peanut butter power bars

Who needs nasty store-bought power bars when you can make them yourself? Right?! I was inĀ a baking mood last night and pulled out this great recipe for peanut butter power bars from one of my fave cookbooks Grazing by Julie Van Rosendaal. So I thought I'd share (check the pantry before you get started).

Here's what you need (don't be intimidated by the long list):

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I useĀ just peanuts peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seedĀ Ā 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Stir together brown sugar, peanut butter, milk, honey, oil, and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl stir together flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture along with dried cranberries, chocolate chips, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and flaxseed; stir until well blended.
  5. Spread the batter in a baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  6. Bake for 23 minutes, until golden and cool.

Happy baking!

January 07, 2011 — Alanna Banks