I’m a calorie watcher. Keeping track of what I eat has been a part of my life since I lost a few pounds several years ago. I’ve been calculating calories in my head for so many years now, it’s not often that I put those numbers down on paper.
However, there are times that I’m completely surprised when I calculate calories for you, and what I thought would be a skinny recipe for energy bars, turns out to be a treat.
Thus was the case with this homemade energy bar recipe inspired by Recipe Girl.
I thought Recipe Girl’s idea of using pitted prunes as a sweetener was genius – a natural sweetener with loads of fiber – but that’s where our energy bar recipes parted ways.
Quinoa was my grain of choice, along with dark chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter. I believe the peanut butter and chocolate is where my energy bars bars took a not-so-calorie-friendly turn.
My estimated 150 calorie healthy snack, was now a 250 calorie treat.
Nevertheless, this easy seven ingredient pick-me-up sticks to your ribs and satisfies your sweet tooth, so all is not lost. That’s a good thing for this “Queen of Snacking.”
Happy, healthy cooking!
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked
- 1 cup dried prunes, pitted
- ? cup peanut butter, creamy variety
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ cup peanuts, pieces
- 1 ½ cups oats
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place prunes in hot water for 10 minutes to soften, then drain and add to a food processor.
- Add peanut butter and honey to the food processor and pulse until you have a rough paste-like consistency. Then add quinoa (quinoa should be warm, so if it's not freshly cooked, warm it in the microwave) and pulse a few more times to blend.
- Scrape this base into a bowl, then add oats, peanuts and chocolate chips. The chips will slightly melt due to the warm quinoa.
- Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and spread this mixture out into the dish.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the mixture is firmly set.
- Chill and then cut into bars.
Calories: 249kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 7 Saturated fatty acids: 3.39g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 4.11g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.90g Total fat: 9.40g Calories from fat: 84 Cholesterol: -- Carbohydrate, by difference: 36.57g Total dietary fiber: 4.47g Protein: 6.70g
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