Saturday, April 21, 2012

No Bake Sunbutter Energy squares.

Elizabeth Goldenberg at OneSpot Allergy posted this No Bake Energy Bites recipe on her blog.

No Bake Energy Bites (Nut-free version of Smashed Peas and Carrots recipe)
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup SunButter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or hemp seeds
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Working with wet hands, press into balls. These are so delicious, consider doubling the recipe. Enjoy!

When I made them, Alexa complained they made her mouth itchy.  I could not figure WHAT was causing this.  I later realized the Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed I used had a "same facility as tree nuts" warning on it (dummy!!).  I really wanted to make the kids some kind of granola bars.  Since I had not yet tracked down any safe Flaxseed, I made another granola type bar from a recipe I found on Pinterest. (at least I think that's were I found it).  It contained oats, Sunbutter, honey, oil, vanilla, and 1 cup total of whatever mix-ins you wanted.  I chose coconut flakes, raisins, craisins, and chocolate chips.  You have to melt the honey, Sunbutter and oil before adding your oats and mix-ins so when I added the chocolate chips, they melted and the bars came out like chocolate granola bars.  The kids LOVED them!  Yippee!  I finally had a way to get some fiber and fruit into the boy who eats nothing healthy!  So, anyhoo, I still wanted to try the no bake recipe from Elizabeth.  Today (even though I'm STILL out of flaxseed) I tried this combo:  

1 Cup Oats (Quaker old fashion)
1/2 Cup Sunbutter spread (I used creamy)
1/3 Cup Honey (from the farmers market-YUM!)
1 Cup Coconut Flakes 
1/2 Cup golden raisins
1/2 Cup No Nuts Dark Chocolate bits -not pictured (or use Enjoy Life Chocolate chips)
1 tsp vanilla

I mixed all the ingredients together using gloved hands to incorporate the Sunbutter and honey.  The raisins didn't want to stay in the mix so I microwaved the mix for 15 seconds.  I mixed again until it was all together and then spread it evenly into the bottom of a large plastic storage container lined with wax (or parchment) paper. (see photo)  I chilled it for 1 hour and cut them into squares.  YUM! They are a bit chewy from all the coconut but are delish for a quick bite. 

The kids haven't tried them yet-I'll let you know the final verdict.  I have GERB brand sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseeds from PeanutFreePlanet on the way- when they arrive I will experiment with all kinds of homemade granola bars and granola for the kids.  Who says living Peanut/Nut free is boring?? Not me!!! Hope you try these out and enjoy them!!