2 Recipes for Healthy Holiday Treats

PEANUTTY ENERGY BARS

This prizewinning recipe, courtesy of the Peanut Institute, offers a yummy alternative to commercial energy bars. They are perfect for hikers and bikers, as well as for a satisfying afternoon snack. They are relatively high in fat--but it's healthful fat from peanuts and sunflower seeds.

For variety, you can make this recipe with cashews and cashew butter, and/or add a variety of dried fruitscranberries, cherries, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels (or more peanuts/other nuts)
  • 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
  • 2 cups uncooked oatmeal, old-fashioned or instant
  • 2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla             
  • Optional: 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
More: 5 Ways to Stay Slim Through Holiday Parties

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix the peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, oat-
meal, and toasted rice cereal (and wheat germ). Set aside.

In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients; mix well.

For squares, spoon the mixture into an 8"x 8" pan coated with cooking spray; for bars spoon it into a 9" x 13" pan. Press down firmly. It helps to coat your fingers with oil or cooking spray.

Let stand for about an hour, then cut into squares or bars.

Yield: 16 squares or bars                           
Total calories: 3,600
Calories per serving: 225                           
30 g Carb; 6 g Pro; 9 g Fat

More: Holiday Feast Survival Guide

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