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Breakfast Bars

February 27, 2012

Saturday we went to Fair Oaks Farm.  It was a girl scout outing for the family.  It’s one of the largest dairy farms in the country.  We were able to see a calf being born as well as tour the farm.  What a great way to spend a Saturday.  We also enjoyed some sweet swiss cheese.  I’d never heard of it before, but we enjoyed it so much that it didn’t last the weekend.

I think that we’ll be heading back there this summer.

I brought along a tasty treat of breakfast bars.   It was an hour and a half drive, and I’m always prepared.   I found the recipe in the current issue of Everyday Food.  I love that magazine.

This recipe is simple and lends itself to so many variations.  If you want it saltier, add 3/4 t of salt.  If you don’t want chocolate, add raisins.  Lower the peanut butter amount to 1/2 C and add some Nutella.  Use half the amount of rice krispies and add quick oats.  Don’t have cashews, just use your favorite nut.  These are a great alternative to those breakfast bars in the grocery store.  Cheaper too!

Breakfast Bars

  • 7 C Rice Krispy Cereal
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 10 oz Miniature Marshmallows
  • 3/4 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 C Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 C Salted Roasted Peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 C Salted Cashews, chopped

Prepare a nine-inch pan (or quarter sheet) with cooking spray and parchment paper.  In a large pot, melt the butter.  Add the marshmallows, peanut butter, and salt.  Stir until melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the cereal and nuts.  Let sit for a minute.  Sprinkle some of the chocolate chips onto the prepared cooking sheet.  Add the chocolate chips to the cereal mixture, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top.  Press the cereal mixture into the pan, sprinkle with reserved chocolate chips.  Let cool.  Cut into 12-16 bars.  Wrap in parchment paper or Saran.

These are a great on the go snack.  Perfect for in the car or a snack in someone’s lunch.

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Peanut Butter Squares

August 15, 2011

We’ve had a crazy few weeks around here.  Vader, our black pug, has been in a lot of pain.  Have you ever heard a dog screech?  It’s heart breaking.  The poor dog has been drugged, examined and drugged some more.  We even sent him to a chiropractor.   We carried him everywhere.  It turns out he had a bulging disk in his neck and he had surgery last week.  The vet actually fixed three disks total and he seems to be more himself.
To celebrate his homecoming I pulled out a recipe that I haven’t made in years.  My brother asked me for the recipe months ago and I talked about it with a girlfriend, so it’s been rattling around my brain for a while.  I just needed a good excuse to make it.
What better excuse than Vader?  This makes a large pan of a treat that is reminiscent of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  It’s really easy to make, but rich and not the healthiest of treats.
Don’t worry, I’m not sharing these squares with the dog, but  my husband wants to take Vader to get a hamburger once he’s feeling better.
The only problem I see with this treat is that I need to ration it.  My husband loves these and so does Meeshie, but then we are big fans of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I brought some to work and they were gone in seconds.
Peanut Butter Squares
  • 4 C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 C Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 C Butter, softened
  • 2 C Peanut Butter (I used super chunk because that’s what I buy)
  • 2 8oz Hershey Bars
 Combine the sugar, graham crackers, butter and peanut butter well and press in to a 9×13 pan.  Break up the Hershey bars on top of the peanut butter mixture and place in a warm oven (325 degrees) until melted, or place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave and spread on top of the peanut butter mixture.  Cut into one-inch squares and then let the chocolate set (it’s easier to cut this way).  I keep it in the fridge until it has set.
Makes about 60 squares.
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