Thursday is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and I couldn’t resist celebrating a bit early by mixing it with chocolate and a high fiber cereal. OK, that was just an excuse, but it was worth it.
My love affair with peanut butter really heated up when Jimmy Carter was running for President in 1976. I was working in radio news and every time any news reporter uttered his name, “the Peanut Farmer” was tagged onto the end of it. It was a mandatory addition. And there were news reports about peanut farms and peanut products; I had peanuts on the brain. After he won the election, I thought there would be free peanut butter for all, but that never happened.
There are endless ways to enjoy peanut butter and chocolate; this little snack uses only three ingredients.
I’m not sure why they call these haystacks, but I’ve researched the term and have discovered that anything that is dropped by a spoon is called a haystack. It can be chicken, chocolate, chow mein noodles or coconut. I won’t protest this, as I think we have an agricultural theme today, with peanut farming and haystacks. Pick up a pitch fork and dive in feet first.
The last ingredient, Fiber One cereal may be problematic for you. You can swap it out for Cheerios, chow mein noodles, or whatever you like as long as it’s crunchy.
However, if you use the Fiber One, you can call this a diet food. In fact, I first saw this idea in an add on the Hungry Girl site, which is the wildly popular site for diet food. http://www.hungry-girl.com/
She loves Fiber One and crushes it to create bread crumbs. But that’s for another day and another recipe.
Ingredients for a Single Serving – 2 or 3 haystacks
2 TBS dark chocolate chips
1 TBS peanut butter
2 TBS Fiber One Cereal
Ingredients for about 10 haystacks.
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup Fiber One Cereal
Melt chips in microwave, 30 seconds at a time. Add peanut butter and cereal.
Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let them set up. (Or pop into the fridge or a cold porch so you can eat them in minutes.)
Makes about 10 little haystacks, so if you have to share them, you might want to double the recipe. However, don’t eat too many with the Fiber One or…well, you know.
Celebrate the favorite combination of chocolate and peanut butter with the crunch of cereal. Ready in minutes it’s a healthy snack.