Snacks don’t need to be complicated. One day last week my kids came home from school and were greeted by the snack you see pictured above. Both my son and daughter loved it! They were so excited by how “fancy” these PB Banana Bites were and I was so excited about how easy it was to prepare.
Simply spoon some peanut butter (approx 2 Tbs. per large banana) into a piping bag and pipe away. I find that this is a less messy and much less time consuming way to make this snack than my old method…spooning PB onto each piece of banana.
My kids also love to eat this snack with almond and cashew butter. A super special decadent treat for them is to make this snack with Justin’s line of chocolate nut butters…yum! I love to use their Chocolate Hazelnut Butter as a vegan Nutella substitute.
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These bars are favorites in our house for the occasional treat…my nephew ate three of them the last time I made them and was going for a fourth when I had to rain on his parade and say “NO MORE” (while inside I was secretly jumping for joy that they were such a hit!). Since they are sweetened with brown rice syrup, they are technically healthier than other bars, but please remember that they are still treats.
cinnamon to taste (optional…I left it out this time)
Lightly grease a bread pan or casserole. You can really use any pan you’d like. If you like to have thicker bars, use a smaller pan. I chose to use a large casserole so I would have thinner bars.
Grease the Dish
Pour the puffed cereal into a large mixing bowl.
In a saucepan combine the rice syrup, nut butter, coconut oil, and cinnamon (if using). Whisk the ingredients together on low-medium heat until everything melts together to form a sauce. You do not need to bring the sauce to a boil, simply warm it.
Coconut Oil, Nut Butter, & Brown Rice Syrup
Pour the sauce over the puffed cereal and stir to combine.
Pour Sauce into Puffed Cereal
Mix to Combine
Once evenly combined, add the shredded coconut and combine well.
Add Coconut & Mix
Next, add the nuts and do the same.
Add Nuts & Mix
Finally, add the carob chips and combine well (the mixture should be cooled enough by this point to prevent the carob chips from melting).
Add Carob Chips & Mix
Pour the mixture into the greased casserole and press firmly to pack it in evenly throughout the casserole.
Pour into Casserole
Press Firmly & Evenly
Place the casserole into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm-up.
Refrigerate to Firm
Once firm, cut into bars. I often make a large batch and wrap each bar separately for storage in the freezer.
"The diet that helps to reduce weight in the short run needs to be the same diet that creates and maintains health in the long run."
~T. Colin Campbell
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