Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars RecipePhoto: Plamen Petkov


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups barley flakes or rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Beat in eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Add barley flakes (or rolled oats), cranberries, peanuts, and 3/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring to combine.

3. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

4. In a small bowl set in a pan of simmering water, melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. With fork, drizzle chocolate over bars; refrigerate until set. Cut into 24 bars.

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  • Yield: Makes 24 bars (serving size: 1 bar)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:176
Fat per serving:8.2g
Saturated fat per serving:2.3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:3.7g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:1.8g
Protein per serving:4g
Carbohydrates per serving:24g
Fiber per serving:2g
Cholesterol per serving:16mg
Iron per serving:1mg
Sodium per serving:62mg
Calcium per serving:18mg

Good to Know

These treats not only taste better than most energy bars, but the peanuts may help prevent a blood-sugar spike, and both dark chocolate and cranberries are great choices for heart health.

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