Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chewy Energy Bars

  • 2 C whole wheat flakes cereal (Wheaties)
  • 2 C crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
  • 1 C quick-cooking rolled oats
  • ½ C toasted wheat germ
  • ½ C shelled sunflower seeds (optional)
  • ½ C raisins
  • 1 C peanut butter (chunky ok)
  • ¾ C corn syrup
  • ½ C chocolate chips, if desired

1. Spray 9-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine cereals, oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and raisins; mix well.
2. In medium saucepan, combine peanut butter and corn syrup; mix well. Cook over medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and melted, stirring constantly with wire whisk.
3. Pour hot mixture over cereal mixture; mix well. Quickly stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into sprayed pan; press firmly. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until cool. Cut into bars.

approx 18 bars

Robyn's notes: Once the mixture has cooled, I cut it into bars and wrap each of them separately in plastic cling wrap, then return them to the fridge for storage. To toast the wheat germ, spread it across a cookie sheet in a thin layer and bake at 350°F for about 5 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes before using in recipe. This is one of my favourite of the lunch bar recipes to make, because it's so quick and simple.

**** 4 Stars: Very Good. Enjoyed by us both, I will make this frequently

Nutrition Information: Calories 250; Calories from Fat: 100; Total Fat 11g; Saturated Fat 3g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 150mg; Total Carbohydrate 30g; Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 11g; Protein 7g;
Dietary Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fruit, ½ High-Fat Meat, 1 ½ Fat OR 2 Carbohydrate, ½ High-Fat Meat, 1 ½ Fat

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