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]
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 expert — Kylie 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:
- Meme from Living Well Kitchen
- Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean
- Amanda from The Wholesome Dish
- Alexis from Hummusapien
- Diane from Cape Fear Nutrition
- Elle from According to Elle
- Min from The Adventures of MJ & Hungryman
- Anne from Fannetastic Food
- Alex from Delicious Knowledge
- Gretchen from Kumquat
- McKel from Nutrition Stripped
- Cristina from Begin Within Nutrition
- Anne from Craving Something Healthy
And you can always visit www.loveyourraisins.com for more information about California Raisins OR find them on Facebook at facebook.com/californiaraisins.
No-bake PB&J Thumbprint Cookies
makes 9 cookies
- 1 cup raw peanuts
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup California Raisins, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter (no added sugar/oil/salt)
- 1/3 cup raspberries
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.