My roommate and I like to have healthy snacks around to munch on. We usually have fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, yogurt, and things like that on hand. Sometimes, though I like to make a little something extra to help us get through the week, whether it’s homemade muffins or scones for breakfast, or homemade cookies for dessert. Granola bars are great because they’re the perfect snack or breakfast on-the-go. I tried making them once a couple of years ago, but I was disappointed with the results. They just didn’t stick together very well and ended up crumbling apart in our hands while we ate them. So I kept looking for another recipe to try.
These Peanut Energy Bars were a complete success. They tasted great and they stuck together like a proper granola bar should! These kept very well in an airtight container for a few days. If you’re looking for something healthy and yummy to add to your pantry and grab on your way to work next week, give these a try!
Notes: you can definitely substitute different nuts or dried fruits according to your tastes. Just make sure that you have 2 cups of dried fruit, and 1/2 cup nuts. I did have to purchase a few specialty items that were not already in our pantry, but they will keep forever and I’ll definitely be making these again soon!
Peanut Energy Bars
Source: Adapted from Culinary in the Desert, originally from Eating Well
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apple
1 cup dried cranberries
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups crisped brown rice cereal
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup brown rice syrup (you can also use light corn syrup)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large bowl, toss together the peanuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins, apple, oats and rice cereal.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together peanut butter, brown sugar, brown rice syrup and honey. Microwave until the mixture is bubbling, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and stir in vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir together until well-coated.
Scoop the mixture into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan coated with cooking spray. Coat hands with cooking spray – evenly and firmly press the mixture down. Set aside and let rest for 1 hour before cutting into bars.
Makes about 16 bars.