Peanut Butter Crunchies Revisited

February8

When our kids were little, we used to read them a story called “A Difficult Day” by Eugenie Fernandes about a little girl who endures a bad day at school, has a little temper tantrum and hides from her Mom.  The Mom makes a batch of Melinda’s favourite cookies, finds her daughter and they eat them together under Melinda’s bed.  Daughter #2 recently had a frustrating day at university and plunked herself in a wicker chair in the kitchen to tell me her woes.  I happened to be making a batch of Peanut Butter Crunchies (that she had just mentioned missing the taste of).  We both remembered the story book and she exclaimed how some things had never really changed.  Except that I try very hard not to have sugary treats in the house like Peanut Butter Crunchies.

This is how I tried to adjust the recipe:

  • where it calls for peanut butter-I used a 100% natural crunchy variety where the ingredients are just peanuts and salt with no sugar or fat.
  • I cut back the brown sugar by 25% but there is both sugar and corn syrup.
  • I did not add any additional salt as the original recipes calls for.
  • I used bran flakes instead of corn flakes.
  • I used a brown rice variety of Kellogg’s rice crispies instead of the regular ones.
  • I sprayed the pan with a bit of canola oil.

Peanut Butter Crunchies Revisited
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Modified from The Best of Bridge original
Ingredients
  • 2 c natural "crunchy" variety peanut butter
  • 1 c corn syrup
  • ¾ c brown sugar
  • 4 c bran flakes
  • 2 c brown rice crispies
Instructions
  1. Place sugar and syrup in double boiler, melt.
  2. Add peanut butter, bran flakes and crispies.
  3. Pat into a 9 x 13, sprayed cookie sheet.
  4. Refrigerate.

Daughter #2 declared that they tasted EXACTLY as she remembered them and they contributed to the turning around of her day.  Are they healthy?  Well, all I know is that I feel better about serving them to my little girl (even if she is almost 22 years old).

Kath’s quote: “I’ll love you forever.  I’ll like for always.  As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be”.  –Robert Munsch

Love-that is all.


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