There are the recipes that you save on a little note card taped to the inside of your cabinet, the ones you have saved in a much frequented note on your phone, the recipes you constantly call your mum about to ask her for “one more time I promise I’ll write it down”, and then there’s the ones you know by heart. This recipe for peanut butter bars is one of those not only because it’s super simple (4 ingredients, one bowl, and the microwave, can it get better?) but because it’s all of the deliciousness that peanut butter and chocolate are together.
Now while we wouldn’t quite call these bars “healthy”, as far as desert bars go, this isn’t one that will leave you with sticky teeth and a sustaining guilt. Does that mean you’ll only eat one? Definitely not. But as you’re snacking away on “only one more”, you can rest easy knowing that serving these to your children is providing them with a filling treat that has protein (about four grams per bar) and is gluten free!
If you want to experiment with the recipe (or don’t have Rice Krispies in the pantry and just can’t wait to make these), different cereals work well too. We’ve used Cheerios, and even a mix of Bran Flakes and Rice Krispies and they never fail to be just as delicious.
Your little ones won’t be able to wait to get their hands on them, so you can forget about the silverware for this finger-friendly snack. But a Construct-A-Plate is the perfect serving platter, you can even use the ABC Alphabet Image Card Pack to make snacktime a learning opportunity for your little scholar.
Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
- 9 cups Rice Krispies (about one box)
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Scoop honey into a large, microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. The honey will boil up, so make sure you use a large bowl. Remove from microwave, and stir in peanut butter. When this mixture is melted together, fold in the Rice Krispies until they are covered. Press firmly into a 9″x14″ pan lined with parchment paper. For this, we use the base of the peanut butter jar to make sure the Krispie mixture is firmly squished together. Melt chocolate chips and spread evenly over the top. Stick in the freezer to harden up quickly and then cut into squares and enjoy!
Makes about 15 squares.