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!
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!)
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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