Grape-Nuts Peanut Butter Bars.

Sometimes life feels like a lot, doesn’t it?

I’ll spare you the details, but the last couple of days have been hard. But there are good things in every day. Like the view to the east.

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And a walk with a happy dog and her stick.

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And the deep, beautiful colors of autumn.

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Oh, and the peanut-buttery power bars I made yesterday using Grape-Nuts cereal. They were the OPPOSITE of hard- if you’ve got five minutes, you’ve got time to make these!

Yesterday, I discovered this on my kitchen counter, cut from the cereal box. Apparently, someone in the house thought they sounded yummy.

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A glance at the simple ingredients list showed me that I already had everything the recipe called for in my pantry. I decided to add chopped pecans and dried cranberries, too! Yum!

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All you do is microwave peanut butter, sugar, and light corn syrup, then stir in the cereal, nuts, and cranberries.  Press the mixture into a pan and let it cool.

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You guys, THAT’S IT. The most time-consuming part of the whole recipe is letting the bars cool so you can cut them up and share them!

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The bars are chewy, with an awesome crunchy texture from the Grape Nuts and the pecans. I wrapped up some of them in plastic wrap and popped them in the freezer to enjoy them later.

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I think next time I make them, I’ll stir in some wheat germ and protein powder to make them true “power bars!” I couldn’t believe how quick and easy these bars were to make.

On a hard day, the simple things help make it better. 

Grape-Nuts Peanut Butter Bars

  • ¾ cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups Grape Nuts cereal

(I reduced the Grape-Nuts to ¾ cup and added ½ cup chopped pecans and about 2/3 cup dried cranberries.)

Microwave peanut butter, corn syrup, and sugar in a large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after each minute. Add cereal (and nuts or berries, if desired) and mix well.

Press cereal mixture in the bottom of a 13×9 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cool completely. Cut into bars and ENJOY!

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