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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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 bars
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spread chocolate evenly over prepared baking dish.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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(R), 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.

Nutrition Facts

172 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 24.8g 8% DV; fat 7.5g 12% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 105.3mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2014
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 sweeteners. Also some reviewers commented on only boiling the peanut butter mixture 2 minutes I don't even boil it that long I just let it come up to a boil which takes 3-5 minutes from when I turn the heat on. Love that everyone is playing with the ingredients change up the cereal grains nuts seeds chips etc. The peanut butter chocolate is our favorite and I always use the PB sometimes with the almonds sometimes more peanuts. I have done white chocolate & almonds. I've used golden Graham's for the cereal and replace the nuts with mini marshmallow for a s'more like bar. Did pecans & a white chocolate & cinnamon chip mix. Enjoy your creations. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/31/2017
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. Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2014
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 sweeteners. Also some reviewers commented on only boiling the peanut butter mixture 2 minutes I don't even boil it that long I just let it come up to a boil which takes 3-5 minutes from when I turn the heat on. Love that everyone is playing with the ingredients change up the cereal grains nuts seeds chips etc. The peanut butter chocolate is our favorite and I always use the PB sometimes with the almonds sometimes more peanuts. I have done white chocolate & almonds. I've used golden Graham's for the cereal and replace the nuts with mini marshmallow for a s'more like bar. Did pecans & a white chocolate & cinnamon chip mix. Enjoy your creations. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2014
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!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2014
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 apricots instead of chocolate 1/4 c or more of wheat flour instead of wheat germ cheerios instead of rice crispies frosted mini wheat crumbs instead of corn flake crumbs half and half almonds and pecans added a little cococunt and sunflower seeds. Wet ingredients: omitted the peanut butter and agave reduced the amount of sugar and honey and added 2 eggs. I mixed it all up then combined it with the dry ingredients and baked it at 325F for 30 minutes. Yumm. This recipe is so adaptable. And delicious:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2014
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 Bran. It really turned out great! When you boil the honey and peanut butter mixture only let it boil for about 2 minutes. My batch got a little crunchy instead of chewy. But this is a great recipe where you can interchange some of the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2014
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 made minor changes because I didn't have rice cereal so I doubled the flakes. Added sunflower seeds and used natural peanut butter. May try to reduce the brown sugar by half next time because they are sweet for my taste but not a huge deal breaker. Agree with the previous review to only boil for about 2 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2015
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 & took away from the peanut butter & chocolate. I will also add more binder & bake this for about 5 to 7 minutes because it crumbled. Thanks for submitting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2014
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 in it too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
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 to make them a little more chewy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2015
I love the adaptability of this recipe. Will be making this again and again with more variations. So glad I stumpled upon it:) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/31/2017
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. Read More