Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

2 Reviews
From:, July 2018

Dates provide all the sweetness you need for these no-bake energy bars. Each square serves up a hearty dose of protein—thanks to peanut butter and peanuts—as well as fiber from rolled oats. Kids will love the chewy bites with crunchy nuts.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • ¾ cup chopped Medjool dates
  • 1 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup rolled oats (see Tip)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Prep

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  1. Soak dates in hot water to cover in a medium bowl for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water.
  2. Meanwhile, line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over 2 sides. Lightly coat the parchment with cooking spray.
  3. Combine the soaked dates, peanut butter, oats and salt in a food processor; process until very finely chopped and starting to clump together. If the mixture seems dry, add a little of the reserved soaking water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Transfer to the medium bowl and stir in peanuts. Spread the mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan.
  4. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on Medium (50%) until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread the chocolate evenly over the oat mixture. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Remove from the pan by lifting the overhanging parchment. Cut into 16 squares.
  • Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate bars for up to 1 week.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 square
  • Per serving: 203 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 14 IU vitamin A; 0 vitamin C; 12 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 90 mg sodium; 131 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 3 fat, ½ fruit, ½ other carbohydrate

Reviews 2

March 16, 2019
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By: Anne Jensen
These bars are so good! I followed the recipe and they came out perfectly. I brought them to work for my co-workers and they loved them too.
August 03, 2018
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By: Jackstng
They are very tasty. Mine were very mushy even after refrigeration so cutting them was difficult, but maybe I added too much of the reserved water. As I said very good but they can't be "Good" for you!
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