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Peanut Power Balls

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(NC) - Instead of taking store-bought energy bars on your next hike - try these. They taste great, transport beautifully without crumbling and are a lot less expensive when you make them yourself.

Peanut Power Balls
Prep time: 15 minutes - Cook time: 3 minutes - Refrigeration time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granola 500 mL
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts 75 mL
  • 1/4 cup each dried cranberries and raisins 50 mL
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ or ground flax 50mL
  • 2 tbsp each pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut 30 mL
  • 1/2 cup honey 125 mL
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter 125 mL

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir granola with peanuts, cranberries, raisins, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and coconut. In a small saucepan bring honey to the boil. Boil vigorously for approximately 30 seconds then whisk in peanut butter. Add to granola mixture and stir to combine.

While mixture is warm, form into 11/2-inch (3.5 cm) balls. Refrigerate until firm. Store in an airtight container up to two weeks. Twist balls in waxed paper for perfect portability.

Information on peanuts and recipe ideas can be found online at www.peanutbureau.ca.

Serving Size: Makes 20 Servings


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