No-Bake Peanut-Mocha Energy Bars

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No-Bake Peanut-Mocha Energy Bars

These easy-to-make bars are a power-packed snack for late-afternoon energy slumps or a quick eye-opening breakfast (your morning coffee’s mixed right in). The peanut butter and oats provide lasting stamina, and coffee and chocolate add caffeine for a quick pick-me-up. Other energy-boosting add-ins to try: MCT oil, maca powder, L-tyrosine powder, or ginseng powder. 

For more about this recipe: Eating for Energy

  • Makes 6–8 barsServings


  • 1 cup quick oats

  • 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

  • 3 Tbs. honey

  • 2 Tbs. instant espresso powder

  • 2 Tbs. cocoa powder

  • 2 Tbs. cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp. salt


Cut sheet of parchment to fit bottom and two sides of 8-inch-square pan with edges hanging over. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine oats, peanut butter, honey, espresso, cocoa powder, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt. Stir to mix well.

Press mixture firmly into bottom of pan. Freeze 30 minutes to 1 hour. Using parchment overhang, lift bars from pan. Cut into squares. Serve immediately, or pack in individual snack-sized bags and freeze for easy transport.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 250
  • Carbohydrate Content: 26 g
  • Fat Content: 14 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 190 mg
  • Sugar Content: 11 g
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