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.

Fiona Bennett

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Plamen Petkov

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Yield:
Makes 24 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; fat 8.2g; saturated fat 2.3g; mono fat 3.7g; poly fat 1.8g; protein 4g; carbohydrates 24g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 16mg; iron 1mg; sodium 62mg; calcium 18mg.
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