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Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars Photo: Plamen Petkov

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation


  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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  • These treats not only taste better than most energy bars, but the peanuts in Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars may help prevent a blood-sugar spike. Both dark chocolate and cranberries in these energy bars are great choices for heart health. 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.
  • 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
Carbohydrate per serving: 24g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 16mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 62mg
Calcium per serving: 18mg

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