Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nutty Popcorn Squares

I've done about half a dozen variations of a no-bake peanut butter cookie my mother used to make when I was a kid. The original version contains equal parts peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup which are boiled together and combined with more than half a box of corn flakes. This diabetes-friendly version swaps the cereal for a high fiber mix spiked with popcorn and flax seeds. Only minimal sugar and honey are used to bind the whole thing together.

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Nutty Popcorn Squares

2 cups Fiber Cereal (I used the Whole Foods store brand)
2 1/4 cups Kashi Honey Crisp Ceral
3 cups air-popped popcorn
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips

Mix the cereals, popcorn, and flax seeds in a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan melt the peanut butter, honey, and sugar together. Bring to a boil and let boil for one minute. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir to coat all the cereal and popcorn. Turn mixture into a 13 X 9 baking dish that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick spray. Press the mixture firmly down with the back of your spatula, sprinkle with the peanut butter chips, press the chips in firmly, and let cool for about an hour before cutting into squares.

Makes 24 squares.

Each square contains 4 grams of fat, 110 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.


Taylor said...

Hey E, I wanted to suggest experimenting with agave nectar, which has a much lower glycemic index than honey or sugar. I haven't done any baking with it, but I know others have and have had good success. I absolutely love agave nectar in my morning tea, though. It tastes like burnt sugar (a good thing), and has the added benefit of never crystallizing like honey.

e said...

I've been doing a bunch of baking experiments with agave nectar, it has a much lower GI than honey but it's sweeter. Good stuff. Thanks!