I'm no longer sure of the source for this recipe...not that I followed the original anyway! I am boycotting corn syrup now and needed an energy bar that I could make at home! This recipe is easy and versatile...and everyone in my family will eat these bars! No butter and no sugar! But soooo good!
- 1 cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 2⁄3 cup natural smooth peanut butter
- 2 2⁄3 cups regular rolled oats
- 1⁄3 cup ground pecans (or wheat germ)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or regular)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups nuts or 2 cups seeds or 2 cups coconut or 2 cups chopped dried fruit or 2 cups chocolate chips, etc
- Warm honey slightly in microwave and combine with peanut butter.
- Add oats, ground pecans, flour, and cinnamon.
- Stir in nuts, chips, dried fruit, etc.
- (My favorite combo is 1/2°C of dried fruit, 1/2°C of mini choc. chips, 1/2°C chopped almonds, 1/4°C sunflower seeds, and 1/4°C ground flax seeds).
- PRESS DOWN FIRMLY and evenly in sprayed 9x13 pan.
- Bake @ 350 for about 15 minutes - edges will begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and cut IMMEDIATELY into 20 bars.
- Allow to cool completely.
- I wrap bars individually for easy grabbing in the mornings!
Love this recipe! Great to keep you satisfied for a long time. I have made this recipe several times using the exact ingredients but now I have made a couple of changes. Using almond butter instead of peanut butter and because I am trying to cut down on calories, I use about half a cup of honey and one small tub of applesauce to make one cup of honey/applesauce combo, which makes the bars a little more moist. This is now one of my staple recipes, i will never buy another store bought granola bar unless I am desperate!
These were good, if perhaps a little chewy for me. I did reduce the recipe by half, so perhaps I made a mistake, however, I'd like a bit more crunch. Gotta figure out how...Thanks for sharing a good basic recipe, Singin'Chef.
These are so darn good! I omitted the cinnamon cuz I wasn't sure how that would work with peanut butter. I have already eaten one and they are right out of the oven. I don't even care if the kids don't like them, but what's not to like. I halved the recipe just in case I end up eating all of these cut the kids don't like them. Not overly sweet or peanut buttery. Thanks for sharing this gem! Made for Best of 2012 Tag game!