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Peanut butter & cinnamon raisin no-bake snack bites

Hey there, how’s your Tuesday? My sinus infection is thankfully gone (thanks so much for all of your get-well wishes!) and while I’m feeling much better, my day was pretty darn boring thanks to countless hours of studying. However, it did get exciting once I got into the kitchen. I’m a firm believer in study breaks so I took one this afternoon in order to make quite a delicious treat:  peanut butter and cinnamon raisin no-bake snack bites. I realize it’s a mouthful, but I promise it’s a delicious one! Although I’ve seen a lot of “protein ball” and “energy bite” recipes circulating around Pinterest and the blog-world, these are a new-to-me treat. I have read countless versions that used ingredients like wheat germ, protein powder, flax seeds, chocolate chips and more. The combinations are truly endless.
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For this version, I included all of my favorites things like peanut butter, oats, cinnamon chips and raisins. I’m sure happy I did…there’s a treat in every bite! The dough is delectable but the finished, chilled product is even better. Best of all, there’s no baking required. Simple snack bites…sign me up!

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Raisin No-Bake Snack Bites
Adapted from Sweet Anna’s

Ingredients:
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup sweetened or unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup ground or slivered almonds (I used slivered but any ground-nut would do!)
1/2 cup cinnamon chips (or any type of chocolate-chip)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup creamy peanut or almond butter ( any type of nut-butter would be fine!)
1/4 cup honey
~4 tablespoons maple syrup (add more if needed)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Directions:
1) In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. I used a spatula to do this. You’ll just need to stir well!
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2) Once completely combined into a large ball, cover the dough in the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for about an hour, until completely chilled.
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3) Once chilled, roll the dough into small balls and place on parchment-paper or a wax-paper lined baking sheet.
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4) Chill them again in the fridge or freezer before serving.

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Not only are these easy-to make and super delicious,  they also make a great grab-and-go snack, which is something I’ve been in desperate need of since becoming a student again.  Ever since classes began in February, I’ve had a hard time figuring out a balanced eating schedule considering most of my classes and labs occur at very inconvenient times (always at a meal time!). I will most definitely be taking a few of these with me to class tomorrow…that is, if there are any left!  Hope you enjoy these as much as I did : –)

What’s your favorite grab-and-go snack?
Have you every made protein or energy bites? Please share!

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Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Last fall marked the moment I first tried apple butter. A trip to a local apple orchard sparked my interest in this healthy, sweet spread. The orchard had a shop full of pre-picked apples, cider donuts, and homemade jams and butters. I saw the apple butter and knew it was for me! I first tried it straight from the jar with apple slices, then moved on to spreading a layer over English muffins and toast. Delicious! Recently, I stumbled upon a cookie recipe that incorporated apple butter, and I immediately recreated it. Let’s just say I managed to eat the entire pan myself, in less than a week. The sign of a great recipe? I think yes.

To cut down on dishes ( pathetic, I know), I opted to make these into cookie bars. Not only are these healthier than your standard oatmeal raisin cookie (the recipe calls for just a ¼ cup of margarine, along with egg whites, whole oats, and dried fruit of your choice), but they’re also extremely moist, without any butter or grease. They’re moist because of the star ingredient…apple butter!

Try these…I promise they don’t disappoint!

Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) light butter
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or apple butter
2 egg whites or 1 egg
2 tablespoons skim milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups Quaker® Oats (I used old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup diced dried mixed fruit or raisins ( I used ½ cup raisins, ½ cup cinnamon chips)

Directions

1) Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray pan with cooking spray.
2) In large bowl, beat sugars and light butter with electric mixer until well blended. Add apple butter, egg whites, milk and vanilla; beat well.

first steps...

Apple Butter!

Mixing the goods!

 3) Add combined flour, baking soda, and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in oats and raisins ( and cinnamon chips if you‘re me!); mix well. (The dough will be moist!)

Flour and oats!

raisins and chips!

delicious dough

 4) Spoon dough into pan, and press lightly to flatten.

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bars!

 Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

Note: I have a tendency to undercook cookie bars, because once they cool, I think they’re a better consistency. Moist and partially doughy, just how I like them! Careful…you may not be able to stop at one!