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Peanut Energy Bars

Peanut Energy Bars
 
Peanut Energy Bars
Energy bars can be great between-meals snacks, but some bars are quite expensive. Stretch your budget by making these tasty energy bars from NDSU Extension Service. On average, they cost about 31 cents per bar.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. dry-roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/4 c. roasted sunflower seeds or other chopped nuts
  • 1 c. raisins or other chopped dried fruit
  • 1 c. rolled or instant oats
  • 1 c. toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 c. creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Coat a 9- by 13-inch baking pad with cooking spray.
  2. Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruit), oats, chocolate chips (if desired) and rice cereal in a large bowl.
  3. Combine peanut butter, brown sugar and honey in a large microwaveable bowl; microwave on high until bubbling, one to two minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Press down firmly. (It helps to coat your fingers with cooking spray.) Let stand for about one hour to harden. Cut into bars.
  5. Wrap securely in plastic wrap or in small zip-top bags for an on-the-go snack.

Makes 16 servings.

Per serving (without chocolate chips): about 170 calories, 5 grams (g) fat, 4 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber and 95 milligrams sodium

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