Chewy Energy Bars Recipe
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Chewy Energy Bars Recipe

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My husband and I put these in our lunch, but they're also a nice portable breakfast or snack. They're quick, store well and easy to keep on hand. —Sharon Rast, Show Low, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 212 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, oats and wheat germ. In a small saucepan, combine the corn syrup, peanut butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until peanut butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture; mix well.
  2. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square pan. Gently press cereal mixture evenly into pan. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Energy Bars in Simple & Delicious August/September 2010, p47

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Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"After my husband passed I had to start working full-time so I needed to find a quick breakfast that the kids could eat in the car on the way to preschool/daycare. It's taken a year of experimenting but we've settled into a groove with the following spin-off recipe: Like other readers I have substituted most of the corn syrup out; currently use 1/2C Honey 7Tb Corn syrup 1Tb Molasses, a scant 1/4 C brown sugar and 1 C peanut butter (not homemade or "natural" PB though, I found the additional oils or perhaps the lack of emulsifiers in those caused the bars to not set-up properly), 1 C Brown Rice Cereal, 1C rolled oats, 1/2 C wheat germ, 1/2 C Wheat Bran, 2Tb Millet. I routinely forget to add the vanilla, I don't find that it really makes a difference... Anyway, I'm giving 4 stars because even without my substitutions they are delicious and it was a great jumping off point for our weekday breakfasts!"

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"Everyone in our family absolutely loves these bars. And they're pretty easy to make even for older kids."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"As is the recipe is so unhealthy. I used organic brown crisp rice cereal, 1/2 cup maple syrup instead of the unhealthy corn syrop, natural nut butter, and some carob chips. We need to stop using corn syrup!"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"This recipe cut into 32 bars is more usable by diabetics and children and non-athletic

type people. Cutting into 16 bars, can't see how anyone would get 18 bars out of a 9x9 panful, is just too many carbs and calories. Cut into 32 bars and adding a
4 oz serving of yogurt or small fresh fruit is showing healthy wisdom in your choices."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"I make this one often - they are easy to make and good to eat - the whole family loves them!"

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