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
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)
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.