Energy Bars

Need an afternoon boost? Looking for a quick to-go breakfast? Here is an option for you!

These are one of my absolute favorite things EVER! For a while they were my breakfast, and then they became my go-to for mid-morning hunger pains. Now, they are my afternoon pick me up to help me push through to dinner (which is about 8pm on a work night…).

The original recipe can be found here:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jodyduits/get-healthy-with-these-peanut-butter-and-chocolate-snacks-th?utm_term=.mm0MLl72ox#.hyd5yKZJeV

It’s billed as a five ingredient protein bite, but along the way I’ve adjusted the recipe for taste and more protein-punch, and smoothed them out into bars, to make two-weeks’ worth of goodie snacks for work.

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Recipe:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla or whey protein powder
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chia or flaxseed/chia blend
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. of Honey
  • 2/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • Handful to ¼ cup chopped pecans (Optional)

Put everything in a bowl and mix it up.

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Got to be honest here – the easiest way to combine everything is to get in with your hands. Between the PB and the honey, it’s the only way to really blend it all together.

I spread into an 8×8 pan and refrigerate for a few hours – at least 4. Then I cut into 8 bars and wrap individually in saran wrap.

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Keep in the refrigerator. They are much better cold. They keep for at least two weeks (that’s the longest they’ve lasted in my house!).

This is a versatile and fun recipe – so add what you like:

  • I’ve made it with sweetened coconut flakes before, before settling on the pecans as my preferred add-in. Almonds, or any other nut of choice would also work.
  • I like dark chocolate, for the ‘healthier’ factor, but semi-sweet or milk chocolate isn’t going to ruin the recipe. Do what you like. For the peanut butter I usually use an all-natural smooth, but chunky should be just fine, too.
  • Flaxseeds blend in better, but chia seeds give it a bit more crunch (just check your teeth after eating – those buggers can stick around if you’re not careful!).

Enjoy! Let me know if you’ve tried this, or what version you come up with!

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