Chocolate-Caramel Energy Bars


Inspired by a Twix candy bar, these healthy energy bars with an oat crust will give your body a boost and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Chocolate-Caramel Energy Bars
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • ¼ cup packed confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon  salt plus a pinch

  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided

  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • cup agave nectar

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. Spread oats in an 8-inch-square baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and let cool to room temperature.

  3. Once the oats are cool, add flour, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until the oats are finely ground. Cut 4 tablespoons butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil into the processor. Pulse until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal. Transfer to the baking pan and press mixture firmly into the bottom. Bake until lightly browned and firm to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  4. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, agave and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons oil and pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture bubbles and darkens and the sugar has dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes, then pour the caramel over the cooled shortbread. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  5. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on Medium until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread the chocolate evenly over the caramel layer. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares.

To make ahead

Refrigerate bars for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 1 square
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 144IU 3%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Potassium 63mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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