Honey & Peanut Butter Booster Bars

* 125g unsalted butter
* 150g soft brown sugar or light muscovado sugar
* 125g no-sugar-added crunchy peanut butter
* 75g honey, plus a little more to finish
* Finely grated zest of 1 orange
* Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
* 200g porridge oats (not jumbo)
* 150g dried fruit, such as raisins, sultanas and chopped apricots, prunes or dates, either singly or in combination
* 150g mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, linseed and sesame

1. Grease and line a baking tin, about 20cm square. Put the butter, sugar, peanut butter, honey and grated citrus zests in a deep saucepan over a very low heat. Leave until melted, stirring from time to time.

2. Stir the oats, dried fruit and three-quarters of the seeds into the melted butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture out evenly in the baking tin, smoothing the top as you go.

3. Scatter the remaining seeds over the surface and trickle with a little more honey. Place in an oven preheated to 160°C/Gas Mark 3 and bake for about 30 minutes, until golden in the centre and golden brown at the edges.

4. Leave to cool completely in the tin (be patient – it cuts much better when cold), then turn out and cut into squares with a sharp knife. These bars will keep for 5-7 days in an airtight tin.

Variation: Banana Booster Bars:

Replace the peanut butter with 1 medium ripe banana (about 175g), mashed. Stir it in after all the other ingredients have been combined.

One Response to “Honey & Peanut Butter Booster Bars”

  1. on 14 Nov 2010 at 7:37 pm Bev n Trev

    yummmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyy sounds like the perfect energy bar for all this cycling me n trev are doing together! ha ha I blitzed him on Friday! AND i had the “silver bullet” in permanent low, but still overtook him going up past the waitangi golf course, we’re training for the Try-A-Thon in Mission Bay (Auckland) 5 December, 100m swim, 10k bike ride, 2 k run (which we’ll walk) – he’s doing very well, and the improvement is unbelievable, he’s doing everything the specialist says cos he doesn’t want an operation! 🙂 We can’t wait to have you back home here either!

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