Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

by Renee on July 27, 2014

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars | Magnolia Days

You 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 Days

How 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 Days

Exercise 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 Days

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars

1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes 16 bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars

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.

  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins, coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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.

Spread oats and quinoa evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Place oats, quinoa, raisins, peanuts, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

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.

Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir to coat.

Press mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan.

Use the parchment paper to lift it out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board.

Cut into 1- X 4-inch bars. If any bars break apart, press them back together. Chill bars to firm up.

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

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Jennifer July 27, 2014 at 6:56 am

Beautiful pictures and yummy recipe! I bet my kids would love these!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Thanks a bunch Jennifer

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Run DMT July 27, 2014 at 7:01 am

These are right up my alley! Perfect combination to pack the power and energy I need to run! Thanks for sharing!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

These would be great for you before or after running. Thanks Denise.

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Susan July 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

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.

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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.

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Hezzi-D July 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

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

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Yes, absolutely you can substitute almond butter for peanut butter and almonds for the peanuts. These are easily adaptable.

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Laura Dembowski July 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

I always add quinoa to my granola and love the crunch it adds. I bet it does the same thing in these bars. They must have so many fabulous textures and flavors!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Oh yes, these bars have lots of great flavors and textures.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips July 27, 2014 at 8:18 am

I’m reading the ingredients to my son, and he is all over these!Sometimes I think I should take on the lawn mowing – it is a great workout!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Then you should make them for your son and I hope he enjoys them. And yes, lawn mowing is definitely a great workout.

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Shaina July 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

Energy bars are life savers! These sound like the perfect pick-me-up.

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The sure are! Thanks Shaina

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Constance J Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) July 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

These bars look absolutely delicious!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Thank you Conni

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Liz July 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

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.

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Thanks Liz

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals July 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

OMG Renee I love this combo! I’m always looking for an energy bar at the store but these are on my list to make who needs store bought ones when I could have these, and they look so easy too!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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.

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Beate July 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Now this sounds like a energy bar even I would like. Love the way it sounds, and looks. Perfection, Renee.

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thanks Bea and I think you would like it too. And it is non-dairy too.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required July 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

No wonder why you are in such great shape, Renee. You have found the right combination and these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bars are just the right pick-me-up when I start to drag!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

You made me smile Betsy! Thank you so much for that kind compliment.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog July 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Renee, I love the addition of crunchy quinoa. These bars look like the perfect mid-day pick me up.

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I like the crunch of the quinoa too. Thanks Jennie

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Cindys Recipes and Writings July 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I could use 2 of these right now!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I wish I could send you 2 of them through the screen right now. Thanks Cindy.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere July 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

These are some good looking energy bars!

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thanks a bunch Sarah

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Alida July 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I love absolutely everything in these, from the peanut butter to the quinoa to the coconut. I can’t wait to make them (soon!!)

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Renee July 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Alida

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Katie July 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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!

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Renee August 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Thanks Katie

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Mary Frances July 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

These look like such a great and healthy snack, thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Renee August 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

They sure are a great snack. Thanks Mary Frances.

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons July 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

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!

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Renee August 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I always went to the gym and worked out early in the morning. I couldn’t do it mid-afternoon either.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

SO GOOD-this is totally the way I like to get my energy! These bars look crazy addictive and tasty

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Renee August 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Kayle

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Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva July 31, 2014 at 12:23 am

I need to make these and take them to the office – this happens to me everyday around 10:30. Great recipe!

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Renee August 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Thanks Christy!

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lisa July 31, 2014 at 7:54 am

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

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Renee August 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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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