Swag Bars

by Erin

The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.

Swag Bars 2

For those of us still battling the summer heat, I have a no-bake peanut butter and chocolate recipe for you this fine Saturday. This recipe reminds me of a sweeter version of no-bake granola bars made with crushed bran cereal instead of oats. I substituted some of the corn syrup with honey but I bet it would’ve worked with all honey if you would like to avoid corn syrup altogether. The result is a sweet, chewy, and crunchy peanut butter treat.

Are you watching any college football today? I’ll be cheering on Michigan State against Oregon (normally I like Oregon but not when they play the Big 10), and of course Ohio State against Virginia Tech.

Swag Bars 1

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Makes 48 bars


1-3/4 cups creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup

1/4 cup honey

1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) chopped lightly salted, dry-roasted peanuts

3-1/2 cups (4 oz.) whole-grain or bran flakes cereal, finely crushed

Cooking spray

1/3 cup (2 oz.) chopped dark chocolate


  1. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine peanut butter, sugar, corn syrup, and honey in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 4 minutes or just until mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanuts and cereal. Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking pan.
  3. Place the dark chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50% for 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 15 seconds. Drizzle chocolate evenly over peanut mixture. Allow to cool then cut into bars.

Source: Adapted slightly from Cooking Light, January 2009.

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Natalie September 8, 2014 - 5:05 pm

I can always get behind sweet and salty!! YUM!

Jessica @ Sweet Menu September 7, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Oh yum, I just love all things peanut butter and no bake too? Fab!

Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) September 6, 2014 - 11:08 pm

Oh yum!!! These look fantastic.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 6, 2014 - 7:26 pm

hehe….swag bars…the name is funny :P

and yepp, sweet n salty NEVER get old! These bars look uber addictive!

spiffycookie September 6, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Hehe yea IDK why they are called that, but I’m not gonna argue!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) September 6, 2014 - 12:35 pm

These bars look fantastic! I could go for a pan of these right now.


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