These energy bars are definitely a higher-sugar treat, but for athletes who have some extra room in their diet for some fun discretionary calories, these Crispy Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a delicious treat! Opposed to a chocolate bar, these homemade bars provide a nutritional boost from the oats, dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and ground flaxseed, offering a healthy dose of fibre, iron, and omega-3 fats. Try pre-proportioning them out into snack-sized zip-lock baggies and freezing them for a special treat in your next brown bag lunch or as a carb/protein recovery snack following your next tough workout at the gym. These homemade bars are also vegan-friendly.
3 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, chopped apricots, cherries and cranberries
¼ cup chopped peanuts, unsalted
2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup light peanut butter
¾ cup honey
½ cup cocoa
- Combine cereal, oats, dried fruit, peanuts and flaxseed in a large bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, peanut butter and honey over medium heat. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa.
- Pour chocolate mixture over cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated. Press into a 9-by 13-inch pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Cool in the fridge or at room temperature until set before cutting into bars. Makes 18 bars.
Serving Size: 1 serving = 1 bar (48g)
Each batch produces 18 energy bars.
Adapted From: Jennifer Broxterman’s Kitchen