Saturday, February 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Crispie Bars

 I love peanut butter as you probably already know.  So when I came across a recipe for Peanut Butter energy bars in a TASTE OF HOME magazine article I thought I would play around with it and see what I thought.  The results (after I tinkered with the original recipe...I really CAN'T help it!) are super delicious treats. Similar  to a granola bar.  The addition of the wheat germ makes them a touch healthier too...which is always a bonus.  Look for Golden Syrup (Lyle's in the most common worldwide) it is a wonderful syrup made from cane sugar (or sugar beets depending).  Most stores will have it, but if yours doesn't does.

Peanut Butter Crispie Bars

3 cups rice crispie cereal
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ (the jarred wheat germ is already toasted!)

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup golden syrup (or you can use 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup corn syrup)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tea vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a saucepan melt together the remaining want them warm and pourable.  Grease a 13x9 pan very well.  Pour peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir very very well.  press into the greased pan and let then cool and firm up. Then cut iton bars and serve!

*** these would be great with dried cherries or cranberries, chocolate or peanut butter chips, or whatever add ins you would like!

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