After being inspired by #3 from my office, I decided to try my hand at whipping up a batch of Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars. I love anything with peanut butter and I’ve never tried my own granola bars before, so what the hell.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup hulled green pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 by 8-inch baking dish and set aside.
In a small saucepan melt butter with honey over low heat, stirring.
In a large bowl stir together oats, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt. Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until combined well.
On a large baking sheet, spread the granola evenly in a thin layer. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes to keep from sticking or burning, until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. (Do not overcook; the granola will crisp more when cooled.)
Cool the granola in the pan on top of the stove and stir in the raisins. When the granola is completely cooled, place in a large bowl.
Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is at a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture over the granola, stirring to coat well. Cool slightly and press into the prepared baking dish and let cool completely and harden. Cut the mixture into ten 1 1/4 by 4-inch bars and serve at room temperature. (The bars may be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.)
The whole thing, from “soup to nuts” takes about 40 minutes total and you can do three other things while you are making these bars.
If you’ve ever found yourself getting by on Clif Bars or Lara bars or any other high-tech protein or energy bars, do yourself a favor and make some kind of bars on your own to see how easy it is. You can pack lots of nuts, fruits and energy together with any binding agent (peanut butter, corn syrup, agave nectar honey, etc. etc) and get a nutritious results.