11mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
56mg
8%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
260mg
17%
Water
27g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.