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Crispy Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

posted by Jennifer
Crispy Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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.

Ingredients:

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)
Cooking spray
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup light peanut butter
¾ cup honey
½ cup cocoa

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine cereal, oats, dried fruit, peanuts and flaxseed in a large bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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