Peanut Butter Energy Squares

 

Peanut Butter Energy Squares

EatingWell.com
These no-bake energy bars are a fun recipe to make with kids, and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. It’s the perfect quick snack to get over the afternoon slump!
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil spray

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with wax paper, leaving some extra to hang over the sides. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Chop pistachios.
  • In a large bowl, mix peanut butter and maple syrup. Stir in oats, raisins, pistachios and salt. Spread the mixture into prepared pan and press in firmly.
  • Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 squares.

Notes

Smart Shopping Tips
  • Read and compare the nutrition facts labels on peanut butter and select one with less sugar and salt.
  • Store brands of products are usually cheaper.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for about a week.
  • Any dried fruit can be used. Try dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries.
  • Try making with different nuts like peanuts or cashews.