Chocolate, peanut butter and oat bars

If you have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a health bites kick. It’s a pretty good little dose of sweetness and a great pre- or post-run snack. I tend to make these in balls just because it’s easier for me to make them that way, but by all means make bars if that’s your thing.

These have chocolate, which I’m not a huge fan of normally, but I thought I would give them a shot and I know many of my readers are into chocolate. And I made two batches, one with maple-flavored agave and one without. I started with a recipe I found on (where else?) Pinterest, and adapted it to meet my needs. These aren’t my favorite because of the chocolate, (a little too sweet and not my taste) but I would make them again to mix things up.

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

Makes about 8 balls

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp nut butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1/2 C oats
  • Optional: 1 Tsp vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp sweetener (Brown/White Sugar, Agave, Maple Syrup or Stevia), 1 Tbsp nuts, seeds or dried fruit

Directions

  1. Melt the first three ingredients together on low heat, stirring constantly
  2. Add the Oats and any optional ingredients, stir to combine. (You want this mixture to be fairly dry. If it’s not dry enough, add more oats one tablespoon at a time)
  3. Press mixture into bars or balls.
  4. Put in refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes or until bars have set up. Slice or break apart.

Is it worth making homemade bars?

Since I have posted a few different recipes for homemade granola or energy bars, I thought I would take a moment and touch on if it’s worth making your own. This is a personal preference to everyone and I enjoy making them, eating something I’ve made and customizing them how I want.

The Kitchn has a fun series, Make or Buy where they see if it’s worth the time, money and taste to make or buy different foods. here is there take on granola bars.

Do you make or buy your bars? What do you always add to yours?