Next time I will use more peanut butter and less honey as suggested by other reviewers
Peanut Energy Bars
From EatingWell: 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.
24 Reviews for Peanut Energy Bars
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 ¼ c. container for the afternoon sweet fix. Others at work demanded the recipe and it has become a staple for me.
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.
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.
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.