Homemade Power Bars

Have you seen the section at your local grocery store for Power Bars? It has grown, unbelievable the types, variety, and flavor combinations. Do you think some people are living on these things? I guess if you are on the go and need to refuel in a hurry it’s the perfect product. So, here is a natural and healthy version to make at home for probably half (if not more than half) the cost. Inspired by eatingwell.com.

I know, this totally strays from my normal posts. Never fear, something terribly indulgent will follow soon. ;o)

Homemade Power Bars

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbl flax seeds
1 Tbl sesame seeds
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup golden raisin
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″x9″ pan with foil and spray with non stick spray.

Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and sesame seeds on baking sheet. Bake until oats are lightly toasted and nuts are fragrant, shaking pan halfway through, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to large bowl. Add rice cereal, raisins, golden raisins, dried cranberries, and dates; toss to combine.

Combine peanut butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until mixture bubbles lightly, 2 to 5 minutes.

Pour peanut butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Transfer to prepared pan. Lightly coat your hand with cooking spray and press mixture down firmly to make even layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Using foil, pull out of pan; cut into bars.

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