Sunday, February 15, 2009

Delicious and Nutritious!

Oat, Fruit, and Nut Bars

1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter (I used natural)
2 T. maple syrup (I would suggest real maple syrup)
1 T. canola oil
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. oats
2 c. crisp brown rice cereal (I used puffed wheat)
1/4 c. toasted wheat germ (I didn't use this)
1/2 c. chopped nuts (I used almonds)
1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
1/2 t. salt

1) Combine honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat just until bubbling, about 3-5 minutes, and remove from heat.
2) Stir in the vanilla
3) Combine oats, cereal, wheat germ, chopped nuts, chopped apricots, and salt in another bowl.
4) Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and combine well with a spatula, making sure that all dry ingredients are coated.
5) Spray a 9 x 13" dish with nonstick cooking spray, and spread the mixture into the dish
6) Use wax paper to press the mixture down firmly
7) Cool, and then cut as desired

The estimated cost for making this entire recipe is $2.50 - $3.00, depending on what type of nuts you use. Not bad, considering these are natural and very delicious!

Quick tip: I sprayed the measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring the peanut butter and honey, and they slid right out of the cup instead of sticking!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. And if you have another variation, please share with all of us so that we can try yours :)


Juris Mater said...

Kat, awesome! Nice way to get a PB-granola-bar fix and avoid all the salmonella-contaminated packaged PB products. I just tried something like this a couple weeks ago and did dried cranberries as the fruit b/c that's what we had on hand, and it tasted great but I didn't quite achieve the right consistency. I can't wait to try these next time. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

B-Mama said...

Kat, these look awesome! Can't wait to try it out...

texas mommy said...

Sounds yummy, Kat! One suggestion...I love nuts, so I might try toasting the nuts before adding them to have a nuttier flavor. Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

chocolate chips? it can't hurt! (okay, well, it can hurt. but it's still worth it....)