I’ve always been fascinated by ingredients and wondered how they combine to make entirely new foods, especially recipes that are pretty easy to make like this one. Though I am by no means a chef, I still appreciate any chance I get to see how food items are made purely because I still cannot fathom how simple ingredients like flour, chocolate chips and sugar (among other ingredients) can form together to make brownies.
A simple, healthy energy bar that provides plenty of protein for the day ahead is a necessity for me, especially when I have multiple classes in the day and don’t have time to go to Barone or stop at the Stags on the Run convenience store for a KIND bar and cereal. It’s a very handy recipe for those of you out there like myself who aren’t fortunate enough to have a kitchen nearby, as this recipe does not require a stove; all you need is a microwave and a few bowls.
Peanut Energy Bars
½ cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
½ cup roasted sunflower seed kernels
½ cup raisins
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
2 cups Rice Krispies
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a large bowl, mix the peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, oatmeal and Rice Krispies.
- In a microwavable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup
- Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes.
- Add vanilla to the microwaved mixture and stir until blended.
- Pour the microwaved mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until coated.
- Put the mixture in an pan (8×8 inches for squares and 9×13 inches for bars) and press down firmly.
- Let stand for about an hour and then cut it into squares or bars.