Peanut Butter Oat and Fruit Bars

April 25, 2011

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This was sort of an accidental recipe. I hadn’t intended to make a snack bar, but after toying with a few peanut butter dessert recipes, I found this to be a more practical, healthier option that can be eaten for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Don’t get me wrong, I love peanut butter desserts, but in an effort to get (and stay) fit for my upcoming nuptials, I’ve been focusing less on the sweets and more on tasty, healthy options packed with nutrients.

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Peanut butter is fattening. No joke. But it’s loaded with protein, fiber and sustains me throughout the day. As many of you know, I’m not big on breakfast, but I also don’t enjoy listening to the sound of my tummy wail and hiss until lunchtime comes around. So I usually force a little something down on my way out the door.  This is actually perfect for me, because I can grab it and go and it’s tasty, filling and nutritious.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy or both!)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup agave

1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup dried cherries (sweetened) (or any fruit you like- raisins, etc)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a sauce pan on low heat, melt the peanut butter, coconut oil, agave and cinnamon.

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In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. The mixture should be a tad crumbly and sticky, but if it’s too dry, add a splash of water to thin it out a bit.

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Then, firmly press the peanut butter mix into a greased (8×8) baking dish.

Bake for for about 12 minutes. Cut into bars after it .

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The bars are dense and a tad crumbly, but they hold together well and are great to carry to the office or take on a workout.

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The sweetness of the fruit and the of the oats are reminiscent of a granola bar, but much more filling. Hope you enjoy!

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{ 20 comments }

Linda @ Lemons May 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

These look so good! I love peanut butter, oats and dried fruit. I will definitely try this recipe.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Thank you, Linda! I hope you like it!

Leah @ Why Deprive? April 27, 2011 at 12:41 am

These bars sound really good. I love peanut butter, a little too much if we’re being honest. :)
I love the idea of adding the dried cherries. That would be sooo good!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

LOL! I’m also crazy for peanut butter! YUM!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have definitely become a breakfast person, but am always on the lookout for a change up from the usual cement-like bowl of oats. Thanks for sharing this!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

I completely understand. I get really tired of eating oatmeal, really fast. Hope you’ll give this recipe a try! :)

DessertForTwo April 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Mmm! Yum! I’ve been needing a new granola bar for breakfast lately! I love that this one has whole wheat flour and agave! Thanks for sharing :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

You are most welcome! Hope you like it!

Rachel (tea and chocolate) April 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

These look like the perfect snack! Can’t get much more filling and delicious than oats and peanut butter.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

Thanks, Rachel! They really are a terrific, tasty snack.

Lara @ six times the yum April 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

The flowing agave photo is definitely the money shot. *Drool!* Those bars look so delicious, and I love the ingredient list!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thank you, Laura! I am a big fan of that photo as well. ;)

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Those do look really good and filling. Love the dried fruit and pb combo. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Thanks, Tina! These are great high energy snacks.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

These look terrific!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Thanks, Lauren!

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch free vegan April 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

WOw beautiful pics! We would love it if you submitted some to our photo site! http://www.healthfreakfood.com

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks ladies! Will do!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

Peanut butter and oats are two of my fave foods so these sound amazing :) . Grab and go breakfasts are super key during the week!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks, Beth! I totally agree!

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