The best portable snack to tote along on your next adventure! Full of creamy peanut butter, rolled oats, dried figs, chocolate chips, and more! You’ll never shell out $$$ for store-bought energy bars again!
2 cups regular rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup millet
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted or untoasted)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or chip of your choice!)
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 and 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Line an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving the excess paper at the edges. You’ll need some paper to grab onto to lift bars out of the pan before cutting into bars.
In a large bowl combine everything but the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
In a small saucepan, place the peanut butter and honey.
Warm the peanut butter and honey over medium heat for about ninety seconds to soften and combine them. This step makes it easier to work into the oat mixture. Pull peanut butter and honey from the stovetop and mix in the vanilla extract.
Pour warmed peanut butter and honey mixture over the oats. Using a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon mix well. This step takes a little bit of elbow grease. If you prefer, you can place oat mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low speed until well combined.
Once the mixture is combined, dump it into the lined baking pan. Using your hands press the mixture into the pan to form a level square. You can also use a spatula to help push it into the pan.
Place the pan into the refrigerator to chill until firm. Wait several hours before cutting into bars. If you are pressed for time, you can place the bars in the freezer for an hour to firm up.
When bars are thoroughly chilled, and firm grab the excess parchment paper along the edges and lift the bars up and out of the pan. Remove the parchment paper and place the square of energy bars on a large cutting board. Using a sharp knife cut into bars or squares. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap.
Bars may be refrigerated up to two weeks or place them in a Ziploc bag and freeze up to several months.
Don’t keep the bars in a hot car. They do not fare well! Take a cooler filled with ice and pop them in there.
Don’t like peanut butter? Almond butter works in this recipe, too! Feel free to substitute your favorite dried fruit as well!
- Category: Snack
- Method: stirred
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: peanut butter energy bar