16 February 2012

Peanutty Granola Bars

Earlier this week my husband asked me to pick him some granola bars up from the store for a snack. I got some but I really wanted to make some homemade ones. After trying three different times I finally came up with something that is good and a “healthier” snack. These bars makes the store bought ones look bad! J Even ask my hubs. He loves  them. They are peanutty, gooey and nutty granola bars. I hope you all try these because they are out of this world good. I typically wouldn’t eat these only because I’m not a huge peanut or granola bar fan but I even thought these were amazing! Yes, I know the store bought ones are only 90 calories or so but I remember my new year’s resolutions. One being, no more boxed foods and I really wanted to try making some. My thinking is, eat half a bar = half the calories! That’s something I always love to think J I’m sure I’m not the only one! Enjoy this new recipe and try making them for the office. They will fly off the plate!

Servings: 12
Total time: 10 minutes prep, 1 hour let stand

§  ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
§  ½ pistachios, or any other nuts you prefer
§  ½ dried cherries or raisins
§  1 cup old fashioned oats
§  1 ½ cups toasted rice cereal
§  ½ cup creamy peanut butter
§  ½ cup packed brown sugar
§  ½ cup light corn syrup
§  1 teaspoon vanilla
1.       Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.       Mix first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Set aside.
3.       Combine peanut butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. Microwave for 2 minutes.
4.       Add vanilla to peanut butter mixture and stir until well combined.
5.       Add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture and stir until coated.
6.       Spoon mixture into a pan.
7.       Press down firmly (helps to lightly spray hands with nonstick spray) let stand for hour before cutting.
8.       Cut into 12 bars.


Nutritional Information
1 bar
Calories: 225
Fat: 9g
Carbohydrates: 30g
Protein: 6g


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