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Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Hello Villagers. Lesser known fact about me, I have a weird deep love of rice krispie treats. It’s not such much the taste – and it’s definitely not related to any nutrients – but rather the texture. I love the feeling when you bite into them. I can’t really explain it, but I love it. So I decided to come up with a healthier version that would satisfy my love of the texture, while actually providing some nutritional value. Enter these fantastic peanut butter oat bars.



Swapping the rice cereal for an oat cereal and replacing the marshmallows with peanut butter greatly increases the nutritional value of these bars. Each bar contains approximately 6 grams of protein (that’s more than an egg!) and 3 grams of fiber. I usually serve them as snacks, but I never feel bad about throwing them on a plate with some fruit and yogurt for a healthy breakfast.


Begin by melting your peanut butter and honey in the microwave for about one minute. This makes it much easier to coat the cereal. Add in your cinnamon and stir until mixed. Full disclosure, this is a lot of cinnamon. So much so that the bars turn really dark and my daughter thought they were chocolate. I love the intense cinnamon flavor, but you can feel free to cut the amount in half if you don’t love it as much as I do.


Once everything is mixed together well, add the oat cereal and stir to coat. Press the contents into a greased (I use cooking spray) 13×9 baking dish. Use your hands or a greased spatula to flatten out the bars. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Cut into 12 squares and serve.



Any peanut butter oat bars that don’t get immediately devoured by hungry children can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If you have multiple layers, separate them with wax paper.

Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Oat Bars

These delicious peanut butter oat bars are delicious enough to serve as a snack and healthy enough to be breakfast! Your kids will gobble them up!
Prep Time10 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: breakfast, healthy snack
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Oat cereal (I used plain Cheerios)
  • 1 cup Peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Combine peanut butter and honey in a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.
  • Add cinnamon to melted mixture and stir until combined.
  • Add oat cereal to bowl with peanut butter and honey. Stir to completely coated.
  • Press contents into a greased 13×9 baking dish.
  • Cover a refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Cut into 12 squares and serve.
  • Any leftovers should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Wax paper should be used to separate layers. 

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Jessica Barnes, PhD, RDN, LD

Dr. Jessica Barnes received her PhD in nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Her research focused on food preference development and creating materials to help preschoolers become familiar with healthy foods. She has worked with families and communities as a clinical and community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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