Monday, March 11, 2013

Peanut Butter Millet Puff Squares


It's Monday and I know its going to be a long and busy week ahead! I hope you all had a great weekend though. As much as I hate Monday’s I'm looking forward to the 3 hour long finale of The Bachelor tonight.  I am all sorts of addicted to that show so that's how I’m spending my evening haha! I will also have these PB Millet Squares in hand because they are pretty much my new favourite snack!

I found this recipe over at The Creamline and thought it looked really good. I also like that it is similar to rice krispie squares but much healthier.  I still have a strong love for a good ol rice krispie square but all of that marshmallow and butter really isn't the greatest for you.  The process in making the squares is very similar to making rice krispie squares so its fairly easy and a fail-proof recipe.  Instead of rice krispies I used millet puffs that I found at Bulk Barn, but most health food stores should carry them.  For those of you that aren't familiar with millet, it is a tiny grain that is mainly used in bird seed! Don’t let that scare you though, millet pretty much has a mild sweet and nutty flavor and it absorbs whatever flavour you add to it quite well.  It can be used in cookies, pilafs, salads, etc   Millet is highly nutritious, non-glutinous and like buckwheat and quinoa, is not an acid forming food so is soothing and easy to digest.

These squares took me about 10 minutes to prepare and then I let them firm up in the fridge for about an hour.  You can also put them in the freezer for a shorter period of time.  The squares tasted great and were very peanut buttery in flavor.  I am really glad I added the chocolate on top as it literally is the topper!  The squares are not crispy like a rice krispie but rather chewy and light thanks to the millet puffs.  I must warn you that these are very addictive and now I have my whole family asking me to make another batch! 

OH and the winner for the Torie and Howard Organic Candy giveaway is: Stephanie L ! Congrats :)

Peanut Butter Millet Puff Squares

Ingredients:
Chewy Peanut-Butter-Millet Bars
3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter, well stirred
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup light agave nectar or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups puffed millet cereal
2/3 cup high-quality semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. In a pot large enough to hold the puffed millet, heat the peanut butter, honey, agave nectar, salt, and vanilla over medium, stirring until it is well mixed and hot (but not bubbling.) Remove from heat and add the millet cereal; mix until well coated.
2. Transfer mixture to prepared pan, pressing into an even layer; let cool. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and spread in an even layer over millet bars. Let cool completely, cut into squares and serve. Makes 16 squares.










48 comments:

  1. My mouth was watering by the time I got to the last photo. Very yummy looking, Natalie.

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  2. Yummo Natalie; this is sooo going on to my cereal treats Pinboard!

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  3. YUM! I've had some similar to this but these look soo much better :)

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  4. I must try some millet puffs! These look great, but I think I'd have to add some marshmallows ;)

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  5. It looks so delicious! My kids would love these.

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  6. What a good idea! I've never actually tried puffed millet cereal, but I love millet.

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  7. Natalie, these sound great. Can't say I've used millet before! there is always a first time!

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  8. Mu hubby is OBSESSED with rice krispie treats, so I'm going to have to try these! I've only ever seen millet used as bird food, so I'm ready to give a new grain a try :)

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  9. Millet is one of my recent discoveries, and I love adding it uncooked to banana breads and all sorts of goodies for extra texture. Great idea to use a puffed version for a healthier take on a classic treat.

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  10. This looks so much better than your average rice crispy treat! I do love puffed millet, but every time I buy some for a recipe, I end up with a huge leftover bag and nothing to do with it. This would easily take care of that problem! ;)

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  11. This is so easy! Ahd oh my goodness this would be amazing on yogurt :) Have a great night!

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  12. OMG, like a rice krispy treat, but only more healthful. Now, I have an excuse to eat more of them. LOL Like I needed an excuse? ;)

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  13. Mmmm yummy these look tasty. I love that they can be thrown together so quickly!

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  14. Awesome!! I love millet and I love Rice Krispie squares! Totally doing this!

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  15. Oh, yes please! Just the thing for a busy week :)

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  16. This looks yum! Unfortunately in Australia we don't have those bars here so I can't make it.

    I'm also counting down for The Bachelor finale but won't get to watch till at least tomorrow night.

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  17. Love, love, love that you've made a classic treat healthy and tasty, Natalie.

    ...May the best woman or your favorite candidate win tonight on The Bachelor =)

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  18. They look super delicious Natalie!

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  19. OMG, those look soooo good, but god knows I'm to lazy to ever make them myself LOL.

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  20. What a fun and healthy treat! I love that it comes together so quickly too!

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  21. This is my kind of nutritious and delicious treat. Great for both breakfast and pre-workout snack.

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  22. I've never tried puffed millet cereal and I want to eat it like these delicious squares! YUM!

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  23. The squares look & sound great! I think the kid would love them.

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  24. These look so, so amazing! I feel like I NEED to make and eat these ASAP! ;)

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  25. I have a rice puff version of this recipe pulled out to try! I haven't seen puffed millet, but it sure looks like an irresistible option.

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  26. I will try this weekend ^^
    Thank you

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  27. Hi Natalie,

    This no-bake slices look wonderful. I don't think puffed millet is available in our local supermarkets and reckon should be ok to substitute these with easily-available rice puffs.

    Zoe

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  28. You now have wanting to go out in search of puffed millet! These sound so interesting - I love the idea that it's chewy and lighter than the rice krispie version. Sounds like the PB and chocolate add just the right amount of richness, too.

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  29. These PB Millet Squares are definitely a treat! They look and sound delicious. I didn't expect they are so easy and quick to prepare, so that's another good reason to make some. :P

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  30. I've been wanting to try puffed millet and this sounds like the perfect recipe!

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  31. Peanut butterrrrrr! I love chocolate peanut butter treats and these squares look like the perfect creamy, sweet, slightly salty treat with just the right crunch! Looks fabulous!

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  32. Mmmm what a creative and delicious recipe :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  33. These look SUPER TASTY! It's right about snack time, and I didnt bring a snack, so I'm basically drooling. I love an excuse to try a new ingredient (millet)!

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  34. ooooh my weakness.... chocolate and peanut butter combo. I want them now! :)

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  35. Peanut butter and chocolate? You know I am SO there! I just need to find millet puffs...

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  36. Now out of all the grains in my grain-based cleanse week, I've yet to try millet. I'll have to remember that for after the cleanse since next week it's down to fruits and veggies only.

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  37. Gosh, rice krispie squares are good. And these look even better - they're reasonably healthy. Reasonably. ;-) Good stuff - thanks.

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  38. Oh my! My daughter and I will enjoy munching into these bars

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  39. Natalie, this is something I have never seen before. Looks very delectable!

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  40. I had no idea there was such a thing as puff millet, cool. These suqares look good and better then rice krispies to me.

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  41. If you guys can't find any millet puffs in a store nearby, you can pick them up online for a great price on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Path-Organic-Millet-Cereal/dp/B004WWP9Z8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363223019&sr=8-3&keywords=millet+puffs

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  42. I never used puff millet, these look awesome, very creative.
    Hope you are having a great week Natalie :)

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  43. I have tried these and believe me they really are THAT good.

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  44. I love rice krispie treats but rarely make them because they aren't the greatest for you - love that this is a healthier spin on them! They look delicious. =)

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  45. i keep eating these.. i cant decide if teyre bad or good for me...

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  46. Those look amazing! What an original treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  47. This looks great! Nice to see a healthier PB cereal treat.

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