Active.com tweeted about healthy recipes to give this season and the peanutty energy bars sparked my attention.
I went to make them and was missing some key ingredients(half of the oatmeal), so I just added in more nuts and dried fruit and they turned out great.
Here’s what I used:
- 3/4 cup of quick oats
- 1 1/2 cups of unsugared cereal(I used Cheerios that I crushed up a little, the recipe recommended rice krispies)
- 3/4 cup dried fruits of choice(I used a combo of raisins, cranberries, papaya and pineapple)
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of nuts of choice(I used almonds, cashews, peanuts and sunflower seeds)
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Mix peanut butter, light corn syrup, and brown sugar in microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 2 minutes.
- While that is in the microwave, mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- When the microwaved ingredients are finished heating, add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix ingredients until smooth.
- Pour warm liquid ingredients into dry mixture and mix until well combined and dry ingredients are well coated.
- Spread mixture evenly into a 9×13 pan and press down with a silicone spatula or with lightly oiled hands. I lined the pan with wax paper so they could be easily lifted out.
- Let set for one hour, lift out of pan and then cut into granola bars.
- Wrap individually in wax paper and eat when hungry or share with friends.
These turned out awesome and took no time to throw together. I can’t wait to make them again and change up the ingredients. It seems like a pretty fail-proof recipe.