March 10, 2009

Swag Bars

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There is no TWD for me today. Although I love lemons, my tummy doesn't settle well with anything real eggy. To see the recipe for today's choice (which was Lemon Custard Cups), visit Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles. To view other TWD participants, you can check out our blogroll. I'll be back next week however with the French Yogurt Cake with Marmalade glaze!

In the Jan/Feb 09 Cooking Light magazine I found this recipe for "Swag Bars". I've eyed the recipe for a while now and finally decided to just go ahead and make it. Didn't take much to make - a very quick an easy recipe, full of protein, lower calorie, and something Grumpy or I could grab last weekend when needing an energy boost.

As the plate above indicates....we did enjoy this bar! It is a nice treat to have around in place of a store bought granola bar in the morning or for a snack in the afternoon to kill the munchies before dinner! Grumpy certainly liked them. He's ate quite a few throughout the day on Sunday!

Swag Bars
Cooking Light

1 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter (I used reduced-fat peanut butter)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) chopped lightly salted, dry-roasted peanuts
3 1/2 cups (4 ounces) whole-grain flaked cereal (such as Total), finely crushed (I used cornflakes, so it wasn't whole-grain cereal, but it was what I had!)
Cooking spray
1/3 cup (2 ounces) chopped dark chocolate chips

Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 4 minutes or just until mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in peanuts and cereal. Spread mixture evenly into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Place the dark chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 20 seconds. Drizzle chocolate evenly over peanut mixture. Score into 36 bars while warm. (I cute mine into a little bit bigger bars).

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Marthe said...

These look soooo amazing and sounds like they are tasty too!! Yum!!!

Sabrina said...

I made the custard just to say I made it. Not an eggy fan!

Holy cow! those bars look amazing!!! I am going to make those now! I made the PB\Choc rice crispy ones for a party last week and i should've trippled the batch!!! Seriously... they were gone in an instant. My crush said they were his new favorite thing I make!
Thanks for that recipe too!!!!!!

Meg said...

These look quite fabulous! They would pair quite well with some coffee right now!

recipes2share said...

These look chewily delicious!

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh these look fabulous! Love, love, love Cooking Light!


Jessie said...

peanut butter bars are one of my favorites! then again You know how much I love sweets :)

Creative One said...

These bars look yummy. I would have to have more than one!

Pam said...

The swag bars look delicious - I love that they are low in calories but still taste amazing.

Cristine said...

Your bars look delicious!

Robin Sue said...

Ooh this is a nice bar to have around. I have been eye-balling that coconut cake you have on here too. Everything you make looks so good!

Fit Chick said...

Your bars sound so yummy!Be very happy you did not make the custard.

Megan said...

looks like a homerun to me!!!

Laura said...

How did I miss these? They look awesome!

Katy said...

How did I miss this post?! Fab, fab pix. Boy do these look good. Absolutely something I would make.

Matt's Kitchen said...

You could serve me just about anything with peanut butter and chocolate and I would love it. There's something about that combination that makes me weak at the knees!

Justine said...

oh my goodness this look fabulous!

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