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Chewy Energy Bars Recipe

Chewy Energy Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chewy Energy Bars

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M_Eckenhoff User ID: 6627976 243333
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!"

mffenton User ID: 6037944 165081
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

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

bearnbaz User ID: 4662901 150030
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!"

Kessinger User ID: 6200719 103801
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."

ingaannie User ID: 6743682 164476
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

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

scrapo User ID: 2908723 169764
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"Good! The only things I did different was reduce the brown sugar (1/4 cup) & used agave nectar instead of corn syrup. Next time I might try honey instead of the nectar just to switch it up. Also used an all natural no sugar added peanut butter."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 166781
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"Good! The only things I did different was reduce the brown sugar (1/4 cup) & used agave nectar instead of corn syrup. Next time I might try honey instead of the nectar just to switch it up. Also used an all natural no sugar added peanut butter."

brogelle User ID: 6350670 169763
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"I was looking for a more healthy snack for my kids when I found this. Not only is it simple & fast to prepare but is YUMMY! Huge hit with my kiddos. We put ours in the fridge for a "cold' treat and they can't get enough! We will be making this again very soon!"

KathyMcDonald User ID: 4774763 95581
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Have made it twice now, & they went very fast!"

bergkat User ID: 3683414 96876
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"My kids love thiss recipe! I add minature chocolate chips. I have to make this recipe at least weekly because they love it so much"

allykenai User ID: 5170174 67898
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Just made these for the 2nd time. Wanted to say that I substituted 1/2 the corn syrup with honey and cut the brown sugar to 1/3 cup. I added sunflower seeds, craisins, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. These are very good! And still alot better for you than the store bought ones full of preservatives."

Caldwellgirl User ID: 6044914 166780
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"These are delicious and easy BUT they are so unhealthy! We need to alter the amount of brown sugar and corn syrup. They are dessert not a healthy snack."

allykenai User ID: 5170174 103799
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"Very good and fast. I will be making them with 1/2 cup corn syrup and 1/2 cup honey this week. Will also add some fruit (cranberries, apples, raisins, etc....). Whole family loved them!"

King's Daughter User ID: 5764255 150029
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"We loved these bars!! I added raisins and, after the syrup mixture was slightly cooled, mini chocolate chips. The next time i will decrease the amount of brown sugar as they are plenty sweet."

christyan17 User ID: 4120478 96875
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"Corn Syrup is TERRIBLE for you! These are fake energy bars. They will cause a sugar spike and then your energy will crash!!"

BettyCos User ID: 4097802 103783
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"I tried these today and they are very good. However I had to add twice the amount of crisp rice cereal to get the right consistency, otherwise they were very soupy. I added 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips but unfortunately I didn't wait for them to cool long enough so they melted. They were very good anyway and I will definitely make them again."

mhammer User ID: 4074252 164672
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"Question: What would be a good substitute for the corn syrup?"

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 125454
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"My son said these taste just like a peanut butter Cliff bar. Thanks for sharing."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 208853
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"I did not have wheat grem, so substituted a bran flake cereal, added some roasted nuts and a bit of dried fruit- very versitle, and would make a great school or picnic snack"

afs9 User ID: 5565213 67896
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"Haven't tried yet, but looks like the way I make my PB-rice-Krispie bars -- instead of corn syrup, I will use Agave syrup (thinner, natural and VERY sweet) and I tend to use natural peanut butter instead of the hydrogenated regular PB you find at the market. Can't wait to try! :)"

vieux User ID: 4712790 164474
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"jackiegene. you could try tahini (sesame paste) nice alternative. Either way, a very good recipe."

jackiegene User ID: 4479858 150027
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Question: Rather than peanut butter what could be used? Any ideas."

crunchpetie User ID: 4200736 95580
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"These are great and I also added Mini chocolate chips after cooled a little and it was even better..... It made it tast like no bake cookies. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.... :)"

lynnpat User ID: 2021882 125453
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"This is a yummy and easy dessert or snack. With the nutritious ingredients, I am happy to give these bars to my family any time. My teenager always begs for more!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4956373 95579
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"I have not made these yet, but wondered if anyone has tried to make these without the corn syrup. We are trying to avoid the stuff and wondered how it would turn out without it. Any ideas?"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1658274 150026
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"This is good, however, wouldn't rice bran syrup be better to help reduce the glycemic index?"

kimmy-3045 User ID: 1505612 67894
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"This is super easy and quick to prepare and it's ready right away. My kids and my daycare kids often request this for snack time."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 165080
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"Loved the convenience of fast prep. Very chewy indeed. Work fast when pouring mixture over dry ingredients. Just like rice krispie squares,and we all have made them before!"

jlwsmom User ID: 3584910 125448
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"This is a great recipe. It's as easy as rice krispie treats. Next time I might add chopped nuts or drizzle with chocolate for a no-bake cookie flavor."

tvollstedt User ID: 4011080 95418
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"I made these bars and added a small package of slivered almonds and a dash of cinnamon. Next time I'm going to try dried cranberries! They are a perfect addition to a packed lunch!"

scubadiver065 User ID: 4563192 67893
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"My husband wanted a pick me up around 2-4pm before he got home to dinner. We made these bars this weekend and will last all week."

fishyoda User ID: 4759125 77274
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"A super yummy snack! I was planning on making Rice Krispies treats with my kids but the magazine arrived in the mailbox just in time! =) I doubled the batch and made thicker bars. The hardest part was stirring it all together. YUMMY!"

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