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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars quickly come together with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, peanut butter, and honey!

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

One of my daughter’s favorite snacks are energy bites, and consequently, she frequently asks if we can whip up a batch. She loves energy bites because they’re yummy and cute, and she thinks it’s fun to help me make them. I love them because they’re wholesome, filling, and easily adaptable to whatever ingredients I have on hand, meaning that I can switch out the type of nut, nut butter, or dried fruit that I use. My boys enjoy energy bites…and my husband is a fan of them…and I like them, too…soooo we make them a lot!

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

But I have to admit that this past summer, I got a teensy bit tired of making them — ha. So one day it occurred to me that perhaps I could blend up the ingredients as usual and then, instead of rolling them into little balls, I could quickly press the mixture into a baking dish. And thus we arrived at Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy BARS!

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

The first time I made these, I wasn’t sure the recipe would work in bar form. But sure enough, it did! The important thing to understand is that since the no-bake mixture needs to be chilled to hold its form, these energy bars should be stored in the refrigerator.

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

While they’re not ideal to toss in a purse or backpack, they can definitely be popped in a lunchbox with an ice pack, and they’re great straight out of the fridge for breakfast or as an after-school snack. My husband even tends to sneak them for dessert…shhhhh!

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

Even though their name references peanut butter, these energy bars turn out beautifully using any nut (or nut-free) butter…almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, whatever floats your boat!

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

Same can be said for the nuts…make ’em with pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, or any combination of the above. And as for the dried fruit, I typically go for raisins or dried cranberries, but feel free to use your favorite.

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

So three cheers for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars! Because who wouldn’t love a recipe with the appealing flavor and nutrition of energy bites…but without the manual labor?! 😉

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars ~ quickly come together in the food processor with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter (or your favorite alternative), dried fruit, and honey! | FiveHeartHome.com

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Category: snack, breakfast

Cuisine: American

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars quickly come together with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, peanut butter, and honey!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nuts (such as pecans, walnuts, cashews, almonds, etc.)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup raisins (OR dried cranberries)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup peanut butter (OR alternative nut butter)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a large food processor, pulse the nuts until finely ground (but stop before they start turning to nut butter!). Add the oats, raisins, chia seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the nuts; pulse five (1-second) pulses to combine. Add the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla to the mixture; pulse until all of the ingredients are well blended, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  2. Scrape the mixture into an 8- by 8-inch baking dish; firmly press into an even layer. Cover and chill for two hours or until firm. Use a knife to slice into bars. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Recipe may be doubled and pressed into a 9- by 13-inch dish.

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