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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Peanut Butter Cereal Squares

You can actually make these with any nut butter but peanut butter seems to be popular.
If you were to eat 6 1/4 squares, you would have your daily protein intake, though you would way over do it on sugars, so *not* recomended to sit and gnash half of the batch, though they are yummy enough.

6-8C. Cereal ('Puffy' types like Kix, Puffed Kamut, Cheerios, Puffed Rice, etc. or flakes work well. -frosted flakes, while tasty, *will* add extra carbs and calories -  You may also use rolled oats or multi grains as 2C. or so of the cereal.)
2C. Nutbutter of your choice (See yesterday's post for a delicious almond butter recipe. If you use commercial, one 18oz. jar is perfect. Use the whole thing - no measuring needed.)
1C. Agave Syrup (You may use bee honey if you are not giving these treats to a child under one year of age but the A.S. has a lower glycemic index and gives it a very rich flavor.)

1) Place Cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2) Place Nutbutter and Agave Syrup in a saucepan over med. heat.
3) Wisk constantly until combination begins to boil.
4) Pour hot Nutbutter mixture over Cereal, scraping edges of saucepan.
5) Mix well until all Cereal is coated.
6) Dump the entire mixture into a 9x13 inch baking pan, which you may either line with waxed paper or lightly grease with butter or coconut oil, ahead of time.
7) Press into pan firmly. Rolling a rolling pin over it works well or simply press on it with buttered hands. (That is fun for the kids, if you happen to haave a couple handy.)
8) Chill in ice box for 2+ hours.
9) Cut into 16 equal parts. (1/2 and then 1/2, then do the same to each 1/4.)
10) Enjoy! (This step is very important and must not be skipped!)

*If you use 6C. of Cereal, you may also add up to 2C. of your choice of 'treats'. These could be chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, rasins, other dried fruit, *gasp* chocolate or other chips or gummy candies, chia seeds, hemp seeds, whatever you think of that would make your family smile! :)

** DO NOT skimp on step #10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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