Peanut Butter Beast Bars

July 17, 2011

In a nutshell, this season at work has been crazy, this phase of training has been a bit intense, and the hunger is creeping up big time. (As it should be!) This is not the kind of hunger that can be sated with a piece of gum when it sneaks up at 4pm. No.

This is “FEED ME NOW OR PAY THE PRICE,”  beastly-type-of-hunger.

Did I mention that between work and training and life I haven’t had a chance to get to the grocery store? I actually saw my husband eating a bowl of quinoa, canned black beans and mustard the other day. I am so ashamed.

So, this hunger screams even louder.

I have been playing with a few recipes to use under circumstances just like these and at last, I have found a good “to-the-rescue” bar; one that packs a tasty, salty, sweet and powerful punch so that I can nibble on it before morning runs, pack it into my jersey for rides, and hide it in my desk drawer for when the four o’clock beast rears her ugly head (sometimes as early as 2:45pm.)

I took these along as pre- and mid- fuel when some girlfriends and I headed up to Pope Valley to survey the course for our Climate Ride Fundraiser this upcoming August. They were great for a pre-ride snack.

Note that you could really play with this recipe by switching out the peanut butter for almond butter, cashew butter, or a combo of nut butters. And, you could swap out the raisins with your favorite dried fruits. In fact, we are concocting a coconut + chocolate chip + peanut butter version to serve along the fundraiser course….stay tuned!

Peanut Butter Beast Bars
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup unsweetened big flake coconut
  2. 1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
  3. 1/2 cup whole toasted almonds (or other toasted nuts)
  4. 1/2 cup raisins (or cranberries, blueberries or cherries)
  5. 2 cups quick oats
  6. 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  7. 1 cup creamy roasted peanut butter
  8. 1 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. makes one 9x12 inch pan of bars
  2. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the coconut, sunflower seeds, nuts, raisins, oats and puffed rice. Set aside.
  4. In a microwave-proof bowl, or a small sauce pan, gently warm the syrup, honey and the peanut butter. (About 2 minutes in the microwave.) Once the honey/peanut butter mixture is warm, stir until rather smooth and homogenous. Add the vanilla.
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until all of the dry ingredients are well coated. Next, press the mixture into the prepared pan with the back of a spatula. Coat with waxed paper and let cool completely in the refrigerator. Once cool, slice and eat eat eat!
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  • Reply ldpaulson May 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Kitchen experimentation is certain after testing the recipe as written. (Well, more honey than maple syrup was used and no microwave (bain marie-ish contraption), but other than that … as written.) Tasty! They were cut into nuggets, which is a delightful way to enjoy them. Looking forward to trying some wild nut butter flavors (chocolate-coconut especially) in a future batch. What successful combinations have you concocted since posting this, Lentine?

    • Reply Lentine Alexis May 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Yay! I’m so glad you like this recipe — this is a standard in our house. My favorite version is made with straight almond butter and dried blueberries, and then most recently for riders with almond + cacao nib butter, and a little bit of coconut. The sky is the limit! 🙂

      • Reply ldpaulson May 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Ha! I guessed correctly … you used your own nut butter! Exercising all kinds of restraint to prevent immediately devouring the entire pan to be able to make yet another. There will be chocolate. Oh, yes. There will be chocolate. But in what form is the question.

  • Reply ldpaulson August 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Dearest Lentine: I attempted to share this amazing tried ‘n’ true recipe with my friend who is a starving open-water swimmer with an team of ravenous kayakers. Her safety paddlers pooped out on her before she was ready to call her long swim. She needs these … stat!!! Thank you! ldp

    • Reply Lentine Alexis August 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Oh wonderful! I’m so pleased to hear that the bars are getting pushed around to athletes in different disciplines! These are my favorite energy bars to make and share! Thank you for continuing to pass the goodness around! 🙂

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