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? 🙂
I love that these are quick and easy to throw together, and the perfect on-the-go energy.
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.
I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe, because they go fast.
- 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
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).
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
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.
Here’s to healthy energy fueling your New Year’s athletic aspirations. 🙂 Enjoy!