We bike and hike several times a week and take these bars with us for a tasty boost of carbs and protein. Wrapped individually and frozen, they are easy to stuff in a pack on your way out the door.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
total:
30 mins
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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  • Combine the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring until fragrant and toasted. Salt lightly, and set aside to cool.

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  • Combine the dates, raisins, apricots, cherries, chocolate chips and the toasted seeds in the container of a food processor. Pulse to chop until small but not pasty. Transfer to a large bowl, and mix with oats and crisp rice cereal.

  • In a small glass bowl, mix together the corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. Heat in the microwave until bubbly. Stir in the powdered milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the bowl of cereal and goodies, and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is evenly coated.

  • Press the mixture into a greased 10x15 inch jellyroll pan using wet hands. Cut into squares, and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 46.6g 15% DV; fat 13.9g 21% DV; cholesterol 5.2mg 2% DV; sodium 171.3mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2007
Oooh! These are really good! Made them just a bit more healthy by using all bran cereal honey in place of corn syrup and cut the white sugar amount in half. I put in a few cups of granola for the bran too! I boiled the peanut butter mixture over the stove and it was having trouble getting to the right consistency so I added applesauce until it was runny enough to coat the cereal mixture. About 1/2 cup of applesauce worked great. A new favorite!:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2011
These bars were good but I was very disappointed when after all that work there is no instruction for baking. I baked at maybe 350 for 25 min and they burned therefore ruining the taste. Next time I will watch them closely and cook on a lower temp. Read More
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77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2007
Oooh! These are really good! Made them just a bit more healthy by using all bran cereal honey in place of corn syrup and cut the white sugar amount in half. I put in a few cups of granola for the bran too! I boiled the peanut butter mixture over the stove and it was having trouble getting to the right consistency so I added applesauce until it was runny enough to coat the cereal mixture. About 1/2 cup of applesauce worked great. A new favorite!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2005
Great recipe- my husband loves them and he is a die hard 'cliff bar' eater. I read the other reviews regarding the need for more liquid to hold the bars together and I found it wasn't really needed if you followed a few tips. First the peanut butter mixture needs to be really hot(like the recipe says- BUBBLING)- even after you mix in the powdered milk- if not it is virtually impossible to stir it into the cereal mixture. Also really press the mixture hard into the greased pan- pack it in and it will stay together. I found that we wanted the bars packed tight so that they would be more sturdy when packed for the trail without falling apart. Try adding different fruits and white chocolate instead of semi-sweet. My husband loved banana chips dates and white chocolate with the peanut butter. Again- GREAT recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
Wow! Great recipe Janowa. My grandchildren love these as do I!They gobbled up so many I was afraid they'd be bouncing off the walls on a sugar high. This morning I made another batch this time I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup brown (the dried fruits have lots already) I added Wheat germ and ground almonds for additional calcium Vit B and minerals. They were tasty too and my grandchildren won't even suspect that there's wheat germ in them.Thanks for this great recipe that becomes a roadmap to better nutrition for our kids! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
This is the best recipe for homemade "power bars" I have found on the internet. I did cut out the sugar but added pre-sweetened protein powder instead of milk powder. I decreased the rice cereal to 6 cups and changed the peanut butter to almond butter for a healthier bar. These are so much tastier than store bought--super processed ones!!! Thanks for the recipe idea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2008
I sent these to my honey in Iraq and the guys LOVED them!!! They travel very well and I made some minor changes...replaced the chocolate chips with M&M's (with 108 degree heat over there they hold up MUCH better!!) and I used dried mixed berries and dried apples - coarsely chopped used honey and corn syrup but left the sugar and no sesame seeds...had a hard time mixing but I thin the PB mixture needs to be reallllly hot for it to work. Smashed into a 9x13 pan then chilled in the freezer before cutting into bars. Wrapped in foil then plastic baggies and away they went! That was a week ago and they already "need" more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2005
These are delicious and although they aren't low in fat or calories they are a healthy boost of energy. I used half honey and half cornsyrup dried cranberries instead of cherries and did not add the sugar in order to cut back on calories. I am glad I didn't as they would have been way too sweet. Perfect snack for hiking day trips or busy events. I will definitley make these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2004
This was really good - like a healthier version of rice krispies squares. I added some flax seed and left out the chocolate chips. I also replaced half the sugar with honey after reading reviews about the dryness. It turned out perfect and held together beautifully. I'll definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2003
I had a little trouble with this recipe at first. The peanut butter mixture didn't seem to be enough to glue the cereal together so I had to make extra. Also I found heating the peanut butter and syrup in the microwave messy and more trouble than it's worth. Next time I will cook the mixture in a big pot on the stove then gradually add the cereal which I think will help it mix more evenly. The end result though is fantastic and much better than those expensive energy bars that you buy in the store. They are great for breakfast and a mid-afternoon snack. This one is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2007
I loved this! I altered it a bit for my tastes and what I had around. Instead of apricots and cherrries I just used cranberries. I used milk chocolate chips and used half corn syrup/half honey. I also only did about 1/4 C sugar because I used sweetened protein powder and wheat germ in place of the powdered milk. Unfortunately I had no almond extract. I altered it quite a bit but that's the fun of this one! Very adaptable to tastes and what you have on hand. It's great for snacking when you're too busy for a full meal! Play with it and munch! Yummy... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2011
These bars were good but I was very disappointed when after all that work there is no instruction for baking. I baked at maybe 350 for 25 min and they burned therefore ruining the taste. Next time I will watch them closely and cook on a lower temp. Read More
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