“Make your specialty” was the suggestion of the organizers of this year’s Spring Fling. It’s an annual fun filled day for the PTO to raise money for our public schools. They have games, a dunk tank for the principals, raffles and a sweet shop. I immediately thought of my new favorite bars. These are like eating cookies but they are filled with healthy whole grain oats and omega 3 protein rich nuts. They are so great because you can customize them with whatever you have in the cupboard. I’ve used a wide assortment of ingredients in these babies.
Peanut Energy Bars
Recipe Adapted from: Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup other nuts/seeds (I used 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and 1/4 cup chopped almonds)
- 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
- 2 cups oatmeal (I used 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal and 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal)
- 2 cups rice krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I included a small amount of nutella as well)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix nuts, raisins, oatmeal and cereal. In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, honey and corn syrup. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Pour peanut butter mixture onto dry ingrediants and stir until completely coated. Pour half of mixture into a 9×13 dish. Sprinkle half the chocolate chips over top. Pour the rest of the mixture on top of the chocolate chips and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top. Press firmly into dish and let stand for an hour or more.
I am such a little piggy when it comes to these bars.