This pick-me-up Peanut Butter Energy Bars is a great breakfast bar or snack to boost energy levels while satisfying hunger and pleasing the taste buds. AND, it’s SO easy with only 5 ingredients!
School is back in session here in the South, and my energy is already flailing in the afternoons. It’s becoming harder and harder to keep up with teenagers, so I made these energy bars to give me a boost to make it through the day. I tried a few variations with different ingredients, but I wanted to keep it simple with as few ingredients as possible. After playing around with several batches, I think I finally hit on a recipe that can be adapted to make several different energy bars.
I think my favorite is the chocolate chip bar… or maybe the almond cranberry bar… or maybe the chocolate coated bar… or maybe…
Whatever your favorite flavor is, this basic recipe can adapt to it. So, let’s make some Peanut Butter Energy Bars for the win!
I started by melting together maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in the microwave for a few seconds. This is the binding agent for the ingredients and the base of the flavor. I then set this aside while I mixed together the dry ingredients.
The dry ingredients consist of crispy rice cereal and oats. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a few almonds or nuts of choice and some dried fruit to this mix. Once I had the dry ingredients thoroughly mixed together I added the peanut butter mixture. I highly suggest you coat a wooden spoon in cooking spray when mixing the wet and dry ingredients. Or, you can coat your hands and just dig in as I did. The mixture is quite sticky, so cooking spray is a must for mixing.
Once I had everything mixed together, I poured the mix onto a baking sheet. I did sample a bite here and there, though. 😉 I used two baking sheets because this recipe makes double what you might want. I used my coated wooden spoon and packed the mixture tightly. I then popped it into the freezer for about 30 minutes to set before cutting into bars.
This recipe is so adaptive. Try using it as a base and adding your own additional ingredients of choice. Or, melt some chocolate and dip the bars for chocolate coated peanut butter energy bars. Maybe add a few chocolate chips to the mix. No matter what you add, it’s sure to be delicious, and this recipe is SO easy and delicious. Stay energized!
Peanut Butter Energy Bars
Yield 24 Bars
This pick-me-up Peanut Butter Energy Bar is a great breakfast bar or snack to boost energy levels while satisfying hunger and pleasing the taste buds. AND, it's SO easy with only 5 ingredients!
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups maple syrup
- 5 cups crispy rice cereal
- 4 cups oats
- Place peanut butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a microwave bowl. Heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Combine crispy rice cereal and oats in a large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon or use hands coated with cooking spray. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Once mixture is set, cut into bars.
- Add chocolate chips to the recipe.
- Add dried fruit and nuts to the recipe.
- Dip the frozen bars in melted chocolate and freeze a second time until chocolate is set.
Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11.8 g
Saturated Fat 2.4 g
Sodium 142 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.3 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Sugars 18.4 g
Protein 7.6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.