There are some days when I just don’t feel like cooking. Even a foodie can have an off day. However, the family still expects to be fed regardless of my level of enthusiasm. They even expect dessert! On such days, when I don’t have ice cream in the freezer, I turn to no-bake desserts. They whip together in less than five minutes and satisfy every sweet tooth in the family (and there are a lot of teeth in 7 mouths!!)
homemade, much cheaper version was just too tempting not to try. I found it back in February on This Chick Cooks. She found a similar recipe on Enlightened Cooking. The two versions only really differed in their source of sweet. One used honey and brown sugar while the other used brown rice syrup. I chose to use agave nectar. I also switched out the rice cereal for Uncle Sam’s original which is wheat flakes and flax seeds. I used all natural peanut butter with no sugar, too. The results were delicious, though I think I will make more peanut butter mixture up next time. These did not hold their shape like I wanted them to.
- 1½ cups cereal (crispy rice or other small flaked cereal)
- 1 cup oatmeal (quick or rolled)
- ¼ cup chopped nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts)
- ⅓ cup chopped dried fruit or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flax, raisins, cherries, dates, blueberries, chia)
- ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- ⅓ cup agave nectar (or honey or maple syrup or coconut nectar)
- Boil sweetener in glass bowl in the microwave, stir in nut butter until smooth.
- Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and add sweetened nut butter.
- Stir until well coated and then press into a greased 8X8 pan.
- Let cool and then cut into bars.