Peanut Butter Trail Squares

Peanut Butter Trail Squares

With a childhood obesity crisis looming and impending sugar tax designed to get people to switch to healthier foods, our sugar-free peanut butter trail squares are likely to be a hit in 2016.

As all parents are aware, children love sweet things. Trying to stop them from eating sugary treats is likely to be a thankless task; and not only that, children shouldn't be denied treats altogether. The trick is to give them sweet treats that are actually good for them; rather than treats containing refined sugar which has no nutritional value whatsoever, can rot their teeth, and can contribute to unwanted weight gain.

These peanut butter squares are the perfect treat as they are so easy to make and store. They taste sweet and are very moorish, but are also full of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and other nutritious goodness.

Maple syrup is used to sweeten the squares, rather than refined sugar. This provides less sugars and less calories; and it adds potassium, calcium, and a little magnesium, all of which would not be found in sugar.

The nuts and seeds provide good levels of protein, which will give your children the fuel that they need for all that energic playing.

The combination of ingredients also provide high levels of magnesium. This is important for a number of reasons. One important reason is that it plays a part in the control of blood sugar, but it also plays an important role in energy production, bone integrity, and nervous system balance.

Good levels of phosphorus are also available in these little treats, which is a mineral that also plays a part in the formation of bones; which is perfect for growing children.

Try switching a chocolate biscuit for one of these, and you will be doing your children (and yourself) a huge favour.

  1. Line and grease a shallow, rectangular baking dish. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Heat the crunchy peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil in a pan until warm and runny.
  3. Put the almonds in the mixer and roughly chop into small pieces.
  4. Mix together the nuts, seeds, peanut butter mix, cinnamon and oats, then spread into a single layer in the baking dish.
  5. Divide the layer now into 8 equal squares with a sharp knife.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  7. Cool on a baking tray before serving and allow the mixture to set.


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