September 29, 2009

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

source: Food Network

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups crisp brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup  roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup  dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup  dried figs or dates, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, canola oil, brown sugar, cinnamon. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, peanuts, apricots, figs and salt.

Pour peanut butter mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir gently with a spatula until well combined. Transfer to baking dish, cover with parchment paper and press firmly into dish. Allow to cool completely (will cool faster in the refrigerator). Cut into squares or bars.

2 comments:

Melody said...

Yummy! Looks way better than the store bought ones!

tryn2bgreen said...

I can NOT get enough of these! Last batch, I used a dried pineapple, dried mango combo, almonds and peanuts, plus a small amount of dark chocolate chips (which melt when mixed with the warm peanut butter and OMG...you get the picture). Although I realize I have made this batch a bit dessertish they still have the good stuff ;-). Plus they get me through a run and keep me full until lunch. I suggest experimenting with these!!