So a little while ago a blogged about Peanut Butter Sesame Granola Bars.
They got me to thinking about my regular granola bar which I hadn't made in a while. My regular granola bar is more of an energy bar (hence the title) than a simple, healthy granola bar.
Don't get me wrong, these are full of good stuff as well..... they are just a bit more of a "treat" than the Peanut Butter Sesame Granola Bars.
These are great for taking hiking and to the beach, etc... (as are the sesame ones).
These ones also require turning on the oven so are a tad more troublesome to throw together.
But...not that troublesome...
Chewy Granola Energy Bars
2 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup Rice Krispies
1/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup mini M & M candies
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 9 X 9 inch square pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix together until well combined.
Press into prepared pan. Bake 18 - 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool 5 minutes and then score into bars. Let it set completely and then cut into bars.
For thinner bars, press into 9 X 13 pan and adjust baking time accordingly.
Important note - DO SCORE THEM!!
If you do NOT score them they will crumble when you try to cut them.
The great thing about these is you can change up the mix ins to suit your tastes.
ie: Some different mix ideas: chocolate or butterscotch chips, pecans, walnuts, chopped caramels, craisins / raisins, dried fruit, etc...
The nutritional info (according to Fitday) is: calories per bar - 215, fat - 12, carbs - 24, protein - 6.
That's dividing into 16 bars.
The Peanut Butter Sesame Granola Bars were 184 calories per bar (divided into 16) so, caloriewise, these aren't really that much worse.
So, which granola bar do I prefer?
I think I would have to go with these ones for taste. They are kind of like an oatmeal peanut butter cookie.
In terms of making them though..... the sesame ones are a lot easier. No cooking involved!
Texture wise..... it's a tie. they are so different it's not really fair to compare them.