A couple of weeks ago, my family and I met my parents for lunch. The restaurant we met them at just happened to be right next to a Whole Foods. Now, I am a total nerd, but I love to go browse through Whole Foods. I don’t have one close by (it’s at least a 45 minute drive), so I rarely go in there.
After convincing my husband and parents that it would be fun (they are good sports), we went in to look around. I ended up spending way more money than I wanted too (isn’t that the case with Whole Foods and Costco?), but I found some fun things.
One of them being puffed millet. As soon as I saw it, I knew I could make some yummy treats with it, so I bought a bag…and I’m sure glad I did. I got home and came up with this recipe that is so yummy, it takes me back to being a little kid (peanut butter rice krispie treats were a favorite of mine)!
These no-bake Puffed Millet Bars are perfect to serve to your kiddos as an after school snack. They are super-simple to throw together with only 5 ingredients (plus, did I mention they are no-bake?) and made with whole grains, natural peanut butter, and are naturally sweetened with brown rice syrup. Plus, you can enjoy the snack with them, and not feel guilty about it – perfect!
Since they come together so fast, they are always good for when you need something fast, like for homemade school lunches or a last minute treat. I haven’t tried them with puffed quinoa, but I really should, because my youngest daughter LOVES puffed quinoa and I bet they would work perfect with these.
I just try to forget we have the puffed quinoa cause she makes such a mess with it, so we hide it way back in the cupboard. I know. Not the best way to encourage healthy eating, but if you spill a box of that on the floor, you’re picking it up for days!
I understand that most grocery stores don’t carry puffed millet, and I hate creating recipes without easily accessible items…but this one is worth it. I have already made 4 batches of these treats (they are popular around here), and I still have half a bag left, so they last a long time. If you don’t have a Whole Foods or natural food store nearby, you can always order them online – gotta love Amazon :-). Your kids, spouse, and neighbors will thank you – if you end up sharing!
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These no bake puffed millet bars are a perfect after-school snack, that you can feel good about serving to your kids (and sneaking one for yourself).
- Melt together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup, and 1/4 cup coconut oil on stovetop over low heat
- Stir in the puffed millet
- Transfer to a greased 8×8 pan and press contents down firmly
- Melt chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp coconut oil together
- Spread over puffed millet mixture
- Allow to cool completely and then serve