Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Peanut Butter Puffed Millet Squares

Woohoo, finally making a dent in my big puffed millet bag (about 11 cups total) with these no bake Peanut Butter Puffed Millet Squares! I wasn't too fond of their chewy texture after using them in my Chewy Pumpkin Pecan Granola Bar and intentionally forgot about them ever since.

I was reminded of them again when I was looking up no bake bar recipes and got intrigued that these chewy puffed millet can crisp up with a quick toast (inspiration)! I decided to go simple and went with a no bake recipe from All Recipes.

Peanut butter and honey are the main binder for these bars. I threw in chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds to add some crunch and interest. I love how they turn out, it's definitely a tasty and better-for-you snack to have on hand!

Peanut Butter Puffed Millet Squares
recipe adapted from all recipes
makes one 8x8" pan (about 16 squares)

3 1/2 cup puffed millet
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, toasted
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup (~90g) peanut butter, creamy no stir
1/3 cup (~108g) honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Line or grease an 8x8"pan.
2. Optional: toast puffed millet and sunflower seeds at 425F for 5-10mins, stirring occasionally to avoid over- browning.
3. Combine peanut butter, honey, and salt together in a large saucepan; bring to a boil.
4. Add vanilla extract. Remove from heat and stir in millet and dried nuts/fruit. 
5. Press mixture into prepared pan. 
6. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Taste: 4 stars out of 5
pb-y and mildy sweet (sub with brown rice syrup next to further reduce the sweetness!)
Texture: 4 stars out of 5
chewy, crisp and light!

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