August 17, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars


I have had a little bit of an obsession with PROBARS lately. Especially the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter flavor. It's like dessert for breakfast - which I'm all about. Except this dessert is much better for you than a slice of German Chocolate Cake and just as delicious! The problem with PROBARS is that they're so dang expensive. So I decided to try my hand at making my own version!

These bars are chock full of nutty and seedy goodness. They're rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants + Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids! If you're watching your calorie intake - I wouldn't eat these in excess, but it's definitely a good idea to add nuts and seeds into your diet and these breakfast bars are a great way to start!

If you don't like any one of the ingredients listed below try substituting with some of your favorite nuts or seeds. Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Peanuts, or even Almond Butter would work great in this recipe. Use whatever you have on hand. It's that kind of recipe - you can't really screw this one up!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl - mix together the oats, flax seed meal, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, and almonds. Mix until well combined. Pour in your agave nectar and toss all of the nuts, grains, and seeds until coated. 

Add the peanut butter into the bowl and mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. You may need to use your hands to properly combine everything. This is where it gets a little messy!

Grease an 8x8 square baking dish (or any other similarly sized dish). Pour the mixture into the dish and press firmly down. Press until the mix is an even layer. Allow to sit overnight to let the bars set. Cut into squares and serve.

16 comments:

  1. wow oh wow that looks amazing! peanut butter and chocolate - perfect!

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    1. Thank you!! I love chocolate and peanut butter too!

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  2. Oh wow this looks just as good as PROBAR, I too have a seriously obsession with them too. I am going to try to make these my self because PROBAR'S are way too expensive where I live; there like almost 4 dollars a bar.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah - same here. Almost $4 a bar!

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  3. This is delicious! Thanks for posting... sooo yummy! :)

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  4. I love this recipe. Takes care of my sweet tooth. I replaced the agave syrup with date syrup(no added sugars)so it's even more nutritious.

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    1. Thanks Monica! Date syrup sounds fantastic in this recipe!

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  5. Can I just hire you to cook for me? Everything looks so delicious but I'm still stuck at the "planning to do it" stage! Keep up the fantastic posts :)

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks so much Wendy! If I could I would send you a batch of these bars!

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  6. I made these today and they are delicious. Do you happen to have nutritional info if made as the recipe says? I put all the food I eat on Fitness Pal, so that info would be helpful. thanks!!!

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    1. Unfortunatley I don't have the nutrition content for these bars. It looks like My Fitness Pal has a nutrition calculator if you'd like to figure it out!

      http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

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  7. You can buy Pro Bars online ... from Vitacost they average $3.00 per bar ... that includes shipping. That is the cheapest I have found anywhere except when Whole Foods was having a sale and I was able to get them for $2.00 / bar ... You better believe I stocked up then :-) This recipe looks wonderful and I am eager to try it ... Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. You're welcome :) I stocked up when they were on sale too!! They're my favorite!!

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  8. Hmmm...Going to make these today ( i know i am way behind on the post ;) )...i wonder if you can add some protein powder? Maybe reduce the oat
    s or instead of some of the seeds? I am going to give it a shot. will let you know how it turns out!

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    1. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner Darin. Did you add the protein powder? How did it turn out?!

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