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Swag Bars - Crunch 'em if you've got 'em

>> 7/9/10

I should rename this bar Health Nut for my sister Leslie who gave me this recipe and whose  cholesterol and waist measure 24 and 23 respectively.   Kids devour these bars which are a healthier alternative to snacking than chips or sweets.  You can make them in no time and keep them for weeks by freezing, refrigerating or storing them in your pantry.  They're as easy as pie without all the pie.  We've provided options for ingredients.

Prep Time: 15 minutes (no baking)
36 protein and fiber packed snack bars

Swag Bars

1 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter - (I like Smart Balance or try Soy Nut Butter)
1/4 c. sugar plus 1/4 c. Splenda (or 3/4 c. sugar)
1/4 c. agave nectar plus 1/2 c. light corn syrup (or 3/4 c. corn syrup)
1 1/2 c. dry roasted peanuts
5 ounces whole-grain flaked cereal ( I use Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes)

1.  Combine first three ingredients in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat for 4 minutes.  Stir constantly.
2.  Chop peanuts in small food processor*.  Add to mixture.
3.  Grind cereal in food processor and add to mixture.
4.  Press mixture into a 13x9 pan that's been coated with cooking spray.

Crunch Time!

*instead of processor, seal ingredients in a ziploc bag and crush peanuts and cereal separately with rolling pin or bottle.

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