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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars


Here's a delicious recipe my daughters and I absolutely LOVE. And it's so easy to make. Enjoy! 

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup whole cashews
1/2 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large baking sheet, spread out rolled oats and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Please oats in large mixing bowl. Line an 8x8" baking pan with waxed paper. In a food processor, grind almonds, cashews, and pecans for about 10-15 seconds, leaving some large chunks. Add nuts to the bowl, along with chocolate chips, wheat germ, cranberries, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together. 

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey and peanut butter. Stir this until it melts and turns smooth. Pour over oat mixture and mix well. Scoop mixture into prepared baking pan and press down, using a spatula to make it smooth and even. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 16 bars. Store in plastic wrap or container for 2 weeks--but they probably won't last that long! Makes 16 bars.
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