Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
- 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)
|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.