Heart healthy chocolate peanut butter energy bars

(from Asaka’s recipe box)

Source: Health magazine

Categories: dessert, heart healthy


  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c barley flakes or rolled oats
  • 3/4 c dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 c semisweet choc chips, divided


  1. eheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. IN a large bowl, beat brown sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Beat in eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Add barley flakes or oats, cranberries, peanuts and 3/4 c chocolate chips, stirring to combine.

  3. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Cool completely in pan or on wire rack.

  4. In a small bowl, set in a pan of simmering water, melt remaining 1/4 c choc chhips, stirring til smooth and drizzle over bars. Refrigerate til set. Cut into 24 bars.

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