Power Up

Peanut Butter Power Bars

These are perfect for an afternoon snack, morning meal or even a pre-workout energy boost. (Progressive Farmer image by Rachel Johnson)

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

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

2. 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.

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

4. 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).

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

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