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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

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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; 8.7 g total fat; 1.3 g saturated fat; 71 mg sodium. 242 mg potassium; 42.7 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 5.4 g protein; 138 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 56 mcg folate; 21 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 46 mg magnesium;

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: 5 stars
02/03/2018
I used creamy peanut butter and a mix of dried cranberries blueberries and cherries. I did not use the wheat germ and accidently forgot to add the vanilla. They turned out great! To ensure the bars stay together you must press REALLY FIRMLY into the pan. I really didn't have any issues. Everyone loved them and I will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
Everyone's Face brightened and were surprised how great these taste! They didn't last 2 days in my house! I made a few changes: omitted the raisins/dried fruit completely used brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup omitted the vanilla flax meal instead of wheat germ bc that's what I had on hand added 1/8 c mini chocolate bits Got them to combine and they held together great. My kids and adult guests raved!! Thank you for the recipe... making theses again tomorrow. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2014
Better With Oil and Egg I make a similar recipe all the time with a few modifications- add in 1/4 c. flour 1 large egg and 1/2 c. canola or olive oil. This basic start can be modified (along with the 2 c. oats) to be whatever you can dream of! I don't like rice krispies but often add coconut and ground flax meal to mine for an extra kick of protein! Pros: Healthy! Cons: Dry Crumbly Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2014
no thanks. puffed rice. Corn syrup. No thanks. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/14/2013
peanut oatmeal crumble i read reviews and put over a cup of peanut butter but I really should have halfed the oatmeal and rice krispies as well. they taste good in small quantity as long as you have a large glass of water/milk with you. its extreamely dry and crumbly. its okay for the family(the boys eat anything) but I would never take the recipe to anyone Pros: no bake would mix in well with ice cream Cons: not in any way a bar Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2013
Easy nutritious snack to put together! Good flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. I like that there's room for substitutions (nuts dried fruits) to change things up every time you make these. I made sure to really push the mixture down into the pan after reading some of the reviews but the bottom was pretty crumbly. Next time I plan to use more peanut butter! Pros: No baking required Cons: Don't hold together super well Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2012
Crumbling issue fix I added chocolate chips to the warm honey mixture so they melted. They were more like chocolate peanut bars. I didn't have any crumbling issues so that must have helped. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love these bars! I make a batch every week for pre-workout breakfasts and snacks. The recipe is super flexible and I mix and match other nuts and dried fruits. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I gave it five stars because my 10 year old son who can be extremely picky loves these! He ate several of them in one day. They will be great to send in his lunches. My husband and me both enjoyed them too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family LOVES LOVES this recipe! The original is great but I tried some additional variations too which we liked better. Firstly I toasted the oatmeal in the oven for 45 min. on low heat. This makes the oats crispier. I use almonds and walnuts instead of peanuts and sunflower seeds (I add them to the oatmeal while toasting 10 min. before end). Last time I tried out omitting the peanut butter and instead processed dates with the same amount of honey. It held - but not quite as well and tasted great. Oh and I forgot to mention that I doubled the recipe and both pans were finished within 2 days... 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
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
To boost the protein I added 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder dry ingredients. Nice chocolate flavor and helped balance out the carbs. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These bars are great. It is an easy switched flexible recipe. I just added 3/4 cup of peanut butter. 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
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It wasn't bad. I have to say I do not like dried fruit so I removed it. It wasn't too bad. Not something I would eat every day but hey in a pinch and need a little protein it was great. By removing the dried fruit I also cut out some of the carbs and sugar. I did up the peanut butter and nuts a bit. I will definitely try adding a bit of protein powder to my next batch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have used this recipe as a demonstration in my high school Sports Nutrition class and they love it!! I really enjoy giving my students easy healthy alternatives that are less expensive than the ones found in stores. Keep up the good work!! Read More
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: 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
This recipe was delicious and versatile. I love how I can switch it up to be however I want. BUT my bars never ended up holding the 'bar' shape. So I stuck the crumbles in a tupperware and put it in the fridge and I ate a little bit at a time. It's very filling though! PS: Does anybody know how to keep the 'bar' shape?? 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
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yummy but a bit too sweet for me. Also sitting for 1 hour didn't allow the bars to stick together. I would suggest putting it in the fridge for an hour or two after combining everything. Maybe more peanut butter and less honey would help with both things. Overall very good. Read More
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: 5 stars
10/29/2011
What's not to like? You can swap out ingredients and throw in your favorites. I use wheat germ and protien powder sometimes coconut cranraisins chopped dates seasame seeds mini choclate chips other types of cereals the options are endless. I make it every week and have developed a "hand" for knowing how much to put in. Yes it can get crumbly (some batches more than others according to the ingredients) but I just save the crumbles in the fridge and add them back into the next weeks batch. Don't be afraid to press hard when transfering from bowl to sheet. I line with wax paper and cover with wax paper to press then pop them in the fridge. The peanut butter in the mix will solidify. This helps to keep them together. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A Household Favorite My husband has become spoiled and loves these so much he requests I make them every week for his breakfast. I have subbed all kinds of dried berries and nuts but my favorite combo is half raisins half dried cranberries. I've also made them with a few semi-sweet chocolate chips scattered on the bottom of the dish before I press in the granola mix. I tried adding the extra tablespoon of butter which helps them stick together better. I agree with the previous poster that you REALLY have to press very hard--really mash everything together--when putting it in your dish. The harder you press the more they stick together. Let them cool in the refrigerator for at least two hours before cutting. If you store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator they also stay better together. I've passed this recipe on the several other people and they all love it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
New Energy Staple If you like the Chewy Trailmix Bars you'll love these. Just follow the ratios when customizing for success. I substitute coarse chopped (organic) wheat puffs for the rice cereal sneak in protein and fiber powder and choose the honey/organic pb/brn sugar for the sticky part. Press them well into the pan to prevent crumbling with a silicone pan they will pop out with no mess. Keep refrigerated for best results. I quickly grab off a hunk and stuff into a - c. container for the afternoon sweet fix. Others at work demanded the recipe and it has become a staple for me. Pros: Yummy and filling recipe is versatile Cons: Can be crumbly a sweet treat that is high in carbs - pay attention to your portion size 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: 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