This week I should be baking pies. Pies, pies and more pies! (In preparation for next week’s Junkyard Tales Pie Festival! Don’t miss it — it’s a good one!)
But you know what? It’s too hot. I can’t bear to turn on the oven and bake. So I made something that I didn’t have to bake at all.
Crispy Nut Butter Bars.
I really should call this dish “Easy Peasy”. Because it is. It’s my favorite snack bar treat — because it’s simple and fast.
And I dare say it’s my kids’ favorite too! Just let them taste-test with one of the boxed brands! (And I know, once Martin and Sylvia have a try, they’ll love it too.)
Are you ready?
Crispy Nut Butter Bars
3 cups puffed or crisp rice cereal ½ cup smooth nut butter ¼ cup brown rice syrup ¼ cup honey ¼ cup chocolate chips
Combine the nut butter, rice syrup and honey in a pot, and heat until it’s very smooth and liquid-y. (It heats fast! Stir and stir to keep from burning.)
Turn off the heat. Add the puffed rice cereal, and mix to combine, until well-mixed. Then toss in the chocolate chips, and mix again, until they are melted throughout.
Press the mixture into an oiled (or buttered) baking dish and refrigerate until cold and firm. Cut into squares, and serve, or store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Variations: add chopped nuts and/or seeds for more protein.
Easy yummy snack for hot days! Enjoy!
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Lisabeth Sewell has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO.