Helping families eat healthier for less

Helping families eat healthier for less

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Honey Bunches of Oat Squares a Healthier No Bake Snack or Dessert

Honey Bunches of Oat Squares

I confess. I like rice krispie bars - yes, the ones with butter and marshmallows. When I think of no-bake desserts or snacks, that is the first thing that pops into my head. The theme this month for Recipe Redux is no cook desserts.

So, I think everyone has a recipe for rice krispie bars. So, I decided to come up with a recipe that makes these bars a little healthier. But, I also wanted to keep it easy.

With only 3 ingredients this recipe goes together in a snap. The recipe makes 9 bars. Each bar is 199 calories, provides a good source of several vitamins, and costs about 34 cents each. Instead of the Post brand of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, I bought the "knock-off" product made by Malto Meal at Walmart where you can buy a large, 32-ounce bag for under $5.00.

Here is the full recipe.

Honey Bunches of Oat Squares
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes

Non-stick cooking spray
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup almond butter
3 cups lightly sweetened corn & whole wheat flake cereal with granola & sliced almonds (Post Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds)

Spray 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine honey and almond butter in large pot over medium-low heat until melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cereal. Mixture will be sticky. Press into prepared dish. May want to use waxed paper under hands to press down hard to spread mixture evenly in dish. Let cool. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cut into 9 squares.

Makes 9 servings.

Nutrition Information per Serving: 199 calories, 9 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g dietary fiber, 4 g protein, and 92 mg sodium. One serving of this low cost recipe provides an excellent source of folate and a good source of riboflavin, niacin and vitamin E.

Cost per Serving: $0.34 Pricing Note: all ingredients were at “regular” prices.

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  1. Yum - we call them Honey Joys here in Australia!

  2. Love that you used a healthful cereal. Barb!

    1. Actually, a number of different "healthy" cereals could be used. I used honey bunches of oats as I had them in the house but I think these would be good with Kashi cereals, too.