Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

imageRemember that one time a naive mom of three young ones, including a 3 month old in some serious need of sleep/nap training, and two rooms full of boxes still waiting to be unpacked as well as recycling stacked high, boots strewn about, and art supplies scattered everywhere said “HEY! Who wants this yummy recipe asap?”  Do you remember that??? My memory is a bit rusty because that was almost a week ago and I’m finally getting around to writing it out to share.  SO BEAR WITH ME PLEASE!  Or can I cry HELP???!

Let’s get to it!  These Energy Bars or Irregular Energy Planets as we call them are every bit delicious as they are GOOD to eat!  Gluten, diary, and refined sugar free, these are sure to please even the pickiest of little kid eaters and satisfy those hangry moments during the day (mine usually last between 8am-9pm).

Loaded with hemp hearts, ground flax seed, shredded coconut flakes, oatmeal, peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips, these pack a nutritive punch and give you that satisfactory chocolate taste.  This recipe can be replaced with just about anything you have lying around–chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, nuts, etc.  Get creative and try things out!  Maybe even create your own recipe?

I will note that these “bars” can just as easy be rolled into convenient little balls/bites or cut up and stored in wax paper or plastic wrap for an on-the-go granola bar.  I just keep them in the fridge during the summer so they don’t melt during our expeditions.

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

You will need: glass or plastic bowl, sturdy spoon, 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish

16 0z jar or 2 cups peanut butter (we like to use Adam’s brand w/ no added oils or sugar)

2/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup hemp hearts

2 cups old fashioned oatmeal (quick oats should work too)

1 cup chocolate chips

Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl.  Heat  in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds or with a glass bowl, you can use a double boiler (makes it way easier for the natural peanut butter to mix up if its a little soft).  Add vanilla, coconut flakes, ground flax seed, hemp hearts and stir thoroughly. Add in oatmeal and chocolate chips, stirring until all the oats and chips are mixed into the giant clump.

Either roll the “dough” into 1 TBSP sized balls and roll around in ground flax seed OR sprinkle ground flax seed onto bottom of baking dish, add mixture and spread/flatten down evenly and sprinkle more ground flax seed on top, patting it in to make sure it doesn’t just fall off when eaten.  The ground flax seed coating will help so your fingers won’t get sticky (parents of little kids, you are welcome!).  Store in the fridge or a cool place.  Enjoy!

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