Happy Monday! Today I have a sweet treat for you. But here’s the thing: I love any excuse for candy and sugar highs and Valentine’s Day is all about that. However, you know that I’m trying to be good and cut that crap out…or at least, I’m just trying to be more healthy in general. Parker asked me this weekend to make him some healthy snacks for him to take to work and I found this recipe on my search. I love all of Jamie Eason’s recipes because they are clean eating and so far each one I’ve made has been really yummy too. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would make heart shapes for my love – plus, their easy to eat this way. I made a variety of heart sizes, but the tiny ones make perfect bite size yummies.
You can make this recipe as healthy as you want – it calls for almond butter, but you can use peanut butter. I added chia seeds because they are so good for you, but you could leave them out – or put flax seeds instead. This is a no-bake recipe so 1.) flax seeds and chia seeds are welcome and 2.) no-bake means super easy. It also calls for protein powder but if you’re opposed to that, you could leave it out (just add a little more oats for consistency) and the last kind of weird thing it calls for is xylitol brown sugar. We’re trying to cut back on sugar since our blood sugar levels spike and we’re likely to eat way too much of anything sweet and this Ideal blend I found is great – xylitol does not raise blood sugar, it doesn’t taste artificial and is actually a really healthy alternative (dentists love it because it’s good for your teeth). But you don’t have to have it – just leave it out completely, or go buck wild with the real thing.
These really should be kept in the fridge or freezer to keep the consistency together and chewy, but I couldn’t help show off my new glass dome and cake plate I scored at the antique store this weekend.
So, if you’d like to make a healthy alternative to a Valentine’s Day treat (or any time really), here’s the recipe:
Honey, Almond & Cranberry Crispies
- 3 cups Kashi Puffs Cereal
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 cup whole oats
- 1/4 cup crushed almonds
- 1/2 cup Xylitol brown sugar (or regular brown sugar if you’d rather)
- 3/4 cup smooth almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 Tablespoons chia seeds (or ground flax seeds)
- 1-5 oz package dried cranberries
- Pour the cereal, protein powder, whole oats, chia seeds and crushed almonds into a large bowl and shake gently. Avoid stirring, to keep the protein powder from settling on the bottom.
- In a small glass bowl, combine the brown sugar, almond butter, and honey, and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring until combined.
- Add the almond butter mixture to the cereal mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until every piece is coated.
- Spread the mixture evenly into a 9×13 Pyrex dish and spread cranberries on top, or use cookie cutter shapes as molds, and fill with the mixture, pressing firmly into place. If you’d rather have squares, just place in refrigerator for about an hour and then cut.