I always seem to be on the move…and though I often fail, I try to pack my purse with healthy snacks. Energy bars, fruit, or cheese sticks are my go-to’s…but those energy bars and power bars are often packed with tons of sugar and carbs and may not be as healthy as they seem…
So I’ve decided to start making my own!
Packed with protein and natural sugars for a burst of energy, these Honey and Peanut Butter Energy Bars actually taste delicious and are super filling. The addition of dates helps give these bars a great chewy texture, and they’ll last a good 2 weeks in the fridge.
One batch will make about 8 large bars or 10-12 smaller bars. I go smaller with these because they are filling, but they are great for breakfast on the go or a snack before a workout.
Honey and Peanut Butter Energy Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 10 dates, pitted
- 1 cup peanut butter (the drippy kind works best)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Prep an 8 in. or 9 in. square pan with parchment paper, letting excess paper hang over edges. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can also spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Place rolled oats in food processor and process on high for about 1 minute, or until oats have been turned into oat flour. Remove and set aside.
Combine the dates, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, protein powder, salt, and walnuts in food processor and pulse a few times to chop up the dates. Add the oat flour and process until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and press into cake pan. Top with chocolate chips, if desired.
Place in freezer for 30 to 60 minutes to set. Remove and cut into bars. Store in fridge in plastic bags for up to 2 weeks.
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