PB & J Bites and {Attune Foods}

Hi Friends!

**First of all, I just want to say thank you SO MUCH for all your kind words on yesterday’s post. I got so many comments from old readers, new readers and everyone in between. The amount of support I received was incredible and I spent all day yesterday just thinking about how amazing the blogging community really is. So THANK YOU!! It means the world to me.

Also, big thanks to my hubby for these BEAUTIFUL flowers he got me icon smile PB & J Bites and {Attune Foods} I love him.

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So, on to today’s post.  I kinda dropped the ball on this one since Janetha informed everyone on Twitter that YESTERDAY was actually national pb & j day. But, as you know, I had some other exciting things going on, so we’re just gonna go ahead and extend our little pb & j celebration to today.

Recently I was sent some samples from a pretty amazing company called Attune Foods. If you’ve never heard of them, you should definitely head over and take a look at their website. They make some pretty awesome cereals, bars and crackers and they also have several gluten-free products. I was able to pick out three of their products to try. Here’s what I picked:

First up:

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What I love best about all of Attune’s products are how simple the ingredient lists are. I can pronounce all of the ingredients and the lists are short and sweet. I tried eating these plain as I would a regular bowl of cereal…but as you know, I eat the same two cereals every single morning and it’s pretty hard to change my ways. So, since these flakes were actually a lot smaller than I expected…more like granola or oats, I have big plans to use this cereal to make some healthy no-bake granola bars!!! The flavor was delicious.

Second pick:

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I swoon over these. I’m a HUGE graham cracker fan and these are absolutely fantastic. I’ve eaten them plain, made s’mores with them and dipped them in yogurt. They were delicious on each occasion. But I must say my favorite way to enjoy these was by making a big batch of my Almond Graham Banana Bites. These are one of my favorite treats and the grahams were perfect for it. This time I left out the almonds so it was all graham, baby icon smile PB & J Bites and {Attune Foods}

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Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and recommend you make these immediately. YUMMM. Wanna kick it up a notch? Mix some pb in with that chocolate and then cover more of banana with it- don’t be lazy like me and just do the tops.

Third choice:

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I got SO excited when I saw this one. I’m a HUGE advocate of watching your salt intake and I spend a lot of time looking at the salt content of packaged food. So when I saw these, I immediately knew I had to try them! I mean check out the ingredients. Doesn’t get any simpler than that folks!

I wanted to come up with a fun way to use these so I did some experimenting and I’m super happy with the result! When I think of crispy rice I automatically think of rice krispy treats. I used to eat them ALL the time when I was little and they were one of my favorite things to make. This time I decided to try to recreate them and make them a bit healthier. So I didn’t use marshmallows! GASP! I know!! I wasn’t sure how they would work out, but I was willing to take a chance.

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I added some pb and vanilla for flavor and some brown rice syrup to help them stick together and sweeten them up a little bit. 4 ingredients. That’s it!

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And what goes better with pb than j?! But in this case, I made my own healthy chia seed jam! It’s so easy. Only takes 2 ingredients. Frozen berries…and chia seeds. Plus sweetener if you want, but I think it’s sweet enough from the fruit. I’ve made chia jam with blackberries (my fav), raspberries and strawberries. This time strawberries were all I had on hand. I’ve found it works better with smaller berries, but I made it work with whole frozen berries. All you have to do is combine the berries and chia seeds in a bowl, microwave for 2 minutes or so, smash the berries with a fork and refrigerate to let set.

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I put the jam in a small container to set and let the crispy bites set in their muffin tins. A couple hours later I came back for a taste test. The verdict? Amazing. A fun new snack for me to enjoy icon smile PB & J Bites and {Attune Foods}

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Want the recipe?!

PB & J Bites

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by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Keywords: stovetop appetizer breakfast snack healthy low-sodium vegetarian chia seeds peanut butter strawberry

 

Ingredients (approx 40 bites)

For the bites

  • 2/3 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 c Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal


For the jam

  • 1 c frozen berries
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

For the Bites

In a medium saucepan, melt the peanut butter and brown rice syrup.
Add the vanilla and stir until well-combined.
Add the crispy rice and mix well
Press by spoonful into greased mini muffin tins and let set until cooled.
Remove from muffin tins and store in an airtight container.
Just before serving, top with chia jam!

**Note: You could also press the mixture into a large pan and cut into squares later.

For the Jam

Combine the frozen berries and chia seeds in a bowl.
Microwave on high for 2 and a half minutes.
Use a fork to smash the berries and mix well.
Transfer to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 min.

**Note: You can store this in the fridge for up to one week.

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Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

**I received these samples for free from Attune Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. it’s still national PBJ day for another 1.5 hours! weeee!
    janetha recently posted..#marchphotoaday

  2. yum! these look so good!

  3. uh WOW?
    these.ROCK!!!
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  4. Such a great idea! I haven’t had rice crispy treats in idk how long. You can’t go wrong with PB & J either ;)
    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile recently posted..Happy Birthday

  5. I LOVE this idea! I had no idea how easy it could be to make fresh jam! Amazing!
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Bipolar eating at its finest.

  6. oo those look delicious! Why do I never know when national food days are? Where can I find this information!?
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey recently posted..purely elizabeth giveaway

  7. LOVE Attune and these PBJ bites look really, really yummy!

    We never go without the New Morning grahams in this house. Now I need to make those banana bites with them!
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..Heart Rate Zone Training

  8. Gorgeous flowers and yummy recipe. I’ve never tried Attune but keep hearing such great things about it.
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted..Lunch Date, Gym and Fajitas on Mexican Monday

  9. First off, congratulations Lindsay! I’m so happy for you! Second, those flowers are amazing. Third, those peanut butter and jelly bites are perfect! I LOVE the chia jam and I can’t stop eating it! I don’t even buy jams anymore.
    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) recently posted..Savory Waffle Sandwich and Gardening…

  10. You’re a genius! Those PB&J bites look so delicious!! :)
    Healthiful Balance recently posted..Banana Cinnamon Chickpea Flour Pancakes

  11. Oh MAN do these little bites look delish! I might be even more excited about the homemade chia jam — what a genius idea for chia! Plus, making your own jam must taste way way way better than store bought!! Yum! Totally pinned this for use later :)
    Jess recently posted..Intervals. FTW!

  12. These are so adorable! I love Attune products.
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Light Banana Bread

  13. I’ve been eyeing that Erewhon for a while now. I’ll have to check it out! I watch my sodium as well. I can always tell a difference if I’ve had to much – my fingers get so swollen the next morning.

  14. Wow those things look amazing! I’ll have to try them!
    Danielle recently posted..Sushi and Phillies

  15. Those bites look pretty awesome! I would love to make them with blueberry on top, maybe mashed fresh blueberries. YUM!
    I also love Attune products. The Uncle Sam cereal is awesome. However I haven’t been able to try the other two you mentioned. Hopefully someday!
    Caitlin recently posted..ALA Stair Climb 2012

  16. Yummeeeee!!! You seriously make the best treats – I have lots of frozen blueberries to use up and my grandma gave us a bunch of homemade jams for Christmas, so I can see lots of variations of these being made :)
    Andrea @ Vegvacious recently posted..Challenging Myself

  17. your flowers are beautiful! good job to your hubby!
    these PB & J Bites look great! i’m a huge fan of anything PB & J!
    Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries recently posted..Trainer Tuesday: Just Dance! Workout

  18. I love anything PB & J so I am sucker for these little dudes! I will have to make this weekend *(when I’m a little more lax on the protein diet craze!)
    Ericka @ The Sweet Life recently posted..Sugar Addict Goes Rogue

  19. YUM! I have no other words by that.

    Seriously – YUM!
    Yellow Haired Girl recently posted..Admitting Defeat

  20. those look awesome!!! MUST MAKE!!!!!!!!!
    jobo recently posted..The curse of can’t-wait-ing.

  21. These look delicious! And they look easy – which is my all-time favorite adjective for snacks. ;)
    Stefanie @TheNewHealthy recently posted..5 things to avoid in April

  22. ah these are so cute!! Great idea to make little pb&j cups! love it!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..White Chocolate Pretzel Easter Bark

  23. Ohh all of those Attune items sound delicious- especially the first cereal!! And I love the idea of creating a mock rice krispie treat with out marshmallows- these look great and like the perfect snack item! Can’t wait to give them a try!
    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola recently posted..Green Machine

  24. I’m going to try these with almond butter. I guess that would be AB and J!!
    Miriam @ Bellaspire recently posted..Basic Arepas, Taco Soup, and a Giveaway

  25. yumyumYUM!!!! Every day is a reason to celebrate PB&J in my book! These look great Linds, and I had NO IDEA chia jam was that easy. I think I”ll make some tonight.
    Samantha recently posted..I Wasn’t Careful

  26. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for linking the website! They have so many great products, I am gonna get the graham crackers and the brown rice cereal for sure. I’ve been looking for a healthier graham cracker for a while now! Yay thanks!! And I’m definitely gonna try these pb&j bites, they look delishh
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal recently posted..Surprise Cookies

  27. We love the Crispy Brown Rice Cereal in our house. I use it in everything from cookies to as a nice crunchy coating on fish. Great company and product!

    Consider yourself Pinned! :)
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  28. girl! your blog always makes me drool. how are you so tiny? hahaha. ;)
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  29. Oh wow, these are absolutely adorable! I haven’t had a rice crispy treat in yearssss! I kind of forget what they taste like now
    Lisa recently posted..More plans and carrot cake oats

  30. Okay those look amazing and I am obsessing over the chia seed jam. Must happen! Lucky for me I have all the ingredients on hand including the amazing Attune cereal!
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted..Treat your Feet to Sandal Season Pampering

  31. They make a no salt added version? I must locate this!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Pyramid Run

  32. I love the Attune cereals. I made some rockin’ rice crispy treats with homemade marshmallows (since PB is not an option for my older son). Good stuff!
    MCM Mama recently posted..Did you ever have a run so good…

  33. I confess, I’m a little bit jealous :-) I’ve been wanting to try the flavored Uncle Sam Cereals for MONTHS but all my local Whole Foods Markets carry are the plain flavor (which is great, of course, but it left me curious to try the others!). Honey Almond sounds delicious and I also hear the Strawberry Flavor is pretty incredible!

  34. Loving the jam idea! It’ll be perfect for the lbs of blueberries I’ll buy this summer!
    Congrats on your internship and hope you’re feeling better!
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  35. Hello! What an awesome blog, I can’t believe I haven’t found you sooner :-)

    These look just devine.

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