It never fails that around 1-2 pm, I hit a wall and fall into an afternoon slump.  I blame feeling full from lunch and especially if I am in a warm room, my eyes just get heavy and I become more lethargic.  I often use an afternoon snack or beverage as a pick-me-up to combat the feeling of wanting to do nothing but nap.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars have many good-for-you ingredients and will give you an energy boost if you feel the grogginess that I described in the early afternoon.  Peanuts and peanut butter provide protein to keep you feeling full and satiated for hours.  A good dose of whole grains like whole wheat flour, rolled oats and wheat germ help to get in your servings of healthy carbs for the day.  And to give you something to look forward to, these bars are packed with chocolate chips and even drizzled with some melty chocolate for a little antioxidant boost.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

So give yourself an afternoon snack to look forward to that will help to keep you focused throughout the day and make a batch of these Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Whole grain bars packed with energy rich ingredients like peanuts and chocolate chips to keep you going all day long

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter and brown sugar together to combine.
  4. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Add rolled oats and wheat germ and mix.
  7. Add peanuts, 3/4 cup chocolate chips and mix well.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake 20 minutes and cool in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle over bars.
  11. Remove from pan, cut and serve.
  12. Recipe adapted from Health Magazine

mix together peanut butter and brown sugar

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add eggs, oil and vanilla and mix

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in oats and wheat germ

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in peanuts and chocolate chips

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

spread into pan and bake

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

cool, drizzle with chocolate, cut and serve

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    this is exactly how I want a power bar. full of peanut butter, whole grains, and all that chocolate!! Mercedes. I’m drooling right now and this is exactly what I want for breakfast. 🙂 Love the crunchy peanuts inside – I love nuts in bars like this.

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 16, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      I am so glad that we are on the same page when it comes to energy bars Sally! Your approval always makes me proud! Have a great day!

      Reply

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    These bars would definitely perk me up during long afternoons, love the chocolate and PB combo!

    Reply

  3. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    I definitely need a couple of these in the afternoon!

    Reply

  4. alex
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    chocolate and peanut butter..can’t beat it! I think I would eat the whole pan!

    Reply

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