Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Homemade Power Bars


Homemade Power Bars

Again my friend Kelly is responsible for this chocolaty peanut butter delight. Remember the homemade reese's peanut butter cups, she gave me that recipe too. I had to improvise on the fly the other night after the blue flame o' death shot out of our range. I HAD been planning to make muffins for school lunches but then that was just not happening. Our school has a rule that kids lunches shouldn't include processed foods so I needed something quasi healthy and whole food-ish for a 6 year old's lunch.

Enter Kelly and her facebook blip about homemade power bars. I looked them up again, ascertained I had enough of the ingredients to make them and set to work. Kelly's original recipe had flax meal in it which I tried in one of the 3 batches I have made since the blue flame 'o death. 3 batches in 3 days, everybody likes these and some people a little too much perhaps? Ultimately I decided I didn't care for them with flax meal in them because I just don't care for the texture when mixed with water. If you like it add some in. This is definitely a recipe you can play with and in fact I didn't actually measure ingredients until tonight, I just kept adding and mixing.

Homemade Power Bars
1 1/2 cups oatmeal or other rolled grains
1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 cup organic sugar or other sweetener in appropriate amounts
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 TBSP water
mix oatmeal and nut butters together
add salt, sugar and cocoa powder, stir well
add small amounts of water until the mixture holds together well
I usually make small truffles size pieces for lunches
you can also flatten and cut in to bars

These are gluten free and vegan as prepared above. Feel free to add seeds, dried fruits or other nut butters as desired. These, as you can see, are a spring board for your own creations and designs. I cut, wrapped and froze the latest batch to have for lunches next week. As long as someone doesn't get into them!
So excited I finally got to share my awesome cool news about speaking at BlogHer Food '10. Thanks for all your encouraging words!

Peace and Love--



  1. These sound fantastic. And easy enough for me to find the ingredients here in Thailand for!

  2. YUM! Remind me of my no-bake cookie recipe that I've turned "healthy" (shh, don't tell the kids). Good to be reminded how yummy they are. I love that they are called "power bars" makes them sound so powerful and protien rich.

  3. I so want to play around with a recipe like this and make some. I want to use PB2 Peanut butter powder and some other stuff. This looks really good!

  4. Oh yummm they look delicious Laura! I've been wanting to make my own bars for awhile, but for some reason am nervous about it! Maybe I'll try these!

  5. Thank you for sharing these with Friday Firsts! :)

  6. Hi Debbi! Always looking for breakfast ideas for the kids and anything that has chocolate in it is a big hit with them. Thanks for sharing it on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. Alex@amoderatelife

  7. I think I may nibble away a whole batch of these if I made them...but will probably have to take that chance...cuz they sound really good! Congrats again and thanks for sharing your good news with T4T this week, Laura =)

  8. I have been looking for quick snacks to pack for my kindergartner - she is a chocolate nut so I am sure she will like these! Thanks for sharing this with Two for Tuesdays!

  9. These look so much better than the horrible squidgy mess that they sell in packages. The very sight of those things turn me off. Thanks for sharing the recipe with T4T.

  10. These look great and I love that there is no baking required.


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