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Peanut Butter Apricot Energy Bars

Ten minutes and $6 worth of ingredients = two week's worth of health-packed energy bars.

I promise you can whip these energy bars together in less time than it takes to read the chemical ingredients on the boxes of store-bought crap out there.

The magic words?

No Baking.

One Pot.

Clean Energy.

Peanut Butter Apricot Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural pb
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricot
  • 1/2 cup crushed or slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup crushed or slivered walnuts
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (for best nutrients, use a coffee grinder to blend whole seeds into a powder)

Directions

In a large pot over low heat, melt the peanut butter and honey until runny. Add other ingredients and stir to coat. Spoon into a wax paper-lined 9×9 baking sheet and press flat. Chill in the fridge. Cut into 16 bars.

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My only caveat: these are meant for high-caloric diets (i.e. while training) so unless you’re a 200-pound man, be mindful of the 240 calories per bar. If you are working out, the high protein nature of these bars makes for a fantastic post-workout snack (which is essential to your muscle-building/fat-burning potential).

Note to self: start working out.

DOMESTICA UPDATE (Jan/2012): I was totally and completely WRONG about these being a good post-workout snack. Just goes to show how far I’ve come in my own health journey! A) they have too little protein and B) they have a high level of fat, which slows digestion and interrupts your post-workout protein synthesis. D’oh! Instead, opt for a protein shake as your immediate post-workout hit and then have a carb/protein snack within an hour of that. These bars can just be for good energy during the other parts of the day or even as a PRE-workout snack!

Discussion

8 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Apricot Energy Bars

  1. Those sound great! I will have to try them. I’ve used this recipe before and they were tasty – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-granola-bars-recipe/index.html.

    Posted by Vanessa | February 8, 2010, 4:58 pm
  2. Hey Tasha, thanks for headsup about having a protein bar within 30 minutes of my workouts. The big problem for me is that I will have lowered my blood glucose only to spike it with these bars. The honey, oats & apricot will drive it way up.

    Posted by Mom | February 13, 2010, 10:33 pm
    • Hmmm…then make sure to have another high-protein snack like a handful of blanched almonds maybe?

      Posted by Natasha | February 14, 2010, 5:49 am
  3. You made these yourself? Looks tasty.

    Posted by Healthy Protein Bars | May 11, 2010, 7:22 pm
    • Yes, and they’re VERY easy! I got the recipe from Oxygen magazine but have since made a few edits to add more oats since I found they were too wet. Great if you’re eating them right out of the fridge but when packing to go, the extra oats make for a more solid bar.

      Posted by Natasha | May 11, 2010, 7:35 pm

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