Peanut Energy Bars
From Eating Well magazine. I haven't tried it yet but am looking forward to it!
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 1⁄2 cup peanuts, dry roasted and salted
- 1⁄2 cup sunflower seeds, roasted (or any other kind of nut)
- 2 cups raisins, chopped (or any other kind of dried fruit)
- 2 cups rolled oats or 2 cups instant oats
- 2 cups toasted rice cereal
- 1⁄4 cup toasted wheat germ (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup natural-style peanut butter
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Coat a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruit), oats, rice cereal and wheat germ or flax seed meal (if using) in a large bowl.
- Combine peanut butter, brown sugar and honey in a large microwaveable bowl and microwave on high or boil on stove top until bubbling (1 to 2 minutes).
- Add vanilla and stir until blended.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until covered.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Press down firmly (It helps to coat your fingers with cooking spray). Let stand for about 1 hour to harden.
- Cut into bars.
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I have made this several* times now, and make substitutions with on hand items (nuts, flax, pumpkin seeds, dried fruits & berries, etc.). Very easy to go organic or 'raw' with this recipe (I used puffed millet instead of 'rice' cereal). I added a few Tablespoons of molasses to give it more 'glue.' I always keep it in 'granola' form & take a cupful to eat on my way to work. A great healthy, flexible recipe.1Reply
5 stars for the flavor of these, I agree that they are wonderful! I'm giving it 4 stars because I had the same problem that the first reviewer did with them not holding together very well. I made a full recipe and used 1/2 c of honey, I will try 3/4 c honey next time as Sara 76 recommends. Thanks for sharing!Reply
These are fantastic! I love them, as do the kids! they are quick and easy to make, full of good stuff, and so tasty! I used 3/4C honey, based on the previous review, and they turned out perfect. I used a large drinking glass as a rolling pin, to press the mixture down firmly, and and I popped it in the fridge for an hour before I cut it. Thankyou for sharing such a fabulous recipe! [Made for Fall 08 PAC]Reply
The taste of these were heavenly! It was hard to stop eating it. However, they didn't stay together very well, too crumbly. I did, however, half the recipe because it made too much for so maybe the wet/dry ratio doesn't work halving. What I did was just crumble it all up and use it like granola. I'm going to keep tinkering with this to get it to hold together better because they were delicious!!Reply
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