Childhood Peanut Butter Squares, Redone
If you happened to catch my radio interview with Naturally Savvy earlier this month, you may remember me describing my favorite treat for MANY years. The one that I figured was pretty healthy for me, despite the fact that it was made up of Frosted Flakes, corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter. What? The peanut butter didn't count there? Today I was skimming through a cookbook I sold when I was in the fifth grade. It was a compilation of recipes put together by all the moms. There it was. The recipe.
OMG, on the days the cafeteria at my little Catholic school had these sticky desserts, we all salivated in line. I swear. For good reason. They melted in your mouth. Pure heaven.
And pure sugar. While the years of gorging on these were not solely responsible for my health issues, they clearly impacted them.
But happy days are here again! Today I came up with an alternative. Still sugar in the honey and corn flake form, so gorging not recommended, but definitely great to make when you know you've got company coming who will help you eat them up!
1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup local honey 1 cup crushed organic non-GMO corn flakes or crispy rice cereal 1/4 cup ground almonds
Warm peanut butter and honey in pot over stove to low boil. Boil for a few minutes to allow honey to caramelize a bit. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and nuts. Transfer to an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Set in freezer for about 30 minutes. Cut into small squares and serve.