Peanut Energy Bars


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.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
16 bars
Nutrition Profile:


  • ½ 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)

  • ½ cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup, or honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  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 Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
9g Fat
43g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 5g 11%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Vitamin A 138IU 3%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 56mcg 14%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 46mg 11%
Potassium 242mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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