I made these for my Creative Non Fiction class yesterday and they went over well. I like bringing snacks to class/everywhere. I like to share. But it’s hard to budget snacks for the people when I’m struggling to budget snacks for myself. I figured that if I used basic ingredients (sorry friends, no almond-cocoa-date truffles this week), I could keep things relatively affordable. I feel very lucky that this is something I don’t have to worry about (too much) on the reg. What a gift!
Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Jelly Bars
- 2 cups puffed rice $1.5
- 1/3 cup flax seeds((leftover from summer subletter)
- 1/2 cup oat bran $0.27
- 1 cup oat meal $0.35
- 3/4 cup unsweeteened coconut shreds $0.75
- 3/4 cup golden raisins or other chopped fruit $1.15
- 1 tbs salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter (leftover from summer subletter)
- 2.5 cup pitted prunes $3.75
- 1/2 cup flax meal (leftover from summer subletter)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk $0.75
- 1tbs cinnamon powder
- juice of one lemon (from tree)
- dash of vanilla extract
- 1 tbs coconut oil $0.20
- dash of salt
(Added$0.40 for spices already in the house)
TOTAL cost: $9.12
cost per serving: $0.61
Need to poop? Eat this.
Put peanut butter, prunes, dates, flax, cinnamon, lemon juice and vanilla into food processor. Blend until a sticky paste forms.
While the food processor is going at it, reserve 1/4 cup of coconut shreds and mix dry ingredients in your largest mixing bowl.
Heat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix coconut oil with salt remaining shredded coconut and line parchment paper with oil mixture.
With a large spatula, your hands or both, work dry ingredients into wet ones. You may need to add a bit of hot water to the fruit paste to loosen it up. Do this with caution.
Once combined, press mixture onto parchment paper so that it’s evenly distrubuted about 1 1/2 inch thick across the baking sheet. Place in oven for ten minutes, just to crisp the edges. Remove and allow to cool before scoring.
Cut bars into small squares and keep remaining crumbled in a ziplock for yogurt toppings. Keep bars in airtight container in the fridge.