Crispy Berry Bites

Crispy Berry Bites | Perfect for Valentine's Day snacks or lunch box | Don't Panic MomThese crispy berry bites use 4 ingredients and take about 10 minutes to make if you’re working slowly with a toddler on your hip. You might be thinking that they closely resemble another recipe on Don’t Panic Mom. Am I lazy or smart? Probably both depending on the day. But the truth is Moms don’t need to have a million tricks to feed their children well. Find healthy recipes you can make without a headache and then add a bit of variety. This recipe is easy to memorize and then you can enjoy switching things up by adding different dried fruits and serving them in different shapes. I love these because everyone in my house will eat them and they store well in the fridge.

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Look for crisp brown rice cereal. I found this at a Sprouts Market for a ridiculously cheap price. This container was a perfect 4 cups of cereal for the recipe.Red-Add-Ins

Next, choose your add ins. For a festive Valentine’s Day or Christmas theme, choose some red dried fruits like dried cranberries, tart cherries, or freeze dried raspberries.

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The “glue” for this recipe is equal parts of nut butter and honey. I heated a half cup of each in the microwave for one minute, just enough time to melt. Pour over 4 cups of cereal and 2/3 cups worth of dried fruit.Mixing-it-all-together 

Once you’ve incorporated the “glue” into all of the dry ingredients, dump out onto a cookie sheet covered in a piece of parchment. Make sure your parchment is long enough to fold over the mound of yumminess.

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Fold the parchment over the top of the mound and press down with your hand. No, really. Press down firmly until you hear a bit of crunching. You don’t want your bites crumbling into a million little pieces. This step is important only if you’re using cookie cutters. If you are making round shapes, skip ahead.

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If you’re making ball-shaped bites, check out this version of the squish. Eyeball a heaping tablespoon worth of mixture into your parchment covered hand and SQUISH!  You will unveil a wonderful bite sized treat ready for a lunch box or serving tray. The parchment helps keep the little bits of brown rice from sticking to your hands. (Believe someone who has experienced this sticky phenomenon, it is a pain. A prickly, sticky, pain that yields zero cute shapes and naughty words.)

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If you’re not going the ball-shaped route because your kids prefer squares or kangaroos, I totally know where you’re coming from. After you’re done squishing on top of the cookie sheet, use your hands or spatula to form your canvas. Mine looked like this. (Is that Nebraska?)

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Once I pushed the cookie cutter all the way down, I used my fingers to press the mixture a bit more into the sides of the cookie cutter to help it retain it’s shape.Ready-to-Serve

Here you go. A gorgeous, whole grain treat. 

Crispy Berry Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 9 - 3\\\" Hearts or 18 Balls

These are the perfect crunchy snack or addition to a lunch box.

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • 2/3 Cup Dried Fruit (I used dried cranberries and freeze dried raspberries)
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or Sun Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Honey

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, measure out the crispy brown rice cereal and dried fruit. Next, in a microwave-safe dish, heat the nut/seed butter and honey for about one minute. Stir the mixture and if it isn't melting together, heat for another 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until they are well combined. If microwaves make you uneasy, you can definitely do this in a pan over the stove.
  • Immediately pour the nut/seed butter and honey combo over the dry ingredients. Stir with a rubber spatula until you've coated all of the dry ingredients.
  • Dump out the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the mound and press down firmly. You'll hear crunching and that's okay. Lift the parchment and form a basic rectangle with your hands or rubber spatula. Now you're ready for cookie cutters. Cut out desired shapes and serve! Keep any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • If you're making ball-shaped bites, place a heaping tablespoon worth of mixture onto a corner of the parchment. Get your hand under it so you can squeeze it into a ball shape without the bits sticking to your hand. Squeeze until you hear some crunching and when you open your hand you should have a nice intact bite-sized berry bite.

Notes

No parchment paper? No problem. You can use wax paper.

 

 

 

2 Comment

  1. Emily says:

    Awesome recipe – thank you so much! My daughter (3.5yo) and I made them this morning – with currants and dried blueberries. I added mini chocolate chips too, but they got melted once we poured on the hot almond butter/honey…not such a terrible mistake to have made (yum!). They didn’t stick together well enough to form into balls, so we pressed them out on a sheet and made cut outs with cookie cutters. So fun, so yum! Thanks the great post and great site/ideas.

    1. Alli says:

      I’m SO happy that you made these with your daughter! To make the balls you really need to use the strength of Hercules to squish. I usually make a few balls for lunches and then do rectangles for the rest. I’ll have to try dried blueberries!

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