Easy Peanut Maple Energy Bites

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These are pretty much identical to Clif Peanut Butter Bars. Except homemade and therefore cheaper. And healthier. And more delicious. So, maybe they’re not that identical after all. Dare I say superior? 🙂

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I love that these are quick and easy to throw together, and the perfect on-the-go energy.

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This is also one of those blank canvas recipes. Try adding a puffed cereal like brown rice, millet, or kamut, or a dried fruit like raisins, or substitute the pb with another nut butter (it’s amazing with cashew butter!). You can add chocolate or carob chips, cocoa powder, white chocolate chunks, or even substitute the oat bran for your favorite protein powder! The combinations are endless.

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I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe, because they go fast.

Ingredients

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  • 2/3 cup unsweetened all-natural peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed or chia seed
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (may substitute other liquid sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup oat bran (I used 2 tbs oat bran and 2 tbs wheat bran)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, vanilla, and maple. Mix until smooth (if your pb has been refrigerated and is too stiff to mix easily, try microwaving it before mixing, until it is soft enough).

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Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well incorporated.

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Shape it into bars on wax paper if you prefer. I made them into little balls because it’s a little easier. You can enjoy them right away, or refrigerate if you want them to stiffen up more.

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Here’s to healthy energy fueling your New Year’s athletic aspirations. 🙂 Enjoy!

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17 responses

  1. Ooh! I’d never thought to make something like this, but it seems like a terrific mid-morning snack. How well do these keep? Could I bring them to the office and stash them in my desk drawer, or do they have to be refrigerated?

    • I’m so glad you like it. 🙂 I refrigerated mine, and they lasted great for about 2 weeks (maybe longer, but I ate them all by then..). I would guess they won’t last super long out of the fridge, because they don’t have all the preservatives store-bought bars do, but I’m sure they’d be fine for a work week or so. Let me know how it goes for you!

  2. I’m curious if you’ve tried the same thing with a cooked grain (steel-cut oats? short-grain brown rice) instead of quick-cook oats? Look like just the thing to put in the back of your biking jersey. Ken

    • They would be great as fuel for a ride! I haven’t tried a cooked grain, though I am anxious to try it with steel-cut oats. I used quick oats because their soft texture and size, and that they work raw (saving cooking time.) But I’m sure they would work great with a cooked grain, especially if you keep them in the fridge. If you try it, I would love to hear your thoughts!

  3. I made these the other day – except I mashed a ripe banana and added a little agave in place of the maple syrup. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and banana? It worked really well and tasted amazing! Thanks for the post!

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