Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sweet Bunny Treats for Eastertide

 Little Willem can reach the piano!  And, oh he loves to.  He doesn't know what to do after he's done playing, though. (funny)

It's a good time of year for adventuring.  I present my all-purpose quick snack. They are little nuggets of goodness which we call energy bars.  I call them NRG bars, because that's the way my high school biology teacher abbreviated energy.  They are good for taking to the library or the woods or camping or for the car ride whenever we are leaving and will get hungry before we get back to real food.  They are just a simple cookie, glorified by tossing in whatever likely dried fruits, nuts, or grains I have on hand.  A bit of chocolate ensures the goodwill of children.
Creme D'Argent rabbits at Flatland Farm.  So sweet. What's prettier than bunnies?

  Energy Bars for Hungry Bunny Children
this is a recipe for human, not rabbit children-do not feed to real rabbits
2 cups Peanut Butter, any-we use salted crunchy just peanut peanut butter
1 cup sugar or other sweetener-I like honey if I have it (2/3 cup honey)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buckwheat groats, sometimes called Kasha, can substitute oats, millet, sesame seeds, or wheat germ
1/2 cup shredded coconut, plain not sweetened
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips so the kids will love 'em
1/4 cup peanuts
opt: 2 Tbsp cocoa powder

To be honest, I don't measure this out, so I'm trying here.  I put in a handful each of the goodies and stir.  If it doesn't hold together with all the add-ins, I just stir in another egg. 

Simple enough for a kid to mix up all My-byself.

Roll into balls, put on a greased baking sheet and flatten each with the palm.
Or drop into small greased muffin tins by the spoonful.
Bake 350F 10 minutes or until beginning to turn golden.
When cooled, pop into a cookie tin.  I pack a tin for Paul, because he loves them, tie a few handfuls up in a napkin for the picnic basket, and save a few for the next day.  I often roll half the recipe and  in parchment paper or a paper bag and freeze it for insta-NRG at a later date.

This little guy is Creme-Champagne cross, and looks quite like a wild bunny with his Agouti coloring, but he will be much bigger than a cottontail when he grows up!
Happy, of course, is Easter itself.  More than happy--jubilant!

round button chicken


Annie said...

At first I thought you meant the BUNNIES were the high-protein energy snack! Ha. Thanks for the recipe.

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

That recipe sounds amazing- I'm ALWAYS looking for high-protein snacks for my children! Thank you!
And the bunnies? Completely, ridiculously, adorable. :) Thanks for sharing!

texasmcvays said...

I'll be making that snack it sounds yummy. I'll probably substitute Carob chips for chocolate chips just trying to keep my bunnies from turning into the energizer rabbit!