Okay, I’ve been reminded that it’s been many months since I last posted an entry. Not a good way to build a following. So here’s one for all of you who have been waiting with bated breath…all one or two of you out there.
This recipe is from another very special lady in my life, my mother-in-law Helen Yoshida. She has spent decades being a loving, supportive and caring wife, mom, grandma and now great-grandma to three generations of people.
In a month or so she’ll be 89 years old. She will undoubtedly celebrate with her loving family around her, amazed that she is so loved. There are some things she can’t do because of normal physical limitations that come with age; she’s frustrated about that. But one of the things she can still do very well is make her famous energy bars!
I’ve made these for my boss, Rob McWilliams, when he leads the mission teams to the Dominican Republic for many years, and he always enjoys them on the way over, while there and on the way home (if there’s any left!). As he says, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but he can do pretty well with energy bars!”
So here’s to my mother-in-law Helen. Her energy bars are as durable and long lasting as she is! (Sorry, couldn’t get a focused picture, but you get the idea.)
2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
2 cups Quick Quaker Oats
1 cup raisins (can also use dried cranberries or blueberries)
1/2 cup peanuts
Mix all ingredients in large bowl and heat in microwave for one minute.
1/2 block butter (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 10 ounce package large marshmallows
Melt three ingredients in large pot on low heat, stirring often, until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal mixture and coat evenly. Spread evenly in 9 X 13 pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Use butter to grease hands as you press firmly into pan.
Let cool for several hours or overnight (cover loosely with dish towel). Cut into 32 pieces and wrap with wax paper.
Hint: Lift energy bars to loosen from pan before cutting. Turn pan over and tap to loosen onto cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to cut into bars.