So after my Whole 30 venture I have been a little more concerned about what goes in my body....but with that being said I'm not a super freak -- yet.  :o)  I still LOVE dessert and salty things, I'm just being a little more cautious about what is giong in, especially since I'm trying to become a runner (when does the switch actually flip and one owns it and says "I am a runner"?  I'm still waiting for that day).   So one day about a month ago I was searching for a better alternative to my typical type dessert, Texas Sheet Cake, when I ran across this Martha Stewart recipe and thought I would give it a whirl!  I adapted it just a tad and I am pleased to announce that it is a winner in my book!  Even the kids love these, but really, who wouldn't?

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup natural peanut butter, almond butter or sun butter  (I've tried it with all flavors and peanut is our family favorite, even though they are all good!)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries, cherries or other dried fruit you love  :o)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use dark)

In a small saucepan over medium, heat honey, nut butter of choice, and coconut oil. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in cereal, oats, and dried fruit.  Let sit for about 5-10 minutes and add chocolate chips.
I used a small melon baller to drop the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper the first time, then I made bars the second time and the third time I used mini muffin tins which is what Martha suggested in the first place.  I totally should have listened to her because that was the best way to do it. 

Once you pick which way you are going to drop them, pop them in the fridge for about 15 minutes to let them firm up a bit....actually, just leave them in the fridge and when you need a littel something just pop one in your mouth.
Round 1
Just dropping them with a melon baller.
I couldn't decide which picture I like better, so I'm showing you both of them.  :o)
Round 2
I made them into bars.
They are not stiff enough to make bars out of.
They fall apart when you cut them, but aren't they pretty?
Bars win for beauty.
Round 3
Winner, winner chicken dinner!
The little muffin tins were the best way to go!
Happy eating!
Michelle C
7/22/2013 09:39:34 pm

Tried these tonight and they are SOOOOOOO good despite the fact that I goofed a little. (Didn't quite read the part about letting it cool before adding the chocolate chips..lol). Going to try again though...great snack!! Thanks for sharing!

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Tracy
7/23/2013 12:15:13 am

I am going to make these this week! They look amazing!

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