I love peanut butter.  I tend not to get the jar out often, though, because that leads to getting a spoon out…which leads to getting my elastic waist pants out.  Willpower, I have none.

The Tall Boy on the other hand, who could also be called The Skinny Boy, eats approximately a jar of peanut butter a week.  Somehow this does not seem fair to me.

Anyway, I wanted to find an easy, healthy snack for the Doodlebug to munch on after we get home while I am in the pantry sneaking tortilla chips making dinner.

First, peel, core and chop two apples (I used Gala, ’cause they are my favorite), and pop them in the microwave with some red hots.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until apples are soft.  Then, mash ’em up, leaving some larger pieces.

Next, mix up your dry ingredients, and add in the apples.  Melt your peanut butter, stir in the vanilla and combine it all.  Add your honey, a tablespoon at a time, until everything is gooey.  Press into a pie plate and bake.

Drizzle some more peanut butter on top if you like.

I definitely liked.


Apple Peanut Butter Bars

recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is


2 cups oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon sprinkles (mine were from Pampered Chef; if you don’t have this, just leave it out, or add in a bit more cinnamon with a sprinkle of sugar)

2 medium apples, peeled and chopped
15-20 red hots

3/4 cup peanut butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup honey


In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix. To soften apples, mix them with your red hots and microwave for 2-3 minutes.  Next, mash ’em with a fork or a pastry blender, leaving some large chunks. Add apples into oat mix.

Melt peanut butter and stir vanilla into peanut butter. Add peanut butter to apples and oats.

Mix with wooden spoon until all ingredients are moistened. Add honey one tablespoon at a time, mixing until everything is combined.

Spray a pie plate with non-stick spray and pour in oat dough.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Slice into wedges and drizzle with melted peanut butter.

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received samples of Planters Peanut Butter from the National Peanut Board.  However, any opinion expressed in this post is solely my own, ’cause that’s how I roll.

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