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Peanut Butter Snack Bars

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars
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"These are Mike's favorite bars--a combination of energy bars, granola bars, and cereal bars. These can be adapted to your taste with fruits, nuts, seeds, chocolate, etc. Also, depending on your selection of ingredients, you can go 100% natural/organic."
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Ingredients

1 h servings 172
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 bars)

Directions

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  1. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spread chocolate evenly over prepared baking dish.
  2. Toast oats, wheat germ, and flax seed in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until oats are lightly golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer oat mixture to a large bowl and stir in crispy rice cereal, cornflake crumbs, almonds, and salt.
  3. Heat honey, peanut butter, brown sugar, agave nectar, canola oil, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture begins to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture; gently stir until well mixed.
  4. Spread peanut butter-cereal mixture into the baking dish. Place another sheet of parchment over the mixture and firmly press into the dish until even. Allow to completely cool before removing from baking dish and slicing.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Can use quick or old fashioned oats. You can skip the toasting step, but I find it adds a great flavor.
  • Can use either honey or Karo®, or any combination of the two.
  • Can use maple syrup in place of the agave, if that is more your taste.
  • Instead of almonds and chocolate, can use 1 1/2 cups of any mixture of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or chips. Anything that might melt, should be sprinkled along the bottom of pan, otherwise it just melts and blends in when adding the peanut butter mix. Everything else can be mixed in the with oats.
  • Tip
  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 172 calories; 7.5 24.8 4 0 105 Full nutrition

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Of course I love it, it's mine. I usually use homemade peanut butter, which has little to no sweetener, so if you are using store bought (even natural) you might want to cut back on the other s...

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I didn't like these at all - they had a bad aftertaste - I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth until I brushed my teeth. Woul not make this again.

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Of course I love it, it's mine. I usually use homemade peanut butter, which has little to no sweetener, so if you are using store bought (even natural) you might want to cut back on the other s...

Wow!! I feel Honored to be the First to review your recipe!! These are Prefect in every way! omg!! They taste AMAZING! the measurements are spot on!No need to make any adjustments Outstanding!!!

Maybe I shouldn't be reviewing this since I changed so much, but I thought this recipe was a great reference if you're experimenting with cereal/granola bars. My changes: I used chopped dried ap...

This was a wonderful recipe. Instead of using the crispy rice cereal and corn flakes I used what I had, Life cereal (crunched up), and Honey bunches of oats. And instead of wheat germ I used Oat...

Made it just as the recipe describes. Very tasty. Today I am going to make another batch and substitute left over grain from beer making instead of the rolled oats and also increase the binder ...

This was a very good base recipe and easily customizable. I made as is but next time I will omit the cinnamon. Even though I added slightly less than called for, it was still too much for me ...

A very adaptable recipe...however, I couldn't imagine putting 1/4 flax seed into it...that would be all it would taste like! 1 Tbsp was plenty to have the flavor and crunch. Grape Nuts were good...

This was delicious and definitely a recipe keeper. My son eats through granola bars like you wouldn't believe and now I can control the processed food and sugar by making them myself. Only mad...

I didn't like these at all - they had a bad aftertaste - I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth until I brushed my teeth. Woul not make this again.