Thursday, August 25, 2005
Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Source: Eating Well via Joe's Blog
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (toasted in a 350º oven for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant)
2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup Lyle's Golden Syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried fruits, oats and cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
Whisk the peanut butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup and Golden syrup in a medium microwavable bowl and heat on high until mixture is bubbling, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Press the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. (If mixture is sticky, use a bit of cooking spray on your hands or coat a piece of wax paper with cooking spray and use the paper to help you press the mixture into the pan.) Let bars cool for 1 hour before cutting into bars.
Makes about 16 bars.