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Filled with energizing carbs, peanuts, seeds, fruit, and oats, make for a satisfying midday pick-me-up. They can also be used as a pre- or post-workout snack, and the versatile recipe can be personalized to meet your individual needs; add in wheat germ, protein powder, coconut, chocolate chips, and dates; no matter what you add, it’s guaranteed to taste great!


  • ½ cup roasted salted peanuts
  • ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds, or other chopped nuts
  • 2 cups raisins, or other chopped dried fruit
  • 2 cups rolled or instant oats
  • 2 cups toasted rice cereal
  • ¼ cup toasted wheat germ, optional
  • ½ cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, oats, rice cereal, and wheat germ in a large bowl. 
  3. Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a large microwaveable bowl; microwave on high until bubbling, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla and stir until blended.
  5. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until coated. 
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Press down firmly. Let stand for about 1 hour to harden. Cut into bars.
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