EWWK: Morning Peanut Butter Bars


1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup old fashioned oats (use gluten-free oats if you are on a gluten-free diet)
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (chopped fine)
3 tablespoons dried raisins
¼ cup sunflower seeds
Wax or parchment paper


In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Press mixture into an 8 X 8-inch pan. Lining the pan with a large rectangular piece of parchment paper and placing the mixture on one side and then folding the paper over to press down works nicely. The dough will be a bit crumbly, but will come together as you continue to work with it and pat it down into the pan. Chill in the fridge for an hour or more (if you can wait that long) cut into 8 bars and serve. Wrapping the individual bars in wax paper and storing in baggies is great for convenience. Store them in the refrigerator. These bars also freeze well!

Yield: 8 bars
Nutrient Breakdown: Calories 320 Protein 10 g Carb 27 g Fiber 4 g Sugars 14 g Fat 21 g Saturated fat 4.5 g Sodium 20 mg
Plate Plan: 1 High-fat meat, 2 Carbohydrates, 3 Fats