Aren’t you just sick and tired of getting ripped off buying all those pre-packaged energy bars for like two dollars a pop? I’ve realized that it is a total rip off.
Also have you looked at some of the ingredients? Granted some of them are actually pretty decent and of course much better than your pop tarts or candy bars but some store-bought energy bars do manage to sneak in a unfriendly ingredient here and there without our knowledge of it.
But either way I did get addicted to energy bars for a while. One I was particularly obsessed with were those Peanut Butter Crunch Clif Bars. Oh my goodness are THOSE GOOD. So good that I would buy the 24 packs for 24 dollars and stash them in my cabinet and munch on them every morning. And then buy them again, and again, and yes, again.
Well I started to realize that this was a pretty bad habit. And I was getting a little tired of buying them when I could just make them myself and probably put the right ingredients in them! So I just took a stand and said no more! I saved a Clif wrapper to have the ingredients list for reference and the rest was history.
So I went on the quest to make MY OWN peanut butter snack/energy bars that’s customized to satisfy my needs and my stomach. I wanted to make sure it still had the characteristics of Clif bars like its crunch and signature chewiness. It seemed like a challenge at first but a pulled through and completed my quest (I’m reading Lord of the Rings right now, all about the quests).
My first attempt at making these bars I just went full on peanut butter. Nothing else and it was just pretty bland. It was SUPER chewy, enough to hurt your jaw and it also tasted very bland with no other flavors to compliment the peanut butter. So I learned and decided to add coconut and chocolate as well as changing the measurements of some of the other base ingredients and they turned out to be SO GOOD. It was amazing, when I took that first bite it was the perfect amount of chewiness and peanut butter flavor I needed. Gosh I seriously pat myself on the back for being able to succeed in creating a bar that was chewy yet still holds together. Its seems like a phenomenon when doing no-bake recipes.
I taste tested these on a few people (of course my mom was one of them) and they all claimed this this was an absolute success! Not to mention I really feel like this is one of the yummiest things I have created on this blog so far. The chocolate is definitely makes these bars a treat but if you just want to make them peanut butter snacks without any more sweetness you don’t have to add the chocolate ‘ganache’ on top. I have tried without and it still rocks my socks. Also definitely get brown rice syrup and try not to substitute it for honey. I have not tried using honey with this recipe, but I assume it wouldn’t hold well and you’d have to keep them refrigerated.
What energy/snack bars do you always buy? Have you also attempted at recreating them at home to save a buck and use better ingredients?
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup brown rice syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cups rice puffs
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- ¾ cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut
- Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until into a paste, and set aside.
- Add the rice puffs, peanuts and coconut to the food processor and give it just a few pulses so it breaks apart a bit, and add to a bowl along with the brown rice flour, cinnamon and salt. Mix together and set aside.
- Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and completely blended. Stir in the vanilla extract and the pureed dates until fully combined.
- Remove from heat and add in the dry mixture and stir until well combined and there is no more flour left. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan. Put in the fridge while melting the chocolate.
- To prepare the topping, bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set a heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to the bowl stirring constantly until the chocolate begins to melt and combines with the oil. Spread the melted chocolate over the bars making sure you get all the edges. Sprinkle with the desiccated coconut on top of the chocolate.
- Let the bars sit in the refrigerator until completely cool and firm, at least 1 hour. Cut into bars and then serve.