Friday, 22 November 2013

Our Favourite Peanut Energy Bars

I had another great crafting weekend with the girls last weekend. I brought our family's current fave granola/energy bars and got a few requests for the recipe, so here it is...

What you'll need:

3/4 c all natural peanut butter (no added sugar, salt etc.)
2/3 c honey (or 1/3 c honey and 1/3 c maple syrup)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
2 1/2 c quick cooking oats
1/2 - 3/4 c dried cranberries (or any dried fruit)
1/2 - 3/4 c chopped peanuts, unsalted (or any chopped nuts and/or seeds)
1/4 c chia seeds
1/4 c ground flax seed (optional)

To prepare:

Line a 9 x 13" cake pan with foil.
In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and cocoa. Microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring half way through, and stir until smooth. (This can also be done in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat.)
Stir in oatmeal, dried fruit and nuts.
Press batter firmly into prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into bars.