Kids in the Kitchen: No-Bake 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

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I have been teaching a preschool-aged class the last few months that involves cooking and making a craft. It’s pretty fun and the kids LOVE it. However, I have trouble finding “winning” recipes for a cooking class when there isn’t an oven or stovetop to make cooked things. Don’t get me wrong, we have made our best no-bake pies, mini-pizzas using microwave, sandwich roll-ups, and even fruit pizza. But, today’s recipe was a winner all around! It’s adapted from the site: www.houseofyumm.com.

I thought it would be fun to share it with you today. Try it at home and let us know what you think. Print out the recipe card and make these again later if your kids liked it.

Ingredients:

-1 box of brownie mix

-1 cup of peanut butter (or any alternative nut butter)

-4-5 Tablespoons of any type of milk

*Optional ingredients: ½ cup rolled oats, ½ mini-chocolate chips, ½ cup dried fruits, or anything of your choice.

Steps:

  1. Pour the brownie mix into a medium or large size mixing bowl.
  2. Add the cup of peanut butter. Blend with a wooden spoon.
  3. Once it starts to blend (it takes a few minutes, be patient) then add in the milk a little at a time.
  4. Use  your hands and really knead it together in the bowl.
  5. Once blended together, you should take about a tablespoons worth and roll the dough into a ball.**
  6. Roll all the dough until there isn’t any left. You can serve them right away or store them in the fridge until ready to eat!

**You can also put the dough in the fridge and then make the balls later.

I hope you let the kids get their hands dirty on this one. It sure was fun to see the smiles on my students faces as they mixed it all together and then rolled their snack balls. Some of the kids had a hard time when they had crumbles, I advised them to pretend it was play-doh and to just keep smooshing it together and squishing it between their fingers until it was able to be rolled. They liked that part! Plus,I can tell they loved the taste of these snacks because nobody made a peep while we were enjoying our hard work from the kitchen!

So today, as you look at your children and admire the mess they have made in your kitchen (and believe me it will be a mess) think about the morsels of memories you are creating in each swirl of the spoon or roll of the dough. You are making a lasting impression on them and spending time with them in the kitchen like this is sure to instill joy in their (and your own) hearts.

There are no happy accidents.

~Kim
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