I liked these but these no-bake bars were a lot simpler to make: http://messnkitchn.blogspot.com/2013/03/energy-bars-make-your-own-vegan-gluten.html
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
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.
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- Calories: 176
- Fat: 8.2g
- Saturated fat: 2.3g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
- Protein: 4g
- Carbohydrate: 24g
- Fiber: 2g
- Cholesterol: 16mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Sodium: 62mg
- Calcium: 18mg
- 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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