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Honey Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  • 2c. oats
  • 1/2c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2c. wheat germ
  • 1/2c. roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2c. honey
  • 1/2c. smooth peanut butter
  • 2t. vanilla
  • 1/2t. salt

Combine oats, seeds, wheat germ, and peanuts.  Mix well.  In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey, salt, and vanilla over low heat.  Stir until well combined and heated through.  Mixture should soften and become very loose and syrup-y.  Pour peanut butter mixture over dry ingredients.  Stir well, making sure the peanut butter honey is well incorporated throughout.  Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 square pan.  Bake at 300 for 20 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting.  Makes 12 bars.

I want to keep playing with combinations in these bars – sesame seeds, ground flaxseed, etc., but we really liked them.  They’re dense and chewy and not overly sweet.  Great for pre-run fuel or an afternoon snack.  I think I’ll be making a lot of these, especially as I looove snacks!

What’s your favorite kind of granola bar?  Unsurprisingly, Dave and I love pb and chocolate… or a combination!