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No-Bake Peanut Butter-Mocha Energy Bars

For a quick pick-me-up in the morning or afternoon, the mixture of peanut butter, chocolate, and coffee in these energy bars takes the cake.

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These easy-to-make energy bars make a power-packed snack for late-afternoon energy slumps or even a quick, eye-opening breakfast (your morning coffee’s mixed right in). The peanut butter and oats provide lasting stamina, and coffee and chocolate add caffeine for a quick pick-me-up. Other energy-boosting add-ins to try: MCT oil, maca powder, L-tyrosine powder, or ginseng powder.

But these tasty treats are about more than just quick energy. The peanut butter also provides a quick-and-easy vegetarian protein boost. Plus, peanut butter is a great source of monounsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol levels. Skip the low-fat varieties that remove much of this good fat, and opt instead for brands with just two ingredients: nuts and salt.

March is National Peanut Month, so we’re spotlighting flavor-packed peanut recipes throughout the month.

Servings
Makes 6–8 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbs. agave or honey
  • 2 Tbs. instant espresso powder
  • 2 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs. cacao nibs or mini vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preparation

  1. Cut sheet of parchment to fit bottom and two sides of 8-inch-square pan with edges hanging over. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, peanut butter, honey, espresso, cocoa powder, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt. Stir to mix well.
  3. Press mixture firmly into bottom of pan. Freeze 30 minutes to 1 hour. Using parchment overhang, lift bars from pan. Cut into squares. Serve immediately, or pack in individual snack-sized bags and freeze for easy transport.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 250
  • Carbohydrate Content 26 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 14 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3.5 g
  • Sodium Content 190 mg
  • Sugar Content 11 g