Peanutty Energy Bars

  • Yield 16 servings

This prizewinning recipe offers a yummy alternative to commercial energy bars.

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).

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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

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