Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars | Magnolia DaysYou know what time it is. You don’t even have to look at the clock. It is when you feel drained and need something to keep you going. For me that time is 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I wake up early and go at full speed until that time. An organic granola bar is what I usually have for a snack. However lately it seems lacking or I’m bored with the same old thing. I decided to make my own to incorporate the flavors I wanted. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars is now what I grab when I need a little boost.

Deciding on the name of the bars was difficult. They have so much packed into them; oats, quinoa, raisins, peanuts, coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, and honey. Quinoa seems to be big on healthy trends these days yet it doesn’t have quite the appeal as oatmeal. Oatmeal raisin is a popular combination too. The flavor of peanut butter in these bars is greater than raisin though. So I settled on peanut butter oatmeal and called it a day.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars | Magnolia DaysHow are the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars? They are soft with a bit of crunch from the toasted quinoa. The softness also makes them break apart easily. I had to push a few of them back together as I was cutting them. A short time in the fridge helped to firm them up. Peanut butter is the prevalent flavor with a blend of all the other ingredients in the background.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars | Magnolia DaysExercise is important to stay healthy and strong. Two things I do are yard work and gardening. Using the equipment (edger, string trimmer, mower, blower, hedge trimmer) works out the muscles and is a load bearing activity. Pushing the mower, especially on my steep front yard, gets the heart rate up and is good for an aerobic activity. Planting, fertilizing, weeding, and watering plants gets me off the couch and moving around in the great outdoors.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars | Magnolia DaysHow do you stay fit and healthy? Do you exercise? Do you make good food choices and nutritious meals for your family? Sunday Supper has partnered with American Family Insurance to share recipes that are a part of a healthy fit lifestyle. Scroll down to see a list with links to recipes and check out AmFam’s Health and Fitness Pinterest board for more inspiration. Special thanks to Denise of Run DMT for hosting this event.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars
 
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These healthy peanut butter oatmeal energy bars are loaded with quinoa, raisins, coconut, chocolate, peanuts, and honey for a delicious snack that fuels you too.
Serves: Makes 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ½ cup golden raisins, coarsley chopped
  • ½ cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper with a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides.
  2. Spread oats and quinoa evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  3. Place oats, quinoa, raisins, peanuts, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Stir together peanut butter, honey, oil, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Boil for 1 minute.
  5. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir to coat.
  6. Press mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan.
  7. Use the parchment paper to lift it out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
  8. Cut into 1- X 4-inch bars. If any bars break apart, press them back together. Chill bars to firm up.

Recipe adapted from one in Cooking Light magazine April 2014 edition.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m loving these Renee! Sometimes I actually prefer quinoa in this form over eating it as is. This really is the perfect afternoon pick me up.

    • says

      I like quinoa both this way and cooked. Something about it is just so good. Now if only I could get my husband to like it as much as I do.

  2. says

    These look great. I wonder if I could substitute almond butter for the peanut butter? I need some healthy, energizing snacks before aerobics

  3. says

    FINALLY an energy bar that is calling my name!! This is exactly what I need mid-day, and I have a couple peanut butter lovers at home that would enjoy these, too.

    • says

      I know what you mean about looking for energy bars at the store. I think I’ve tried all of them. I like these homemade ones the best.

  4. says

    Oh my, I think I really need a big batch of these in my life, immediately! I love that there is toasted quinoa involved…YUM!

  5. says

    Yes, 3pm is my down time, too. Such a bummer, because I used to always go to the gym so that my gym time would coincide with the Ellen show, so I could watch it on the treadmill. Well, Ellen used to be on at 10a here, and then they moved it to 3p. No way do I have the energy to go work at 3! Maybe if I chow down one of these bars on my way to the gym, I’d be good to do. These look so great, Renee. Love the golden raisins in there!

  6. says

    Hi Renee, I was just trying to figure out what to cook for a friend who had open heart surgery, and I saw your recipe on Twitter! My friend was not a particularly healthy eater and is now trying to change that but doesn’t know what to eat for breakfast or snacks. These look like a perfect thing to make for him – healthy and delicious!

    It was so great meeting you at the Food and Wine Conference! I just subscribed to your blog and I look forward to all of your great recipes and your beautiful photos too! Lisa

    • says

      It was wonderful meeting you at the conference too! I wish your friend good health and hope he enjoys snacking on these energy bars.

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