Homemade Energy Bars

There are few foods I love more than chocolate and peanut butter. Together, seperate, on bread, ice cream, let’s be honest, I’d eat about anything that has a dollop of peanut butter and chocolate on it. No surprise that I am now loving the Chocolate Outrage GU. It’s also no surprise that I found a new homemade energy bar that combines those items, plus oats, dried cranberries and honey to make one tasty treat.

My addiction began with a trip to Lincoln. I always plan on gaining at least 2lbs when we travel back because we always have to stop at our favorite Nebraska food places…Valentino’s, Runza, and ocassionally Amigos. Don’t judge us, you’d like them too. Promise. Anyway, my mother-in-law Nancy also has never disappointed. When we arrive we are always greeted with some delicious homebaked treat. Chocolate chunk caramel brownies, fruit pizza, banana bread…there is always something good which has us trained to look no further than the kitchen counter as soon as we walk in the door.

Back when we visited for Easter, Nancy had made what looked like healthy brownies. I almost turned my nose up at them until I saw a chocolate chip. Intrigued, I took a tiny bite. Immediately, I was hooked. I found myself eating them little 1 inch squares at a time. Of course, we had to bring the recipe home with us. It wasn’t until I made them at home that I tried them as running fuel. I packed one in my carry-on and ate it before my long treadmill run in San Antonio. Worked like a charm.

Last weekend I made another batch before my 15 miler. It may be my perfect pre-run meal. They are delicious, packed with protein, and give me a boost without that sugar crash an hour later. Even if you’re not a peanut butter lover, you’ll like these.  This photo doesn’t do them justice. Quick iPhone pics never do.

Here’s the recipe so you can try them out.

Easiest, Most Delicious Energy Bars Ever

2 cups quick cook oats
1 cup creamy nut butter (I like Trader Joe’s Organic Unsalted Creamy Peanut Butter.)
1 cup vanilla protein powder
1 cup flaxseed (milled)
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened will cut down on sugar)
1 cup honey

Mix all together and press into 8×8 inch brownie pan. The serving size is 2×2 inch square.

These keep me full and give me an energy boost before and during runs. I’d take them over a store bought bar any time.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Energy Bars

  1. Pretty sure I will be making these. Look and sound delish!

    My BFF lives in Nebraska, and I went to Runza when I went for wedding. Hecks to the yes. So good. I’ve also heard of Amigos because she and her husband drive to the town over to go. I’d probably maim someone for both.

  2. I’m so glad I found this recipe on a Google search whim. Not only do these energy bars taste great but they also get me through my long workouts. I can’t believe how much more energy I have. This recipe is fantastic!

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