Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Posted on August 18, 2011

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Cutting with a pizza cutter is fast and handy

I really like these, and all my kids do, too.  The Youngest won’t usually eat granola bars, but she’ll eat these.  They are great with a glass of milk for a quick snack.  One batch will last at least a week in a ziploc bag.

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt in a saucepan:

1 cube butter

1/2 c. honey

Pour over:

6 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not the quick kind)

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1/2 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/2 c. sunflower or pumpkin seeds

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Stir together until all the ingredients are moistened.  Then pour into a sheet cake pan that has been lined with parchment or foil.  Bake at 325 for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes.  DO NOT OVER BAKE.  The mixture will crisp up more once out of the oven.  Let cool.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt together:

2/3 c. brown sugar

1 cup corn syrup (next time I am subbing Agave syrup to make more health friendly)

1 cup creamy all natural peanut butter

Stir constantly over medium heat until smooth and the sugar is dissolved.  Then pour over oat mixture and stir!  Before pouring, you can add 2 cups of dried fruit, but my kids don’t care for that so we don’t add it.  Once it is all mixed together, press the somewhat sticky mess into the parchment lined sheet cake pan.  If you want, you can sprinkle with mini-chocolate chips and let them melt and then spread chocolate over the top.  Let cool.  Once cool, lift out the parchment and cut into bars.  Place in a ziploc bag for storage.  These hold up really well and are so tasty!  You can sub any grain/fruit/nut mixture, I imagine, just as long as you keep about the same proportions.

 **adapted from Emeril Lagasse

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