By unspoken agreement, the kitchen is largely my domain alone. My son is six and still harbors grave reservations about using the toaster by himself, and hubby—well, from time to time he’ll make supper, but his repertoire is limited to spaghetti and grilled cheese.
Seldom do my husband and son venture into the middle of the cooking processes or participate in the thought experiments required to make up new recipes, though both of them are willing guinea pigs when all is said and done, and I need taste-testers. I won’t lie, sometimes being the only person in the kitchen is a lonely experience.
Well, I decided to mix things up one night. As he was putting kidlet in bed, I set up a series of bowls on the counter. Into each, I poured some rolled oats, honey, and Kraft Peanut Butter with Chocolate. And then rather than let hubby descend to his man-cave and watch documentaries after kidlet was asleep, I invited him into my kitchen.
Together we spent an hour making and testing variations on a no-bake Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe. We made a mess, fed each other test-samples of our concoctions, and traded stories about the things we used to do together when it was just the two of us. We’ve been married over 16 years now, and while we love our little guy dearly, we still make an effort to make sure we give ourselves quality alone-time.
It’s an essential part of what helps us stick together.
It was a really great evening. The cats wove rubbed against our legs as we worked side by side. It was peaceful in here, darkness outside the windows keeping our attention focused inward. It felt like I invited him into my world, not just my kitchen.
Hubs and I whipped up four different types of Peanut Butter Snack Bites that evening, one after the other since they come together so quickly. We experimented with flax seeds, mashed banana, chocolate chips, raisins, coconut, and chia. It’s probably safe to say that we spent longer poring over my pantry options as we thought up possible combinations than we did making the snack bites themselves.
In the end, however, we both decided the winner was a chocolate pretzel and popcorn concoction. It was the perfect blend of sweet and salty; a little bit healthy, a little bit indulgent.
Kind of like our alone time spent together.
- 1 cup oat large flaked rolled oats
- ½ cup Kraft Peanut Butter with Chocolate
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup pretzel sticks, crushed
- 1 cup popcorn, kernels broken up
- A few drops pure, high quality vanilla extract (optional, but a little goes a long way!)
- MIX together all ingredients in a medium bowl until blended.
- ROLL into 20 (1-inch) balls, using about 2 Tbsp. for each.
- CHILL for 20 to 30 min.
- Microwaving the peanut butter for just a few seconds will make mixing a snap!
Since these little no-bake treats are so easy to make, why not try your own date night in the kitchen, creating the perfect concoction? Whip up your own Peanut Butter Snack Bites and head over to participate in the Make It Yours Contest going on at sheblogs Canada. By sharing a photo of your Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe, you will be entered to win 1 of 4 Kraft Peanut Butter prize packs!
For more Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipes ideas, visit www.sticktogether.ca and follow the hashtag #MyKPBsnackbite to join the conversation on Twitter!
Disclaimer: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.