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{Clean} No-bake Peanut Butter Bars

clean eating 1This summer, our family is really focusing on clean eating.  We are eliminating preservatives, artificial food coloring, and artificial flavors.  We have heard a lot about the benefits of clean eating for children with autism and ADHD, so this summer we are committed to seeing how it affects our family.

Instead of presenting it to our children as an abrupt lifestyle change, we decided to present it as something we are all working on together for a set amount of time.  We chose to start with just two weeks and chose a fun family activity as a reward for sticking to our commitments on healthy eating.  At the end of two weeks, we will pick another milestone to work towards as a family.

When we talked to our kids about our health challenge, we saw some excitement and some fear.  My son Matt (my 8-year old with ADHD) looked devastated and was literally holding back tears.  We talked through his concerns and I promised my kids I would make a “healthy” treat on Sundays and Mondays.  I hope that by providing healthier alternatives to candy and other sweets that my kids won’t feel the need to hoard candy when they get it.

My family’s favorite “healthy” treat is peanut butter bars.  They are super easy and have lots of protein and fiber.

 

{Clean} No-bake Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup raw walnuts or almonds

1 1/2 cups all-natural peanut butter, divided

1 cup honey

3 cups quick oats

1 1/2 cups all natural extra dark chocolate chips

Blend the raw nuts in a blender or food processor until they are finely chopped.  Then stir together 1 cup peanut butter, honey, and nuts.  Add oats and stir until well combined.  Press into greased 9×13 pan.

Melt chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.  Spread evenly over peanut butter mixture.

Refrigerate (or freeze, if you’re in a hurry) until the chocolate is set.  Keep refrigerated.

 

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