Backpacker Bars

These versatile bars are at home in lots of places. Try one for a quick energy boost, a brown-bag treat, an after-school snack or anytime--it's just plain good!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 0

1 1/2
cups Golden Grahams™ cereal
3/4
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup chopped peanuts
1
cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2
tablespoons quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Crush cereal. Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cereal, 3/4 cup oats, the baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in 3/4 cup of the peanuts and 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • 2 Spread in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts, remaining 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons oats.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For 24 bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

One cup chopped walnuts instead of the peanuts gives these satisfying bars a slightly different flavor.

Place cereal in a plastic resealable food-storage bag or between sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap; crush with a rolling pin. Or crush cereal in a blender or food processor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
235
(
Calories from Fat
110 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12 g
12 %
(Saturated Fat
3 g,
3 %
),
Cholesterol
15 mg
15 %;
Sodium
240 mg
240 %;
Total Carbohydrate
29 g
29 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
4 g
4 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.