Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

>> Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I've been making a point to have these in the fridge at all times. Especially with gluten-free month, it's been a necessity to have something easy to grab and go. Oh, Ada calls them "cookies" . . . and they're simple enough for me to feel fine about giving them to her.

(Healthy) cookie!

Using a muffin tin is optional, but highly recommended to make them feel more like a bar. I gobble up energy balls like crazy. Before I know it, they're all gone. These flattened rounds seem to last a bit longer. Or satisfy better.


* you can easily substitute in whatever "nut" butter you choose

What you'll need . . . 

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (I only had reduced fat on hand, but I'm sure regular works)
  • 1-1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • coconut oil (optional -- for greasing muffin tins)

Method . . . 

  1. Place all ingredients in your food processor -- save 1/2 cup of the oats.
  2. Pulse 5 to 7 times, then add the rest of the oats and continue pulsing until well incorporated, but still somewhat coarse.
  3. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls into a regular muffin tin. Then flatten with your fingers -- but I also found that a round spice container covered in plastic wrap was the BEST tool to flatten uniformly and easily.
  4. Store in the fridge until hardened, about an hour. Then store in an airtight container for a week or two, maybe longer -- but they won't last that long.

These are vegan, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), and -- as I mentioned above -- can also be peanut-free. I made them with homemade almond butter and they turned our fabulously. I am also sure you could use dates in place of raisins. And maybe honey for the maple syrup.

There's opportunity for variations, that much I know.

And I plan to play around and give you some ideas soon. These bars are perfect for pre- and post-run fueling. I think I may try to craft the perfect combo for my marathon training. I hate gels and other store-bought energy aids.

Happy Tuesday -- you have time to make these NOW!

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