Peanutty Energy Bars

  • Yield: 16 servings

These homemade bars are perfect for when you are hiking or biking, as well as for a satisfying afternoon snack. They are relatively high in fat, but it’s healthful fat from peanuts and sunflower seeds. For variety, you can make this recipe with cashews and cashew butter and add a variety of dried fruits (cranberries, cherries, and dates).


1/2cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
1/2cup roasted sunflower seed kernels, or use more peanuts or other nuts
1/2cup raisins or other dried fruit
2cups uncooked oatmeal, old-fashioned or instant
2cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1/2cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
1/2cup packed brown sugar
1/2cup light corn syrup
1teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, oatmeal, and toasted rice cereal (and wheat germ). Set aside.
  2. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended.
  3. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients; stir until coated.
  4. For squares, spoon the mixture into an 8- X 8-inch pan coated with cooking spray; for bars spoon it into a 9- X 13-inch pan. Press down firmly. (It helps to coat your fingers with margarine, oil, or cooking spray.)
  5. Let stand for about an hour, then cut into squares or bars.

From Nancy Clark’s Recipes for Athletes app, available on the iTunes store

Recipe courtesy of The Peanut Institute

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 225
  • Fat 9 g
  • Carbohydrate 30 g
  • Protein 6 g