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No-Bake PBandJ Thumbprint Cookies with NaturallySweet California Raisins

Posted by ReganJonesRD
September 15, 2014
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The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts and raisins, and topped it with “jellied” mashed raspberries and peanut butter, it’s a taste that goes well-beyond kid-friendly, into honest to goodness crowd pleaser.

[Disclosure: The following post is a part of a paid promotion between The Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and California Raisins. Opinions expressed are my own. ~Regan]

California Raisins. Sweet. Naturally.
~by
~recipe and images by Kylie Held Mitchell

 

I had to laugh last week when someone tagged me on Facebook about “sending my kids back to school”.

Folks… if you think starting back to school after Labor Day is universal, let me enlighten you. Down in the land of cotton where folks say y’all and eat grits on Saturday morning, we’ve LONG since been back to school… very early August, in fact. So I’m over “back to school.” #BTDT

But what I’m NOT over is “After School Snacks.” That daily battle will likely haunt me be my pleasure to enjoy for at least 13 more years (roughly assuming that’s how many afterschool afternoons there are left for this posse of hungry afternoon savages, the youngest of which is preK now.)

Why is it a battle?

Because what “they” want to eat and what “I” want them to eat just somehow don’t always mesh. #ImagineThat

I “get” that they’re hungry by the time they get home:

The definition of pure Craziness = my 2nd grader has lunch at 10:30am!

And even with a snack at school, he has late day recess… so that kid is starving when he gets home. The problem — as any mom knows — is that if he fills up in that 3-4pm window with too much sugar, I’ve got no chance at a good dinner.

And that’s where this month’s new campaign with California Raisins comes in!

I, along with a few of my favorite registered dietitian bloggers from the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network, have teamed up with California Raisins to provide moms-like-me (and dads, grandmas, grandpas, sitters, nannies or even hungry-single folk, too!) healthy, delicious after-school (work)-snacks… with GET THIS, no added sugar. 

Sure, I could go out and purchase some really high dollar “kid snacks” that are “clean” and “minimally processed” but the reality is California Raisins have been doing healthy-snacking that way for years. Read the label:

One ingredient. No added sugar. Naturally dried by the sun.

A box or handful alone is a good snack for many afternoons. In fact, research suggests that among children, eating raisins as an after-school snack may prevent excessive calorie intake and may increase satiety (or feeling full) when compared to other common snacks, including cookies and chips*. But I know this extra bit of afternoon time with my kids won’t be here forever, so a little effort in the kitchen for a “homemade” goodie is worth it sometimes.

Up on my list to make for my boys first, are these PBandJ Thumbprint Cookies by Healthy Aperture Contributor and cookie expertKylie from Yeah….Imma Eat That. She’s taken the classic peanut butter and jelly combo, and literally flipped it inside out by making a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie with nuts and raisins, and topped it with “jellied” mashed raspberries and peanut butter. It’s a taste that goes well-beyond kid-friendly, into honest to goodness crowd pleaser.

Want more crowd pleasers as your kids either start Back to School or get their report cards (like ours, yikes!) Then starting this week and running through September 30th, you can get your feel of the best ways to prepare #NaturallySweet recipes for your family, friends (or just your own afternoon pick-me-up) as these talented bloggers share their favorite recipes using California Raisins:

And you can always visit www.loveyourraisins.com for more information about California Raisins OR find them on Facebook at facebook.com/californiaraisins.

Enjoy!

 

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

 

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

 

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

 

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

 

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

The classic peanut butter and jelly combo, flipped inside out makes a nutrient- and fiber-rich no bake cookie. Made with nuts an

No-bake PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

Yield

makes 9 cookies

Ingredients

  • Cookie:
  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup California Raisins, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (no added sugar/oil/salt)
  • 1/3 cup raspberries

Directions

1. Add peanuts and pecans to a sauté pan over medium heat. Cook the nuts, tossing/stirring frequently, until toasted.
2. In a food processor or blender, combine toasted nuts, California Raisins and salt until dough can hold it’s shape when rolled into a ball.
3. Roll dough into 9 balls and use your thumb to flatten and make a thumbprint in each cookie.
4. Place cookies on a wax paper lined baking sheet and place in the freezer while you make your jelly.
5. In a bowl, use a fork to mash the raspberries until they resemble a jelly.
6. Remove cookies from the freezer and fill the center with half peanut butter and half raspberry jelly.
7. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Click for nutritional information
Calories 191
Carbohydrates 12.2g
Fiber 15.2g
Sugar 8.2g
Fat 14.7g
Protein 20.8g
Sodium 148mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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