Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Energy Bars

Snack and Appetizer Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

These healthy peanut butter and chocolate energy bars are to die for! Made from natural ingredients that taste amazing you will really taste the homemade difference from those high priced bars you buy in the store. Perfect on the go healthy snack for school, the office, or even in the car. The oats, peanut butter, and seeds provide protein and long term energy so ideal pre/post workout or for sporting events. This nutritious recipe is so tasty and simple you will make it all the time!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 18 serving(s)


  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/2 cups puffed wheat cereal
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (you can also use pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine oats, almonds, puffed cereal, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, salt, and agave nectar. Bring mixture to a slight boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour mixture quickly over the dry ingredients (like Rice Krispie Treats). Stir to combine…chocolate chips will melt.
  4. With wet fingers, press mixture VERY FIRMLY into a 9x13 pan lined with wax paper. Let harden. (I put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden quickly before cutting.) Cut into approximately 18 pieces. If you want them thicker, make 1 and ½ of the recipe or don't fill the whole pan.
  5. Store in the freezer– best when thawed for a few minutes. *I wrap individual bars in wax paper and keep in freezer in a Tupperware tub so kids can grab “on the go”.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 bar

Calories: 235

Protein: 5 gram(s)

Fat: 14 gram(s)

Carbohydrates: 24 gram(s)

Fiber: 3 gram(s)

Sugar: 14 gram(s)

Sodium: 587 milligram(s)

*You can use honey but I prefer Agave Nectar which has a low glycemic index; is less sticky than honey; and has all the useful properties of real sugars when baking.

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