Home Made (optionally gluten free/vegan!) Energy Bars

Title text: Shelter in the Great Place, laid over a photo of Lynell's homemade energy bars.

I happen to like things that involve chocolate and peanut butter. I always have. So these are made with peanut butter and chocolate. But they can be adapted to other tastes, and dietary restrictions.

I made these with my kids as an experiment, and to use up some really old powdered milk. And they tasted great! Only it turns out, this is a bad time to be looking for powdered milk. Happily, the recipe is adaptable!

All quantities are approximate. Start small, then, if you like the results, make a bigger batch.

  • About 1 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter), salted (or add a pinch of salt)
  • About 1 cup rolled oats (can sub puffed cereal, or experiment!)
  • 2 1/2-3 oz bittersweet chocolate (5-6 squares of a Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bar work great)

And nutritional additions--2-3 tablespoons of any or all of the the following:

  • Flaxseed meal
  • Almond flour
  • Chopped raw sunflower seeds


  • Powdered milk--if available this can be combined with, or substituted for the oats
  • Omit chocolate and add: chopped dates, dried fruit, other nuts
  • Melt the chocolate with the peanut butter in the microwave, or a small saucepan over low flame. Remove from heat before the chocolate melts completely and stir to melt.
  • Add other ingredients and stir. Texture should be like thick cookie dough.
  • Taste to see if you like the flavor, and adjust. Honey (or other sweeteners) may be added if desired.
  • Once you like the flavor, spread heaping tablespoons on waxed paper (or plastic wrap, or foil…), wrap and chill till firm. Or eat with a spoon; no one is judging here.


Photo of Lynell's homemade, optionally vegan or gluten free energy bars.

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