1/2 cup dry roasted salted peanuts1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds or other chopped nuts2 cups raisins or other chopped dried fruit2 cups rolled or instant oats2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies1/4 cup toasted wheat germ, optional1/2 cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter1/2 cup packed brown sugar1/2 cup light corn syrup or honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coat a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruit), oats, rice cereal and wheat germ (if using) in a large bowl.
Combine peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup (or honey) in a large microwaveable bowl; microwave on high until bubbling, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until coated.
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Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Press down firmly. (It helps to coat your fingers with cooking spray.) Let stand for about 1 hour to harden. Cut into 16 bars.