It’s Day 2 of Peanut Week, who’s excited??  Hopefully these Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars will make you even more excited!

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Salted nut rolls have always been a favorite candy of mine.  After all, isn’t a salted nut roll the original sweet and salty snack??  Since my husband was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, we have gone through more honey roasted peanuts in my house than I have had in my entire lifetime!  I buy giant jars of them at Costco and he will have a small dish of them for dessert or as a pre-dinner snack.  Even the honey roasted peanuts are a great low-carb snack option.  Since I began bringing massive loads of these perfectly addicting sweet and salty peanuts into my home, I have been dying to find a recipe to use them in.  Enter Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars!

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The flavors of these bars will remind you of eating a salted nut roll but you don’t even have to mess with a candy thermometer or making a nougat for this recipe.  Marshmallows lend that same gooey sweetness to these bars.  Also, these Honey Roasted Marshmallow Bars satisfy my texture craving for a perfect crunchy yet chewy snack.

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These bars are quire sweet and rich so I recommend cutting the 8-inch square pan that you make them in into 20 pieces.  It would also be super cute presentation to wrap these Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars individually in wax paper like you might find at a candy store.

A few tips for this recipe:

  • Spray your parchment paper very liberally with nonstick cooking spray.  Melted marshmallows may be one of the stickiest substances on the planet!
  • Spray the measuring cups that you use to measure the peanut butter and corn syrup with nonstick cooking spray to make cleanup easier.
  • You could certainly use plain roasted peanuts or any other nut that you enjoy in this recipe.

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bars

1 bar

These bars are a perfect mix of chewy and crunchy and will remind you of eating a salted nut roll

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • For the topping:
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. LIne an 8X8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper liberally with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar and flour and press evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 12 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle marshmallows over the baked crust and return to the oven for 7 minutes so that marshmallows become softened.
  5. For the topping:
  6. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, corn syrup and butter and microwave for one minute. Stir together to combine. Mix in vanilla.
  7. In a separate large bowl, combine peanuts and cereal. Pour peanut butter mixture over peanuts and cereal and stir to coat.
  8. Pour peanut mixture over marshmallows and spread evenly.
  9. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting and serving.
  10. Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks|averiecooks.com

Notes

Per bar: Calories: 237 Fat: 17g Carbs: 17g

DID YOU KNOW?  Peanuts and peanut butter can help control blood sugar.  If you peanuts or peanut butter as part of a high carbohydrate meal, the healthy oils and proteins in peanuts can decrease blood sugar spikes and help to keep blood sugars stable throughout the entire day.

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Did your high school cafeteria have any good treats that you still think about to this day?  My high school had these incredibly soft M&M cookies that I still miss.  When I came across a recipe for Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars, it immediately peaked my interest because of my fond memories of the beloved lunch lady cookies that I remember.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Chocolate and peanut butter in any recipe gives me high hopes that I will fall in love with the treat.  These cookies begin with a soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookie base.  As soon as you take the cookies out of the oven you smear them with more peanut butter so that it melts with the warmth of the cookie crust.  Finally, top all of that goodness off with a classic chocolate frosting and you’ll have visions of adorable lunch ladies dancing in your head when you eat one of these Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars are based on a peanut butter oatmeal cookie crust and smeared with more melty peanut butter and perfect chocolate frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup cream peanut butter, divided
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For the frosting:!
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8X8-inch pan.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar for the bars. Add vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup peanut butter and mix well to combine.
  4. Add oats, flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  7. After bars have been out of oven for 5 minutes, while still hot, spread remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter over bars evenly. Peanut butter will get melty so that it is easy to spread.
  8. Refrigerate until peanut butter solidifies again, about 15 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, for the frosting, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  10. Spread frosting evenly over bars. Cut and serve.
  11. Recipe adapted from [Six Sisters' Stuff Cookbook|http://www.amazon.com/Six-Sisters-Stuff-Family-Recipes/dp/160907324X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363137227&sr=1-1&keywords=six+sisters+cookbook)

This recipe comes from the new cookbook from Six Sisters’ Stuff.  Can you imagine having a blog with your 5 sisters??? That’s exactly what this six remarkable ladies are lucky enough to do.  Their first cookbook is filled with easy any day recipes that they use to feed their busy families.  The sisters value getting their families to sit down together for a meal, which I admire.

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Not only does Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbook offer over 80 recipes with nice color photos, but it also offers crafts and ideas such as a list of activities for children to do inside if they can’t go out on a rainy day.  The recipe chapters are divided into Main Dishes, Slow Cookier, Sides, Salads, Breads and Desserts and all of the recipes are based on ingredients that you will likely already have in your pantry at home.  Most of the recipes in this book are very simple and would be great for someone who is a beginner in the kitchen and is looking to learn some basics using easy-to-find ingredients.

There are certainly more dessert recipes in this book that have caught my attention such as the Sugar Cookie and S’mores Bars.  Many of the main dishes in Six Sisters’ Stuff are casseroles and good down home type cooking that may remind you of some of your family classics.

*Shadow Mountain Publishing sent me a review copy of the Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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I am so excited to finally be a part of The Secret Recipe Club!  The Secret Recipe Club is a group that makes recipes from each other’s blogs, but you have no idea who had your blog or what they chose to make until the big reveal day, which this month, is today!

For my first month as a member of the club, I was assigned to make a recipe from Angela’s Kitchen.  Angela is a genius when it comes to gluten-free and dairy-free cooking and baking.  She is passionate about making recipes for those with food allergies just as tasty as the original dishes.  The recipe that I chose to make from Angela’s collection was these Homemade Cereal Bars which Angela describes as “Better than Nutrigrain Bars”.

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I have to say that I agree with her! These bars are so soft and chewy and have the flavors of oats, cinnamon and strawberry baked in.  The ingredients are wholesome enough that you can truly feel good about eating one of these bars for breakfast!  You could also incorporate nuts, wheat germ, flax seeds or any other mix-ins that you like into these Homemade Cereal Bars.

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

For these Homemade Cereal Bars, I used regular rolled oats, but to make them gluten-free simply substitute gluten-free rolled oats.  You could use whatever fruit filling flavor you prefer and could also use regular butter, melted instead of the coconut oil.  No matter what substitutions you make, these Homemade Cereal Bars are sure to be one of your go-to weekly make-ahead breakfast items.

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Homemade Cereal Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 20 bars

Homemade Cereal Bars that are flavored with cinnamon and strawberry and are soft, chewy and wholesome

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter) melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup strawberry jelly

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment.
  3. In a food processor, pulse half of the oats (1 1/2 cups) until roughly ground.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all of the oats, brown sugar, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add melted coconut oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix well to incorporate.
  6. Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared pan evenly.
  7. Microwave jelly for 30 seconds so that it is more easily spreadable.
  8. Pour jelly over oat mixture and spread to cover evenly.
  9. Press remaining oat mixture over jelly gently.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Cool completely, then use the parchment to lift the bars out of the pan.
  12. Cut and serve.
  13. Recipe adapted from Angela's Kitchen

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}



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While I was watching the red carpet pre-show for the Golden Globes last Sunday, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes as the hosts went on and on about how “freezing” it was in LA.  Living in the midwest my entire life, there is nothing “arctic” about 55 degrees to me!  When the raw temperature drops below 20 degrees people start to add a few more layers before heading outdoors.  But in the spring, by the time the temperature reaches 50, I guarantee you will see people outside exercising in shorts and tank tops.  I feel that our midwest cold winters really allow us to appreciate any warm, tropical vacations that we are fortunate enough to take.  These Lime Coconut Bars will get you feeling closer to a tropical paradise.

Even if you don’t have any plans of putting your toes in the sand anytime soon, these Lime Coconut Bars will make you feel a bit closer to a tropical paradise.

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Just the crust of these bars would be great on it’s own as a cookie.  This buttery, white chocolate, coconut crust is topped with a custardy lime mixture that will remind you of a classic lemon bar but with a different citrus as the star.  Go ahead, put a cocktail umbrella in your cup of tea, enjoy one of these tropical-tasting bars and imagine that you can hear the waves crashing against the beach.

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Total Time: 53 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

A sweet and tart custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust laced with coconut and studded with white chocolate chips

Ingredients

    For the crust:!
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • For the filling:!
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cup lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

    For the crust:!
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8-inch baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper overhanging two of the sides of the pan with the parchment.
  2. In a food processor, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar and salt. Pulse to combine into a coarse meal.
  3. Add white chocolate chips and coconut and pulse again to combine.
  4. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.
  5. For the filling:!
  6. Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Add sugar and flour and whisk to combine.
  8. Mix in lime juice.
  9. Pour over hot crust and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are set but the center is still a bit jiggly.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Use overhanging edges of parchment paper to remove bars from the pan.
  12. Cut, dust with powdered sugar and serve.
  13. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

in a food processor, pulse butter, brown sugar, flour and salt to combine

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add white chocolate and coconut and pulse

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

press into prepared pan and bake

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

make filling

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}pour over crust and bake again

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

If you are in the mood for citrus my Perfect Lemon Tart will also satisfy your craving!

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It never fails that around 1-2 pm, I hit a wall and fall into an afternoon slump.  I blame feeling full from lunch and especially if I am in a warm room, my eyes just get heavy and I become more lethargic.  I often use an afternoon snack or beverage as a pick-me-up to combat the feeling of wanting to do nothing but nap.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars have many good-for-you ingredients and will give you an energy boost if you feel the grogginess that I described in the early afternoon.  Peanuts and peanut butter provide protein to keep you feeling full and satiated for hours.  A good dose of whole grains like whole wheat flour, rolled oats and wheat germ help to get in your servings of healthy carbs for the day.  And to give you something to look forward to, these bars are packed with chocolate chips and even drizzled with some melty chocolate for a little antioxidant boost.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

So give yourself an afternoon snack to look forward to that will help to keep you focused throughout the day and make a batch of these Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Whole grain bars packed with energy rich ingredients like peanuts and chocolate chips to keep you going all day long

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter and brown sugar together to combine.
  4. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Add rolled oats and wheat germ and mix.
  7. Add peanuts, 3/4 cup chocolate chips and mix well.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake 20 minutes and cool in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle over bars.
  11. Remove from pan, cut and serve.
  12. Recipe adapted from Health Magazine

mix together peanut butter and brown sugar

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add eggs, oil and vanilla and mix

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in oats and wheat germ

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in peanuts and chocolate chips

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

spread into pan and bake

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

cool, drizzle with chocolate, cut and serve

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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