Sports Bars with Dried Fruit and Peanut Butter originally appeared in the January 2002 issue of Bon Appetit. Just for fun (and more justification for saving old food magazines) I looked up the recipe in my personal food magazine library. Sports Bars were created by Marie Simmons who says ” they are a smart way to refuel after a trip to the gym.”
The end result was very much like a Kashi bar, but tastier. These weren’t rich enough to qualify as a dessert, but they would make a healthy snack or breakfast bar. My only problem with eating them as breakfast bars is that the protein count isn’t very high.
Here’s my re-make of the Sports Bar recipe. I didn’t intend to make so many changes, but had to use what was on hand.
Small Batch Sorta Like Sports Bars With Dried Fruit and Peanut Butter
1 ½ cups puffed wheat cereal (I used Weight Watchers lightly sweetened puffed wheat)
1/4 cup pecans — chopped and toasted
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup banana chips
1/4 cup peanut butter — extra crunchy
1/4 cup honey or Lyle’s golden syrup
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with foil and spray with
Mix cereal, pecans, cranberries and banana chips in large bowl.
Combine peanut butter, and honey (or syrup) in a heavy small saucepan. Bring to
boil, whisking constantly until mixture bubbles vigorously and thickens
Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture in bowl; stir to
blend. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; press to compact. Bake until just
golden around edges, about 8-10 minutes.
Cool completely. Cut into bars. Note: These will not hold together until they have cooled completely!