By Kevin Williams
This is an interesting recipe that comes to me from a Mennonite woman in Virginia. She prepares these bars for her husband who likes to hunt. He munches on these during long hours in the deer stand. All I can say is that as the Dad to a 1 and a 4-year-old, if these truly work - providing energy - I'm all in!
HOMEMADE ENERGY BARS
2 cups quick oats
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup honey
1 /2 cup chunky peanut butter
3 cups mini-marshmallows
1 cup chopped peanuts
Toast oats in a 350 oven for 15 minutes. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add honey, peanut butter, and marshmallows, stirring until melted. Stir in oats and peanuts. Press into a greased 9" square pan. When coo, cut into bars.
AMISH "GRANOLA BARS"
You know, when comparing the energy bar recipe above with the granola bars here, the two recipes are remarkably similar. I think I prefer the above one because it just seems simpler. The recipe below was given to me by an ultraconservative Swartzentruber Amish woman. The picture here are the actual bars she made.
- 5 cups quick-cooking oats
- 4½ cups crisped-rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 sleeve graham crackers (8 to 10 crackers), crushed
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 (10-ounce) packages mini marshmallows
- Lightly grease a 10 by 15-inch pan and set aside.
- Combine the oats, rice cereal, chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl until well blended.
- Set aside.
- Melt the butter, peanut butter, oil, honey, and marshmallows in a large saucepan.
- Stir well until the mixture is evenly melted and smooth, then add to the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared pan, let cool, then cut into bars.