This recipe was developed by my dear husband after he learned just how much a box of protein bars goes for. You see somehow last week an 18 count box of Lara Bars disappeared in my house. When I complained that $18 worth of food was missing my husband realized just how much protein bars cost.
In a true man fashion he decided to come up with a solution. Make our own, the best part it was all from ingredients we already had in the house. It pays to have a well stocked pantry.
This is a basic recipe, we are still tweaking it. But from this basic recipe we have made two different versions. Those of you who know me, know that I am a little of this, little of that sort of cook. Please feel free to use this recipe as a jumping off point for your own combinations.
Basic Peanut Butter “Cliff Bar” Recipe
- 2 cups of a cereal grain like oatmeal or brown rice puffs
- 2 cups of peanut butter or other nut butter, we like nutella but it has diary in it
- 1 cup dried fruit (optional)
- optional – chocolate chips, cinnamon, other spices, nuts
- 1/2 cup of honey
In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, my husband recommends using a butter knife. It will start to come together like dough when it is mixed well.
Pour mixture in a wax paper lined pan, tap down with a flat object, like a cast iron pan and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until firm.
Cut into bar size piece and wrap in wax paper, they may be sticky.
What I love about this recipe is the ability to change the flavors and use whatever is on hand. If you want to increase the protein level you could add your favorite protein powder to this mix, but as it is it delivers more protein than a pb sandwich.
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