Peanut Butter Power Bars

Tasty bars for anytime of day.

Peanut Butter Power Bars. Image by Rachel Johnson

Make your own granola bars from common pantry staples. These are perfect for an afternoon snack, morning meal or even a preworkout energy boost.

Peanut Butter Power Bars:

Makes: 12 bars

Prep time: 30 minutes, plus 2 hours cooling time

Cooking spray

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

2/3 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal

1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Spray an 8- x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; preheat oven to 350°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; spread oats in an even layer. Toast in the oven 10 minutes or until fragrant and slightly browned.

In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter and honey until melted, stirring to combine.

Combine cereal, nuts, cranberries, salt, oats and peanut butter mixture in a large bowl until ingredients are coated. Press mixture into prepared pan; let set until firm (10 to 15 minutes).

Cut into bars; wrap in plastic wrap. Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.