Chewy Energy Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling


1-1/2 dozen

Updated: Oct. 22, 2023
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
Chewy Energy Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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