Sneaky spoonfuls of velvety peanut butter on my tongue remains as one of my fondest food memories. Smooth or crunchy, I still do enjoy devious amounts of peanut butter. And though many do not share the same sentiments, it could be *worse.

*marmite

Enter my quest for a healthy snack that included peanut butter. Scouring through Pinterest, there it was in all it’s glory peanut butter no-bake cookies. And I took it, wholeheartedly ready to make this recipe my own. Conversion to the metric system, amended, the humble jar we shove towards the back of the fridge is ready for a reinvention, I present to you Peanut Butter Clusters.

And perhaps, rambling on, these are a great daytime snack for lovers of peanut butter and hungry tummies in general. But they also save you from the embarrassment of having everyone around you listen to your very audible famished stomach at 4pm during Purtassi. With the holy Hindu month approaching, I am scrambling to find recipes that are nourishing, delicious and keep you full. The lack of protein does have many meat-eating Hindu’s off to a stumbling start and once you master the cravings and screaming hunger pangs, Purtassi is almost over. Enough with the rambling and more peanut butter.

Ingredients: 

1 Cup brown sugar
60ml Butter
120ml Milk
1tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Cup Peanut Butter
2 1/2 Cups rolled oats

Method: 

Bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil (let it almost spill over)
Take pot off the stove, add-in vanilla essence and peanut butter
Stir until well combined and peanut butter has melted
Add in rolled oats
Quickly spoon mixture onto a tray lined with wax paper. Shapes should resemble clusters.
Pop into the fridge to set for a minimum of five hours (I do suggest leaving it in overnight though)

Healthy, delicious and effortless – yes, please. You may still find me sulking around the kitchen, teaspoon in hand and ready for a spoonful of rich buttery goodness. But I have to admit these are a close contender.

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