Seven Layer Cereal Treats

I had quite a few baby sitters when I was a kid.  Some I liked better than others, understandably.

In the summer after third grade, I had one of my least favorite sitters.  I honestly don’t even remember her name.  She had mostly worked with boys and was just a bit rough for me.  After Mom and Dad’s then annual July vacation, Granny came to visit to stay with me while Mom tried to find another sitter.

But I have one awesome memory with this sitter.  A memory that brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

We had gone to the library to pick up some books and a few movies.  Then we headed back to her place where we popped a movie in and made Rice Krispies treats.  She had this giant pot, at least it seemed huge to me then.  The butter, or maybe it was margarine, melted with the marshmallows and then we poured the cereal into the pot.

There was no measuring, just pouring and stirring, her carefully watching as I did most of the fun work.

And then we did something crazy.  Something I can’t imagine doing again.  Something I loved.

We brought the pot to the sofa and ate straight from the pot as we watched the movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of great RKT memories and will eat them still anyway I can get them, but RKTs right from the pot are infinitely better than any other way.  That’s just an indisputable fact.  No argument opposing it.  They taste better.

Now I get a little jolt of that memory when I make a batch of cereal treats and take a taste from the bowl.  Maybe they aren’t quite as good as eating almost the whole batch that day, but they are pretty awesome.

To take things to the next level and just have some major fun, I made Seven Layer Cereal Treats.  These are not your mom’s cereal treats.  They are massive treats with complexity, balance, and layers, perfect for kids or the kid hiding in all of us.

Let’s go over the layers.  The base is Fruity Pebbles, because Fruity Pebbles.  Then we have crushed Reese’s Pieces.  If you want to keep these peanut free, try M&Ms or chopped up candy bars, Skittles might even be fun.  Classic rice cereal is next, topped with white chocolate, followed by Lucky Charms, salty potato chips, and finally another layer of Fruity Pebbles.  These also happen to be gluten free since I used all products marked gluten free, but be sure to check whatever you use!

It sounds like all these flavors might not work together, but they do, and the bar manages not to get too sweet.  Some bites the peanut butter hits you, others the potato chips, and nostalgia is served up in every single morsel.

Seven Layer Cereal Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 36 bars

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4-6 cups Fruity Pebbles, divided
2-3 cups puffed rice cereal
2-3 cups Lucky Charms
8 heaping cups marshmallows of your choice, I used jumbo vanilla hearts and jumbo vanilla classic
½ cup Reese’s Pieces, lightly crushed
½ cup white chocolate, broken into bite sized pieces
½ cup potato chips, lightly crushed

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place 2 heaping cups marshmallows and 1 tablespoon butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to combine and add Fruity Pebbles until a sticky mass forms, about 2 cups. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan using an oiled spoon or spatula. Top with Reese’s Pieces and press them firmly into the cereal.
  3. Place 2 more heaping cups marshmallows and another tablespoon of butter in the same bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and add the puffed rice, creating the same sticky mass. Spread it into the pan using the oiled spoon and top with white chocolate, pressing firmly down to form one treat.
  4. Place the next 2 heaping cups of marshmallows and tablespoon of butter in the bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute and stir in the Lucky Charms. Spread them in the pan and top with potato chips, pressing firmly down.
  5. Place the final 2 heaping cups of marshmallows and tablespoon of butter in the bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and add the last approximately 2 cups of Fruity Pebbles. Spread over the mixture. Top with an oiled piece of parchment paper and press down as hard as you can so the treat becomes cohesive. Allow to set at least two hours and up to overnight.
  6. Cut into small bars and serve. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.
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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

I could get used to Octobers like this. In fact, I can’t remember a September and October as beautiful as this year. The sun is shining, the temperatures are in the 70s, the flowers still look really good.

Some of the trees are starting to change into the stunning reds and oranges we all look forward to seeing. The vibrant colors seem to only greet us for a few days, but they are so worth it.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

I’ve got a mix of peaches and apples in my fruit bowls. The peaches are shockingly good still. I can’t eat enough of them. The Honeycrisps are juicy and crisp too. I’m afraid fruit is making up a large portion of my diet, but I’m okay with it.

Basically I’m celebrating summall or fammer … you know a combination of summer and fall. And I really like it. It’s my favorite season actually. Too bad according to the weathermen it’s about to come to an end.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Maybe we can work some summter or wimmer – summer and winter – into our worlds. That would really be something.

Even if in my house, I’m in denial and eating tomatoes and blueberries like it’s July, I know you’re ready for pumpkin spice and lots of it. Luckily, I’m here to help.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites are sooooo easy to make. They’re no bake, pretty healthy, and gluten free. Whether you grab them on your way out the door for a quick breakfast or as a pick me up in the afternoon, you definitely need these bites in your life.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

They definitely pack the pumpkin spice punch and I found them to be rather addictive, especially when chilled. They are pretty much a healthy piece of candy. You know I’m obsessed with candy, so healthy candy is high on my priority list.

Celebrate summall and make these Bites to enjoy the season!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 24 bites

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free oat flour

1 cup almond meal

2 tablespoons granulate sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ cup pumpkin spice chips

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for 1 minute. Stir and microwave and additional 30 – 60 seconds, until fully melted.

Add oat flour, almond meal, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir to combine fully.

Add pecans and chips. Stir until distributed. Chips may melt a little – that’s okay.

Grab about golf ball sized portions of dough and roll them into balls. Place on the prepared tray. Once all the dough has been used refrigerate 30 minutes to set.

Bites may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars #SundaySupper

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars

So I spent a year on match.com. It was interesting to say the least. And at the end of that year I am certain I am no closer to finding love than I was before I joined.

There are a lot of guys who seem great on match … unfortunately none of them responded to my emails or winks. Maybe it was because I don’t want children or because they didn’t see a connection forming with me, although I really don’t think a couple hundred guys could think that. Mom thinks a lot of them probably aren’t that in to it.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars

I tend to agree with her. Even when I started emailing and then texting with a guy, most stopped after a few days with no explanation. It’s frustrating to be in that situation.

I went on five dates with five different guys. Two dates were terrible, one was bad, and two were pretty good. Unfortunately even the two good dates didn’t result in second dates. There was no spark with one and the other guy found someone better.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars

Most of the guys who approached me on match were not guys I’d ever consider dating. EVER! They were creepy, ugly, too old, and more. I had to block a few guys and ignored a few hundred … hoping they’d go away.

Sometimes I get down about my experience, hoping that something more would have come of it. It’s hard to think it’s all them and not me. However, I don’t think I’d ever find my soulmate on match. I may try Ok Cupid on Joanne’s recommendation (plus it’s free), but really I’m focused on my career and trying to believe that there’s some kind of plan out there for me.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars

When I’m down about being ditched an hour before a date, I need a treat and these White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars definitely fit the bill. They are easy to make and don’t require any baking. Plus, they’re an easy grab and go snack or treat and last in the refrigerator for awhile. Because some weeks have more than one crappy guy. Oh, plus these are gluten free.

You have to be a serious peanut butter lover to like these, but I know there are plenty of us peanut butter obsessed people out there. So whether you’re single or married, dumped or in a relationship, make these bars.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 32 bars

Ingredients

2 12 ounce bags white chocolate chips

2 tablespoons vegetable oil or shortening

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup Mini Reese’s Pieces

Instructions

Line a 9 by 13 inch pan with parchment, leaving overhang for easy removal.

In a microwave safe bowl, place 1 and ¼ bags of the white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until fully melted. Pour into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Place the pan in the refrigerator.

In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, vanilla, and sugar until a thick, non-greasy mixture forms. It should not be crumbly. Add more sugar if it needs to be thicker and a little more peanut butter if it needs to be smoother.

Remove the pan from the refrigerator once the chocolate is set, about 10 minutes, and top with the peanut butter mixture, spreading it into an even layer.

Microwave the remaining chocolate with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Pour over the peanut butter mixture and smooth to cover it all. Top with Reese’s Pieces, pressing them into the chocolate.

Refrigerate until firm before cutting into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freeze, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

Recipe adapted from The Gold Lining Girl

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Old Fashioned Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Some people may say I’m old fashioned.

I always dress up. Even when I’m just going to the grocery store. In fact, other than my tennis shoes that are just for working out, I only own heels. I’m all about wearing skirts and doing my hair and makeup and looking presentable every time I leave the house.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Writing cards and thank you notes is one of my favorite things to do. And I’m not talking about emailed ones. I love having a pen in my hand and writing out an actual card that gets a stamp (and usually stickers) before being sent off in the mail box to the people who mean the most to me.

I take pictures with my actual camera. Yes, I love my camera phone. It is so useful when I’m out and about and don’t have my camera with me. But when I want awesome pictures before, during, or after an event, I use my camera. It’s not just for taking food photos.

And I love old fashioned foods. Pecan pie. Apple pie. Sugar cookies. Vanilla cake. Banana Pudding. I’ll take any of these things over cookie butter any day.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Speaking of old fashioned foods, I made Banana Pudding for today’s Old Fashioned Sunday Supper because Mom always talks about how her Aunt Rose made it when she was a kid. I’d never had banana pudding until I made this. How did I wait so long??? It is a delightful combination of homemade vanilla bean pudding, ripe bananas, and Nilla Wafers.

Together the flavors and textures blend together perfectly. Mom and Dad loved it – I think it brought them back to childhood. I really liked it, but I think I would have liked it better with homemade vanilla wafers – no surprise there. All in all though, it’s another old fashioned recipe I’m glad to have in my repertoire.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

¾ cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 cups milk (I used almond, use what you love)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch slices

Juice of 1 lemon

50-60 Nilla Wafers

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in egg and egg yolk. Whisk in milk until fully combined, about 30 seconds. Place the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to bubble and thickens considerably. Think about what consistency you would like pudding to be.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time, making sure each piece is incorporated before adding another. Whisk in the vanilla bean paste.

Pour the pudding into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic directly on the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

After the pudding has chilled, combine the sliced bananas and lemon juice in a bowl.

In a medium sized glass bowl, place a small portion of pudding. Cover with a layer of Wafers, followed by a layer of bananas, and a layer of pudding. Continue until you have used all the bananas, Wafers, and pudding. Be sure to end with a layer of pudding. Decorate the top with a few more Wafers. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Pudding may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown Additional chilling time is necessary

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

So it’s Valentine’s Day this week. Are you celebrating? It might be obvious that I am not. Don’t get me wrong, a small gift from my parents is always welcome (hint, hint), but it’s just another day, except everyone’s celebrating their love and I don’t have a love in my life.

Maybe I was crazy thinking Match.com would be the answer to my never ending search for love, but I kind of thought it might lead to something. I’ve heard so many people talk about how wonderful it is. How they’ve met their boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives . . . even just a friend.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

Me? I’ve been on three lame dates. I’ve sent well over a hundred different guys an email. And you know what? Most of them ignore me. And I really don’t know why. It’s making me feel like something is wrong with me.

Then there are the guys I talk to for awhile. Then they just stop. For no reason. Out of the blue. It makes me crazy. Men are incomprehensible.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

Oh, and lest I forget the guy who seemed kind of normal and nice. We chatted. He said he thought we’d be better as friends than boyfriend/girlfriend. This was fine with me. I can use a friend. After all of this you know what he did? He sexted me. At least I think it was a sext. I’m not exactly well versed in that field. Needless to say I’ll be ignoring that message.

There is one other guy. He seems nice, but he’s been stringing me along for a couple months. He has had a lot going on, but is it weird he hasn’t wanted to meet?

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

Maybe by next Valentine’s Day I’ll have some more love in my life. Or maybe I should face facts and get a cat.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

Then again, I could just make more of these pretzels because I am in love with them. They are so easy to make, and can easily be made gluten free with gluten free pretzels, but there’s something about their sweet and salty, crunchy goodness that keeps me going back for more every single day. They’d be a great gift for your Valentine, or perhaps an even better way to drown your single girl sorrows while watching a movie. You know which option I’ll be using 🙂

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Yield: About 24 pretzels

Ingredients

24 pretzel twists, more as needed

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided

Assorted sprinkles

Instructions

Melt white chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon oil in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted.

Melt peanut butter chips with the remaining teaspoon of oil in a separate microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted.

Dip pretzels in either white chocolate, peanut butter or both until fully coated. Shake off the excess coating. Set on a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired while still warm. Alternately drizzle with either white chocolate or peanut butter.

Allow pretzels to harden completely on parchment paper before storing in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature

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Carob Peanut Butter Cups #SundaySupper

Carob Peanut Butter Cups

While I love baking, if I had to choose one sweet treat specialty, it would most likely be homemade candy. I absolutely love making it. From sticky marshmallows to melt in your mouth fudge to irresistible candy bars, the varieties and possibilities are endless. There is a candy to fit every need and whim, every craving and desire.

Candies are also lighter than many other treats. Don’t get me wrong, if I give in to my desire to face plant into the whole pan of marshmallows, candy isn’t very light! But as long as I stick to portion control, a piece of candy is the perfect mid-day snack or ending to dinner when I don’t want a heavy piece of cake or pie. I mean we all have room for one tiny piece of fudge, right?

Carob Peanut Butter Cups

Most candy is also a fun no bake treat. While some require boiling hot syrup, a lot are really simple to make. Spending a whole day in the kitchen whipping up a layer cake can be loads of fun, but sometimes I don’t have the time to do that. In just a few minutes, I often whip up candy. Plus, I imagine many would be a lot of fun for kids to make.

Fitting with this Sunday Supper’s theme of Gifts from the Kitchen, candy is also the perfect present. When packaged up in pretty cellophane bags and ribbons, anyone would be happy to tear into some homemade candy. It also lasts longer than most treats. Nearly all of the candies I make have a shelf life of at least a week.

Carob Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Carob Peanut Butter Cups are just the treat to give your friends and family this holiday season. They are the perfect ending to any meal, are no bake, and are crazy fun to make. If you aren’t allergic to chocolate, feel free to use bittersweet, semisweet, or milk chocolate, or even a combination of them.

The snap of the carob is the perfect foil to the creamy peanut butter filling. These aren’t exactly the same as a Reese’s, but they come pretty close and will hit the spot when a candy craving strikes. In fact, you better make extra because you won’t be able to resist these peanut butter cups!

Carob Peanut Butter Cups

Carob Peanut Butter Cups

Carob Peanut Butter Cups #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 peanut butter cups

Ingredients

2 cups carob chips, divided

1 cup peanut butter chips, divided

1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural)

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Line a muffin tin with paper liners. In a small microwave safe bowl, place 1 cup carob chips and ½ cup peanut butter chips. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between to promote melting, until fully melted. Place dollops of the mixture in each paper liner, using all of the carob mixture. Spread out to cover the entire base of the paper liner. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

In a medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, brown sugar and confectioners’ sugar until fully combined.

Once the carob base has chilled, divide the peanut butter mixture equally among the muffin tins, covering the carob base completely.

In the same small microwave safe bowl as before, melt the remainder of the carob and peanut butter chips, microwaving on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between.

Cover the peanut butter layer completely with the melted carob mixture. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Peanut butter cups may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

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If you haven’t noticed I’m rather obsessed with the combination of peanut butter and jelly. I already have granola bars, cookies, bars, and puppy chow peanut butter and jelly recipes here on the blog. It’s a classic flavor combination that will never, ever go out of style. I forbid it!

The possibilities of new peanut butter and jelly recipes are endless. You are never going to see me stop posting peanut butter and jelly recipes here on the blog.

Luckily, Peanut Butter & Company is just as obsessed with peanut butter and jelly as me. With back to school season here, Peanut Butter & Company challenged some bloggers to create a new, unique peanut butter and jelly recipe.

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

I got thinking about the possibilities and settled on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but not just any peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Oh, no! This is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Rice Krispies treats instead of bread. That’s right! I said it. Rice Krispies treats instead of bread!

Brace yourself for the awesomeness of buttery, sticky, crunchy, marshmallowy Rice Krispies treats surrounding creamy peanut butter and flavorful strawberry jam. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors and textures paired, especially the pop of flavor from the jam. This treat is going to be your new favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Plus, Peanut Butter and Company has generously offered to give one lucky reader 1 jar of Smooth Operator peanut butter, 1 jar of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, 1 jar of Seriously Strawberry jam, and 1 jar of Awesome Apricot preserves. Now that I’ve tried their jam, I can’t decide if I like it or the peanut butter better! So flavorful – like eating fresh fruit.

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Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

1 10 ounce bag marshmallows (mini or jumbo)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

4 ½ - 5 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup Smooth Operator peanut butter

½ cup Seriously Strawberry jam

2 tablespoons peanut butter chips

Instructions

Generously butter an 8 inch square pan. Set aside.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until all of the marshmallows and butter are melted.

Add the Rice Krispies a few cups at a time and stir until fully coated. Continue adding Rice Krispies until the mixture is gooey, but there is not a lot of marshmallow in the bottom of the bowl. Pour half of this mixture into the prepared pan. Press it down into an even layer with buttered hands or spatula.

Spread the peanut butter in an even layer over the treats. Spread the jam into an even layer over the peanut butter. Carefully spread the remaining Rice Krispies mixture over the jam. Press down slightly using buttered hands. Sprinkle with the peanut butter chips and press into the treats.

Cool completely in pan before slicing and serving. Treats may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars #SundaySupper

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Every time I hear the words “back to school” a chill goes down my spine. I’m so thankful those dreaded days are over forever and ever for me. Even so, the commercials about school supplies, the talk on the news, the upcoming sightings of those big yellow school buses. It’s enough to make me want to cry. But then I remember, for me summer is endless and nonexistent all at the same time. If I want to take a day off in the middle of the week just to go shopping I can, but with a blog and big writing dreams, the work is never far away, especially in this age of social media and smartphones.

If you didn’t already guess or know from reading my blog, I didn’t exactly like school. This time of year was perhaps the worst of all. After roughly two and a half months off, going back to the classroom seemed nearly impossible. How could I give up freedom and fun for early mornings and “learning?”

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, the anxiety would creep in as teacher assignments and schedules would come in the mail. Books and uniforms needed to be ordered, supplies purchased. I put off as much as possible until the last minute. I didn’t care if all of my folders had to be neon green as long as it meant I didn’t have to go shopping until the day before school began. Mom did a lot to help me out and relieve the pressure as well, giving me as much of the summer as possible.

Luckily, I never had summer assignments. I feel so bad for the kids who are given reading lists and projects to do over the summer. At the end of one school year, I didn’t even know who the teachers would be the next, so they couldn’t give me assignments. Score! We only get summers for so long, we should get to enjoy them.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

On the first day back to school and many days during the school year, I’d find a note from Mom in my lunchbox or purse. It provided comfort to me, much like little treats like these Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars will provide a fun and comforting treat before, during, or after school.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

These easy to make, no-bake treats are healthy, yet definitely a sweet treat! Full of oats, natural sugar, protein packed peanut butter, flavorful dried blueberries, and Fruity Pebbles and peanut butter chips for a special surprise, these are sure to be a hit for kids everywhere and make going back to school a little easier!  There’s no actual jelly in them, but that classic flavor comes through thanks to the blueberries and Fruity Pebbles.  Plus, as long as you use gluten free oats, these are gluten free!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup honey

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

1 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 ½ cups Fruity Pebbles

½ cup dried blueberries

½ cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and honey. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave on high an additional minute. The mixture should be bubbling; if it is not, microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the vanilla.

Add oats and Pebbles and stir until fully coated. Add blueberries and peanut butter chips and stir until evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Refrigerate for about 2 hours to firm before cutting into bars.

Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up 6 months. Thaw at room temperature about 1 hour or in the microwave about 30 seconds.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!
Back to School Beginnings

Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers

>Chicken Schnitzle from Panning the Globe

 

Back to School Sips

Back to School Super Snacks

Back to School Sweets and Treats

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Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding #SundaySupper

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

I caved. I am the proud new owner of a Netflix subscription. I’ve debated the issue for awhile now with everyone talking about House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Finally one night when I didn’t have anything to watch and didn’t want to start a movie, I signed up for my free trial, knowing once that happened and I began watching the shows, I would be hooked forever.

It’s not as though I don’t have enough summer TV to watch. The days of repeats and boring specials are gone. My nights are filled with Rookie Blue, Suits, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Masterchef, Big Brother, Perception, and more. Sometimes I think I have more summer shows than fall ones! But those few moments of wanting something new and exciting to watch led me to figure out how to sign up for my Netflix trial, activate it on my TiVo, and put some shows in My List, all without leaving the comfort of my couch.

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

It seems Netflix doesn’t have much to offer in terms of movies, particularly new ones, meaning my OnDemand addiction isn’t likely to go anywhere, but that’s okay because within a few moments of having Orange is the New Black on my TV, and getting used to occasional pauses for “Retrieving” I was hooked. I finished season 1 and am now working my way through House of Cards season 1, trying to spread out the awesomeness. I also plan on working my way through Breaking Bad and Dexter. How did I miss out on Netflix this long?

In between all my Netflix viewing, I have definitely been enjoying the summer weather and summer foods. I love lighter, more refreshing foods that are often served cold in the summer, which is a good thing, as this week’s Sunday Supper is all about foods served chilled. While I still love a nice, hot bowl of oatmeal in the mornings, sometimes I crave something nice and cool. That’s why I’ve recently become obsessed with Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding.

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

It is so easy to make and best served straight from the refrigerator. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but the texture is rather comforting, quite creamy and smooth. The chia seeds don’t really stand out but are packing a stealthy nutritional punch. Vanilla bean paste is the secret ingredient that offers a pleasant scent and even better flavor. To further celebrate summer, I like topping it with fresh berries. If you’re looking for a light, healthy dessert, this would also fit the bill and keep you cool!  Regardless this is one tasty treat that also happens to be easy to make, healthy, gluten free, and vegan.  If I make this more, I’ll have plenty of time to watch Netflix!

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

2 cups milk (I used almond, use what you love)

¼ cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

In a medium bowl stir together milk, chia seeds, and vanilla bean paste until well combined. Refrigerate for about 12 hours, stirring once during the process. I prefer the flavor when I leave the pudding uncovered, but you may cover it with plastic wrap. Serve cold with fresh fruit.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Brisk Beverages

Chilled Starters

Snappy Salads and Sides

Refreshing Main Dishes

Cool Confections

 

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