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Chewy Energy Bars

This energy bar recipe is quick to make and easy to store. My husband and I put these homemade granola bars in our lunch, but they're also a nice portable breakfast or snack. —Sharon Rast, Show Low, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. square pan. Gently press cereal mixture evenly into pan. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 212 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • M_Eckenhoff
    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
    Jun 24, 2014

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

  • bearnbaz
    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
    Aug 18, 2012

    This recipe cut into 32 bars is more usable by diabetics and children and non-athletictype 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 a4 oz serving of yogurt or small fresh fruit is showing healthy wisdom in your choices.

  • ingaannie
    Aug 18, 2012

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

  • scrapo
    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
    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
    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
    Nov 23, 2011

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

  • bergkat
    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