This carbohydrate-rich bar, full of nuts, seeds, fruit and oats, was adapted from Amy Harrison's prize-winning submission in the Plains (Georgia) Peanut Festival recipe competition sponsored by The Peanut Institute. It includes a little protein, and is a great grab-and-go pre-workout snack on mornings when you don't have time to digest a full meal.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
16
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Coat an 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruit), oats, rice cereal and wheat germ (if using) in a large bowl.

  • Combine peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup (or honey) in a large microwaveable bowl; microwave on High until bubbling, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until coated.

  • Transfer the 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.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and keep at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

260 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 42.7g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 2.9g 12% DV; sugars 27g; fat 8.7g 13% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 137.7IU 3% DV; vitamin c 2.8mg 5% DV; folate 56.3mcg 14% DV; calcium 21.3mg 2% DV; iron 2.2mg 12% DV; magnesium 46mg 16% DV; potassium 242.2mg 7% DV; sodium 70.8mg 3% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.

Reviews (27)

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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2014
no thanks. puffed rice. Corn syrup. No thanks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These bars were very yummy and filling but they were a bit crumbly. They just wouldn't stay in one piece. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe! I've made it many times. It's a quick breakfast or snack. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I love these bars! Easy and quick to make. I have shared these bars with others and they couldn't believe these were not store-bought. I agree with other posters: it is hard to keep the "bars" from crumbling apart but I have found putting them in the refrigerator before cutting them into bars helps. I also think this is a great recipe to tweak to your liking while keeping in mind the nutritional differences this makes to the overall recipe. Perfect for mid-afternoon snacks to hold you over until dinner or breakfasts on the run. Bil Omaha NE Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Not sure I will make again I was disappointed when I made this. I should have read the previous reviews first. The bars did not stay together and I thought they were a bit bland and too sweet. I used corn syrup. Maybe if you use more peanut butter less corn syrup (or honey instead) and add some semi-sweet chocolate chips or something they would be better. I'm going to try using what I made as a granola with plain yogurt. Pros: No baking involved very easy to make Cons: Bars do not stay together too sweet for my taste Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are awesome. I did make modifications to use only what I had on-hand. Added 2 scoops of protein powder as suggested by another reviewer (mine was vanilla). Subbed in for items I didn't have: almonds for seeds 1/4c dark choc chunks for raisins chopped Cheerios for Rice Krispies. Possibly all of subs caused the dry and crumbly but storing them in the fridge does seem to help keep them together. Next time I will use a little more peanut butter to help them stick together. And I've got all the missing ingredients on my grocery list. So I'm not reviewing the recipe as written but this is a testiment to the versatility of the recipe. So good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We loved these bars! So tasty and good for you. I substituted Cheerios for the rice cereal and since I didn't have any peanut butter I took whole almonds and made my own almond butter in my food processor. Instead of using raisins I cut up 1 cup of dried apricots and 1 cup of mixed fried fruit. These are very versatile as far as the ingredients go you can mix and match whatever you like. Really delicious! Gayle Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
These bars are great! Next time I will use more peanut butter and less honey as suggested by other reviewers Pros: Perfect energy for after my gym work out-quick pick me up. Cons: Bars don't stay together so they are hard to eat as a bar! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made these many times sometimes using different nuts and dried fruits. Today I didn't have rice krispies so I used cheerios instead. Also added a little coconut to the mix. YUMMY! This recipe always turns out great! Read More