Chocolate Energy Bars

Posted by Lori Merrill & Leigh Ann Hudson on 02/13/2018

 

Do you LOVE No-Bake Cookies? Or you might refer to them as Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. That ooey-gooey chocolate mess was the first thing I learned to make from scratch when I was a little girl. So, when I heard about a protein bar that resembles those little goodies, I had to give it a try. 

I obtained this recipe many years ago for my boys to help them with their fitness program. However, once I read the ingredients I wasn't sure how healthy they were, but rather it was a recipe for them to gain weight/muscle (I know...it makes me sick too that there are people in this world that must work at it). I changed some things in them to make it healthy for someone like me. I have continued to change it and allow it to evolve as I have learned more and more about fitness and health. 

These could certainly take the place of No-Bake Cookies or Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies or whatever you choose as your favorite name for them.

I hope you enjoy them!! 

In His Love, Lori

 

CHOCOLATE ENERGY BARS from Lori Merrill

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup honey (local honey is better for you)
  • ½ cup almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup almond milk or cashew milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup Kerry gold butter
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder (I use Viva Naturals Certified Organic Cacao Powder, but you can use cocoa powder)
  • 2 cups protein powder  

Directions:

  • Heat butter in large pot. Add honey, cacao powder and milk.
  • Stir ingredients together well and heat until it boils. 
  • Then boil 2 minutes, stirring often. 
  • Turn heat off and stir in protein powder into the chocolate mix until dissolved.
  • Add peanut butter and stir until well blended.
  • Add vanilla. Mix well.
  • Remove from stove and then mix in oatmeal.
  • Put mixture into 9 x 13 glass dish and spread evenly, pressing as you spread it.
  • Put in refrigerator until firm. 
  • Cut into bars and wrap each bar in Saran Wrap or wax paper. 
  • Store in fridge so they are easy to grab and go!

 

 

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