No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

no bake peanut butter energy bar2  With two active kids, I need all the energy I can get. Add in training for a half marathon and working full time, and I’m desperate for energy. When another cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it, try a protein-packed (and homemade!) sugar-free energy bar. These take just a few minutes to whip up and can store in the fridge for several days. They’d also be a great breakfast or snack when traveling.

Three no bake peanut butter energy bar2No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chia or flax seed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Line the bottom and sides of a 9×9 or 11×7 baking dish with parchment paper.

In a medium saucepan on low heat, melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and honey until smooth, stirring occasionally. Fold in remaining ingredients.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Remove parchment from pan and cut into bars.

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