Morning Health Bars
- 1 c peanut butter
- 1/2 c packed brown sugar (can reduce amount or replace with stevia or truvia)
- 1/2 c honey or pure maple syrup (can reduce amount or replace with stevia or truvia)
- 1/2 c cup butter, melted (can sub 1/4 cup of mashed bananas or applesauce for replacing the butter)
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 3 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 c flaked coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
- 1/2 c chopped roasted and salted pecans (can sub sesame or sunflower seeds, or any other kinds of nuts)
- 1/2 c dried cherries (can sub raisins, craisins, chopped dates, currants, dried cranberries or any other dried fruits)
- 1/2 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (can sub carob, bittersweet, or milk chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl stir together the peanut butter, the melted butter, the brown sugar, the honey or syrup and the vanilla and almond extracts until smooth.
Add all the other ingredients. Stir well.
Press the mixture into 13 x 9 inch greased pan and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or just until they lightly browned around the edges.
While still warm score bars, but let cool completely on wire rack before removing bars to a serving platter or storage container.
Store any leftover bar in the refrigerator as they keep best that way.
Recipe Note: You can individually wrap each bar for a quick on-the-go healthy breakfast bar. You can freeze them for long-term storage that way too.
Charlotte Hunt was kind enough to use a online program to approximate the nutritional values of the way I made my recipe--remember that is just approximation...
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 13.5 g
Cholesterol: 10.2 mg
Sodium: 84.1 mg
Total Carbs: 27.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 4.8 g