1 March 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

So, I have decided to make things really hard for myself.  In reaction to the news that all sorts of rubbish is in our supermarket foods, I am trying to completely avoid anything pre-packaged.  Now I know that this will not be completely manageable, but surely I can try?  I figured that I would start with our everyday food.  I am not really a ready-meal sort of girl, so the main dinners wont be too hard, but it is all the other snacks and stuff that need to change.
I make a packed lunch for my boys every day, and whilst I think lots about the sandwich filling, I have not really thought about the other bits.  Usually I throw in some fruit, yoghurt and either crisps or a chocolate/biscuit bar - not great I know, but hey I am a real woman!  Avoiding the ready made snack is my first big challenge.  I want something easy to make, tasty and fun for the kids and can be transported in a lunch box - what to make?

Now I have LOTS of recipe books so I started flicking through Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen and stumbled across her recipe for chocolate peanut butter squares.  Perfect...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

150g milk chocolate
2 giant tablespoons peanut butter (more if your LOVE it)
3 cups rice crispies

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
Stir in the peanut butter (this will be pretty stiff to stir)
Add the rice crispies making sure that all of them are covered by the chocolatey, peanut butter yummy goo.

Tip the mixture into a shallow square dish and press down hard.
Pop into the fridge for 2 hours to set and keep telling your children to stop checking to see if they are ready and no they cant put their finger in it yet.
When set, cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week (yeh, right they will last this long!)

A lovely healthy (ish) lunchbox snack.  Or you can eat it at the dinner table with flowers in a vase to make you feel like a wonder woman.


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