Friday, August 27, 2010

Peanut Butter Granola Balls

We all struggle with finding nutritious and delicious little snacks. Most prepackaged snacks (such as granola bars) usually aren't MSPI-friendly. So we're left having to make our snacks. But we want them to be easy to make! No baking -- even better!

Here's a recipe I slightly adapted from Everyday Food that fits the bill. It makes a great snack for any time of day -- morning, noon or night. You can easily substitute sunflower butter for the peanut butter, if peanuts are an issue in your home.

Peanut Butter Granola Balls

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup MSPI-friendly peanut butter
2 tbsp. MSPI-friendly margarine 
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used a mixture of cranberries, blueberries and cherries.)

In a small saucepan over medium, heat honey, peanut butter and margarine. Stir until loosened and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cereal, oats and dried fruit.

Drop mixture by the tablespoon into mini paper cupcake or candy liners. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. To store, refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Tip: The mixture is pretty sticky to work with, but I found success using a small ice cream scoop to form the balls. Or you can just try pressing the mixture into a mini muffin pan that's been coated with cooking spray. (Coating your hands with cooking spray will make this option easier!) Whatever you do, don't skip the refrigeration! That's what keeps everything sticking together.


The Chung Family said...

Hi! So happy to have found you...sometimes the MSPI diet seems a lonely road. So many "helpful" people out there that don't understand the whole "no milk at all in any form" thing and the "any amount of milk or soy means miserable baby".

Anyways, when I first started the diet I stayed away from soybean oil as well. I'm trying that back in. I'm assuming the margarine is a margarine that is soybean oil based?

Also, how long did it take for your little one to stop reacting? I've been milk & soy free for almost two months and he still has hives and nasty diarrhea 4-6 times a day.

Oops, just saw you on fb, I'll read there, it may answer some of my questions.

Thanks for starting this!

Andrea said...

Hi there, Chung Family. Glad you found the blog!

Yes, the margarine I use has soybean oil in it, however, Earth Balance does make one type of margarine that's completely soy and dairy free. I believe it's the one in the red tub.

It can take up to a month or so for some kiddos to stop reacting, especially in the beginning. Since your baby is still reacting after two months, I'm sorry to say this, but he probably has an intolerance or allergy to something else in your diet.

Have you tried keeping a food journal? Basically just keep track of every single thing you eat and at what time plus all his reactions and see if you can figure out what's making him sick. Then you can eliminate that from your diet.

I hope your baby starts improving quickly! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I tried these this morning and oh my goodness, they are delicious!! I've been dairy and soy free for my LO for over 2 months so this was a great treat for me. Thanks for sharing.