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Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

2-1/2 dozen

Try these terrific granola bars from Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois. The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts, and the dried cherries add just the right amount of tang. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

Directions

  1. Spread oats into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, spread almonds and coconut into another ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter until combined. Add the raisins, cherries, sunflower kernels, and toasted oats, almonds and coconut.
  3. Using a metal spatula, press mixture into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 208 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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