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 Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate 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?) They are 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 – Puffed Millet – 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
You’re going to love these healthy peanut butter chocolate bars.