Healthy Haystacks Recipe

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"Healthy" Haystacks

Penny Burdge


My son is currently in Americorps and works at Harvesters, Kansas City's only food bank. In addition to feeding hungry people Harvesters also has outreach programs which teach families how to get the most nutritional value for the least cost. My son brought home some of these "Healthy Haystacks" one day along with the recipe. Good grief - be careful it's incredibly easy to eat way too many of these!

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Makes 24
15 Min


1 c
peanut butter (my family loves crunchy best)
1/2 c
butterscotch chips
2 c
original - fiber one - cereal
1/2 c
dry roasted peanuts or other nuts of your choice (we like them with toasted almond pieces)
1/2 c
dried cranberries, or cherries, or raisins or any other dried fruit you like


1Dump the peanut butter and the butterscotch chips into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 2 1/2 - 3 minutes or until the chips are melted.
2Stir the melted peanut butter and butterscotch chips together until they are well combined and smooth.
3Add the cereal, nuts, and fruit and mix well until everything is evenly coated.
4Cover a large cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a small spoon, drop 24 haystacks onto the cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, then transfer to a container and keep these refrigerated for best results, but especially when the weather is hot.
5Here are the nutritional values for these - based on using peanuts:
1 haystack = 125 calories; 9g fat; 3g fiber; 12g protein; 7% daily value Vitamin E; 6% daily value iron; 13% daily value zinc.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #Bake, #No, #Summertime