Cooking for Hungry Boys, part 2

While perusing the aisles of our local grocery store, I found some high fiber bars that were delicious. The problem? The price tag of $2 for five bars! Number 1 could go through a whole box by himself. Number 2 and Number 3 are not far behind! So I went on a search for a recipe and I found one that we have named the Hungry Boy Bar. Number 2 shortened it to Hungry Bar. I like this recipe because it is easy and GOOD! I don’t like this recipe because it has a ton of sugar in it (in the form of brown sugar & honey). If anyone out there gives it a try and can reduce the sugar content and still have it work, please let me know.

Hungry Boy Bar

* 1 cup peanut butter (I use chunky because the peanuts give it an extra something.)

*1/2 cup brown sugar

* 1/2 cup honey (or corn syrup…sometimes cheap stuff is what’s on hand!)

*1/3 cup butter, melted (I am going to try different fats eventually, like coconut oil)

*2 teaspoons vanilla

*3 1/3 cups oats

*1/2 cup shredded coconut

*1/2 cup raisins

optional

*anything else that you want to throw in! Chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, nuts…

Preheat oven to 350

1. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, honey & vanilla. Mix until smooth.

2. Add in the rest of the ingredients.

3. Pour (or rather glop) into a greased 13 x 9 pan. Bake 20 minutes.

Once it is thoroughly cool, and really, wait for it to cool (I even let them sit overnight), cut them into bars. This recipe can yield 14-21 bars, depending on how big you want them. I wrap them and store them in the fridge. Technically, you could store them on the counter, but they are a little firmer coming from the fridge.

These are so popular with the boys, including the biggest, adult boy, that I make 2 double batches and bakes them in my 17 x 12 pan. That yields about 72 bars and has lasted two weeks and counting. These are one of the things that I allow Number 1 to have whenever he is hungry. He has a list of “eat anytime foods” and this is on it. Because who wants a hungry boy? Not me!

~Annemarie

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