All-American Garibaldi Biscuits

While growing up, one of Matt’s favorite snacks was the Sunshine Biscuit Company’s Golden Fruit, a thin, raisin-filled, perforated cookie that disappeared sometime after Keebler Foods acquired Sunshine. In an online search for something reminiscent of this childhood treat, he discovered Garibaldi biscuits.

According to Wikipedia, the traditional Garibaldi biscuit consists of currants sandwiched between [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Peanut Butter Crunchies

If you love peanut butter and have a sweet tooth, these candies are definitely for you. They taste, look and feel like some sort of PayDay, Rice Krispies Treat and PowerBar combo.

I looked at no fewer than ten recipes for peanut butter balls before coming up with this summer-friendly, keep-in-the-fridge, no-bake treat. I love [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Easy Cranberry Apple Bars

Sweetened primarily with apple juice, these 5-ingredient treats are all natural and packed with fruit, fiber, nuts and flavor. They are easy to mix and bake, and you don’t have to “sacrifice” your favorite homemade granola as a main ingredient.

If you have granola to spare, I also recommend the following recipes: Chewy Peanut Butter [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Hunky Chunky Granola Squares

This is essentially a chunky version of my Chewy Peanut Butter Power Bites. With protein from multiple sources, these treats are great for a mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up.

Though other granolas would probably work, I recommend using Banana Nut Granola or Peanut Butter Granola Surprise for this recipe. For a sweeter version, you could [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chewy Peanut Butter Power Bites

Part Power Bar® and part granola bar, these were inspired by a recipe in The Ultimate Peanut Butter Book by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.

One of the best things about these protein-powered snacks is that they are all natural, preservative free and—perhaps best of all—less expensive than store bought. Not only do they taste [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Easy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These chewy, preservative-free bars taste a bit like a crunchy cross between Rice Krispies Treats® and old-fashioned peanut butter cornflake cookies. If you start with a granola that is low in fat and sugar, they can serve as a protein-packed treat containing just a fraction of the fat and calories found in many store-bought granola [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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