Super Bars with Dried Fruit and Peanut Butter

Super Bars with Dried Fruit and Peanut Butter

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

3 C. puffed whole grain cereal (such as Kashi)

1/4 C. walnuts, chopped

1/4 C. chopped pitted dates

1/4 C. dried tart cherries

1/2 C. raisins

1/3 C. creamy peanut butter or almond butter

1/4 C. honey

1/4 C. light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square metal baking pan with nonstick spray. Mix cereal, walnuts, dates, cherries and raisins in a medium bowl. Combine peanut butter, honey and corn syrup in a heavy small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until mixture bubbles vigorously and thicken slightly, about one minute.

Pour peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture in the bowl; stir to blend.

Transfer the mixture in a prepared pan; press to compact. Bake until just golden around edges, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Cut into nine bars.

Can be prepared three days ahead. Store in a single layer between sheets of foil in an airtight container at room temperature.

Each bar contains: 235 calories; 7 grams fat; 5 grams protein; 38 grams carbohydrates; no cholesterol; 3 grams fiber.


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