Recipe by USA WEEKEND columnist Jean Carper
"Overindulging in empty calories is a holiday hazard. Here are ways to pack treats with nutrients, using delicious dried fruits, nuts, spices, whole-grain cereals and even chocolate. Fruits and nuts are rich in antioxidants; cinnamon suppresses blood sugar spikes; chocolate may help your heart and your mood."
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1 (10 ounce) package
Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
regular oats, uncooked
I'm giving 5 stars because these tasted great, but for some reason, my peanut butter chips wouldn't melt. They just got dry and soft, like they had been overcooked, but I checked it often in the microwave. Oh well. I added milk and put them in the freezer to harden. Will try again!
These were just ok for me. I must admit, I was a little surprised by the texture, as they do harden into quite a firm ball. I was expecting something a touch more chewy. These were ok, just nothing that I loved or can see myself making again. Plus, the "teaser" indicates this recipe includes chocolate, but it doesn't? It would be better w/some small touch of chocolate, for sure.
What a wonderful, healthy snack!! I melted the peanut butter chips in the microwave then added the remaining ingredients. Couldn't get much easier! I'm anxious to make them for my grandkids for a snack!
Very good and very easy! Will make again :)
These are wonderful! I love having a snack that is somewhat good for you. Thank you Jean for this recipe!
I know many folks hate it when a recipe is changed...but when you don't have all the ingredients on hand, you make due. I used low granola cereal with raisins in place of the peanuts, oats and raisins...I eyeballed it...but it was close to 1 3/4 c of cereal. I used a small cookie scoop and ended up with 31 'balls'. Even though I'm not at all a fan of peanut butter - these turned out to be good. Next time I'm going to try them with chocolate chips!
Rather than shaping them with your hands, since that can get very messy, try using a melon baller that has been sprayed with cooking spray. These are yummy and somewhat healthier than some recipes.
Quick and easy, and perfect to make with little ones.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Peanut Butter Clusters
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 28
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