These no-bake bars will remind you a bit of Rice Krispies treats. The process used to make them is basically the same. But I’ve swapped the puffed rice for puffed millet, added peanut butter, and sweetened the whole thing with honey and agave nectar (instead of marshmallows!). The layer of chocolate on top is optional, but why would you skip it?
Millet is a tiny, protein-rich grain. You can find the puffed cereal version in many health food stores. I use Arrowhead Mills brand. Because puffed millet has a soft, airy texture, these bars don’t have the crunch of traditional Rice Krispies treats, but instead they’re nice and chewy. You could even form the millet mixture into balls and dip them in the chocolate to make peanut-butter pops. Yum!
Chewy Peanut-Butter-Millet Bars
3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter, well stirred
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup light agave nectar or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups puffed millet cereal
2/3 cup high-quality semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. In a pot large enough to hold the puffed millet, heat the peanut butter, honey, agave nectar, salt, and vanilla over medium, stirring until it is well mixed and hot (but not bubbling.) Remove from heat and add the millet cereal; mix until well coated.
- Transfer mixture to prepared pan, pressing into an even layer; let cool. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and spread in an even layer over millet bars. Let cool completely, cut into squares (use a serrated knife) and serve. Makes 16 squares.