Saturday, November 16, 2013

No bake peanut butter energy bites (4 ingredients, vegan, and no food processor required!)

It's all very well me raving about my new (second hand) large freezer, and baking muffins in bulk, but I know that many of you are in the position I was in a few months back: freezer space is at a premium. Plus, sometimes you (I) want a snack or treat without having to do much. If you're in Australia, you (I) may also want a snack or treat without having to turn on your oven.

These no bake peanut butter energy bites are the perfect solution.

I clearly wasn't in the mood for even cutting.


So simple that they hardly need a recipe, these bites are also amenable to modification. Have a different puffed cereal to hand? No problem - swap away. Want to make things more sophisticated? Almond butter and cranberries would be a festive twist. In a chocolate mood? Throw in some cocoa, or chocolate chips.

I don't think you can go wrong.


No bake peanut butter energy bites
Vegan and very, very easy!
Makes 8 - 12 squares, depending on how small you cut them (I cut 10, unevenly)


Ingredients
1 cup puffed rice
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup currants (small raisins)
3 tbsp black strap molasses

Method
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. 

Line a square or rectangular baking dish with non-stick baking paper. Transfer the peanut butter mixture into your dish and press down. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.

Store in the fridge.



I imagine these would keep well in the fridge, but I'll confess to not letting them last long enough to find out.

Submitted to 5 Ingredient Mondays and Healthy Vegan Friday #70.

What is your favourite quick and easy snack recipe?

18 comments:

  1. I think I will have mine with chocolate chips and some almond butter so I can share them with sylvia and perhaps a little less molasses (I usually use another sweetener with molasses as I find it a bit too bitter)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your version sounds lovely. I don't find molasses bitter, but do agree it has a strong taste - possibly an acquired one too!

      Delete
  2. Perfect cutting if you ask me. Some want a big bite and some don't. Take your choice. I like sweet bites that don't require me to turn on the oven.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like your interpretation of my cutting - I shall remember that next time I achieve a similar result (and there will be a next time!) ;)

      Delete
  3. I love no-bake recipes. I can't believe these are made using just four ingredients. They look very tasty xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think these ingredients just get on very well :-)

      Delete
  4. OOh!!!
    I want this with my morning coffee... instead of breakfast!
    YUM!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That would indeed be a good way to start the day!

      Delete
  5. Love these, Kari. Simple, no fuss and sound delicious. Glad to have caught up on your blog, I've been so behind with uni stuff. Ill make these for the boys this week! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lovely to hear from you Meg! I'm glad you like the look of these too :)

      Delete
  6. I don't think you can go wrong with these either - they sound delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  7. oh my gosh, these look incredible!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love these, so simple and I really like the taste blackstrap molasses. I will definitely have to make these soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Anna - I love blackstrap molasses too :)

      Delete

I genuinely appreciate all comments and the time taken to post them. Occasionally, I may need to restrict commenting to registered users in order to halt large volumes of spam. If that happens, I will lift the restriction within a week.

Want other ways to interact? Bite-sized thoughts is on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bitesizedthoughts) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/bitesizethought).