The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.
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.
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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
1/3 cup (2 oz.) chopped dark chocolate
- Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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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