Peanut Energy Bars

25 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine July/August 2008

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.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 1/2 cup dry roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds, or other chopped nuts
  • 2 cups raisins, or other chopped dried fruit
  • 2 cups rolled or instant oats
  • 2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ, (optional)
  • 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

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  1. Coat an 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruit), oats, rice cereal and wheat germ (if using) in a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  • 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 information

  • Per serving: 260 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 43 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 56 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 27 g sugars; 138 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 21 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 71 mg sodium; 242 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat

Reviews 25

September 30, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
January 08, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
no thanks. puffed rice. Corn syrup. No thanks.
August 14, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
May 29, 2013
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By: velicularassault
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
July 03, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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.
July 24, 2011
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By: cmcutuli
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
May 17, 2011
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By: lisa
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!
February 28, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
New Energy Staple If you like the Chewy Trailmix Bars, youGÇÖll 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
February 09, 2011
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By: daugherty.rebecca
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.

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