Tell me if I am alone…every day, no fail, I hear the phrases “I’m hungry” and “I’m bored” come out of my kids mouths. Are you with me? These two proclamations seem to be the never ending problem of summer and as a mom I am always looking for creative solutions for a summertime snack or fun activity.
Enter the Jack Bars.
I found this recipe on the Whole-sisters blog and was excited by the fact that these bars were a fun, healthier, protein packed, and filling summertime snack to feed my kids AND it is simple and fun (Smashing food? My kids say Yes, please!) for the kids to help with.
Child hunger cure? Check! Cure for boredom? Check!
One of the fun things about this summertime snack is that you can customize it to fit what you like – from nuts to white chocolate chips, from raisins to mini m&m’s – try whatever sounds good or what you have in your pantry. Let me know what you try!
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Puffed Millet can be found at most whole food stores. I bought mine at Good Earth. Feel free to swap for rice krispies.
Final product coming together. I have sliced these granola bar size but have also done bite sized squares as well. Cut in the way that works best for you!
Jack Bars - from www.whole-sisters.com
- 2 cups (16 oz.) peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) honey
- 1 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cup (10 oz.) mini chocolate chips or mix in of your choice (like chocolate covered sunflower seeds, raisins, other flavored mini chips...whatever sounds fun to you!
- 4 cups millet puffs or rice krispies
- (Optional): chia and/or flax seed
- In a standing mixer combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla protein powder and water. Mix until ingredients are well well combined.
- Add oats and mix ins of your choice.
- Add millet puffs or rice krispies. Mix on slow speed to not break up millet puffs.
- Line a 12x17 jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
- Pour all mixed ingredients onto your cookie sheet. Using a flat spatula spread the bar mixture over the whole sheet.
- Take another 12x17 jelly roll pan and place on top of the pressed in mixture. Press firmly so the bars are evenly flat.
- Place in freezer for 1 hour or fridge for 4 hours.
- Cut bars into the sizes of your choice. If you cut 4 strips lengthwise and 8 strips on the width, this will give you 32 bars.
- Store in and airtight tupperware container in the refrigerator.
I like to mix the final mixture by hand so as not to break up the millet / krispies
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