Sometimes you need something sweet, and you need it fast. Today I’m going to share a couple of recipes that can help you take care of that sweet tooth in a very short time frame.
This first recipe is actually even healthy for you, but it’ll still squelch that sweet craving. This is another of the snack bite recipes that I’ve been trying out for the last year or so. The addition of dried cherries gives this one a bit of a different taste than just the usual chocolate, oats, and peanut butter.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites (from Better Homes & Gardens)
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
1 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. semisweet chips (Using mini chips would make it easier to eat them straight out of the freezer. If you were so inclined.)
1/4 c. dried cherries (You could also use craisins for a similar tangy flavor.)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Stir in 1/2 c. of the coconut, the chocolate chips, and the cherries.
- Chop the remaining 3/4 c. of coconut up in the food processor and place it in a shallow bowl. Shape the oat mix into 1 inch bowls and roll them in the chopped coconut. (This is mostly for looks, so you don’t need to worry if you don’t have the time.) Chill at least 30 minutes; store in the fridge (or freezer).
And this recipe is the really exciting one (at least to my husband). It’s a way to make a personal sized portion of rice krispies treats (for those of use who can’t control ourselves around a full pan of them). The bonus is that it takes less than 5 minutes to make, and is a great way to use up that last cup of cereal lingering in your cupboard. By the way, if you have a half-opened bag of marshmallows, be sure to stick them in the freezer. They won’t get sticky this way, and they defrost in seconds when you need to use them.
Rice Krispies for One (from the Number 2 Pencil Blog)
1/2 tbsp. butter
1 c. rice krispies (Or another cereal of your choice.)
- Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add the marshmallows and nuke for 20 more seconds. (Keep an eye on them to make sure the marshmallows don’t spill over.)
- Stir the marshmallows to blend together. Add the rice krispies and stir til well blended. (You can eat the treats right away or press them in a large ramekin and let it set up.)
What are some new tricks or tips that you’ve learned recently?