Saturday, 13 June 2015

Peanut Butter Nutsmacks

My kids are always hungry.  It isn't because I don't feed them, it is because I think they actually have hollow legs.   When I was a kid and I was hungry for a snack,  my mom's answer to everything was apples or worse a glass of milk.  That is never what I wanted.  Now that I am a mother, I admit I have offered my kids the same thing on occasion and while they like those foods, no one can eat those all the time.  It also doesn't help that when you are hungry, regardless of age, we often want something starchy or sweet or both.  Finding something healthy, satisfying and enough to "kill the hunger" as my dad used to say is not an easy task unless you feel like setting out a snack banquet every day. I do not.  I have a fantastic cookbook that was given to me when I was young called "Kids in the Kitchen"  It was written in the 70's which makes it all the better. One night my son was flipping through it looking for things he could make and he came across this recipe.  The great thing about these is you can adjust them to your taste.  Replace the peanut butter with a different nut butter (maybe not from almonds since they are an environmental disaster right now), add different nuts, seeds, whatever you like.  These lovelies are filling, just sweet enough and packed with protein.  This recipe makes about 24 depending on how big you roll them.  They make a fantastic snack for both kids and adults and pack up for lunches and picnics wonderfully.  Now when your kids say they are hungry, make up a batch of these.  They keep in the fridge for at least a week, if they don't get gobbled up before then.

Peanut Butter Nutsmacks
Adapted from Kids in the Kitchen by Nellie Edge

1/2 cup cocoa powder (not hot chocolate mix)
3/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
1 cup sesame seeds (raw or roasted, doesn't matter)
1 cup sunflower seeds

Combine all ingredients in a big bowl.  Take small amounts at a time, rolling gently between the palms of your hands.  Place on a plate or in an airtight container and chill for at least 1 hour before eating.

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