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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Delicious Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These delicious Peanut Butter Granola Bars have had rave reviews from all family and friends who have tried them.   They are SO easy to whip together, too! They're a wonderful mix of toasted oats & seeds and peanut butter & honey.   They're great for school or to bring to work.   They have a lovely mix of salty and sweet, which is delicious in a granola bar.  The freshness will make you never again want to eat a store-bought bar.  Enjoy!
Wonderful, creamy, nutty, peanut butter granola bars! 

Delicious Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Makes one 8" x 8" pan.  Serves ~12

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Mix together in a large bowl:
2 1/2 cup large rolled oats (use gluten-free if Celiac or sensitive)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 tsp salt
4 Tbsp oil (I used Canola oil)

Spread onto an unlined cookie/baking sheet.
Oats & seeds ready to toast lightly in the oven! 

Bake at 325 F for about 15 - 20 minutes, until just starting to brown.  Remove pan to cooling rack.  (You don't need to let these cool.  Just mix the following together after you remove the oats/seeds from the oven).

Mix together in a large bowl (you can use the same bowl as before):
1/2 cup raisins
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter *
1/4 honey
1/4 cup agave nectar

Add and mix thoroughly:
Oven-roasted oats/pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds, from above

Press into an 8" x 8" pan lined with aluminum foil.
Bars before covering/pressing down with plastic wrap.

Press top of bars down with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate, covered by plastic wrap, at least 4 hours until cool.  Slice and wrap individually, if desired.  Store a couple weeks in the refrigerator, slicing off pieces as you want.  Or, you can slice and freeze individual pieces for later!

* I used Skippy Brand creamy peanut butter.  I do find different brands of peanut butter have different tastes, and this is one of our favorite types - although we like the natural butters a lot, too! 

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