I don’t know about you but when I’m working and it’s chilly outside sometimes I just need a little something..

Just like the children do when they get home from school..

I think I’ve found the perfect recipe and snack for you – Peanut Butter Energy Bars!

These bars are so easy it’s almost a non-recipe.

You can choose whether to turn the salty-sweet dough into either snack balls or bars that are super handy for on-the-go snacking.

They are – vegan, gluten free, peanut butter-y, moist, naturally sweetened, hearty, wholesome, salty-sweet, healthy, portable and delicious.

It takes 30 minutes and will give you approx. 8 servings.


1 1/2 cups / 32 dates – soak in warm water for 10 minutes if not moist and sticky

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (creamy and salted is best)

1/2 cup rolled oats (ideally gluten free)


  1. If your dates are not sticky and moist, soak in warm water for 10 minutes and then drain. Otherwise, proceed to step 2.
  2. Add dates to a food processor and pulse until only small bits remain – it will likely clump into a ball – that’s what you want. If any big pieces remain, use a knife or spatula to push them down, then turn the machine back on to pulse.
  3. Add peanut butter and oats and pulse a few more times until incorporated, stirring and scraping down sides as needed. If you prefer denser bars, add more oats.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined 8×8 dish and press down until flat, OR scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts and roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet or plate. Transfer to freezer to set.
  5. If making bars, slice into 8-10 bars and store in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. They can be a little flimsy at room temp, so be gentle with how you stack them.
  6. Will keep in the fridge for several weeks, and in the freezer for up to a couple months or more..


  • Switch up the nut butter and dried fruit (or try ingredients like chocolate chips, crystalized ginger, or coconut) to ensure your snack is never boring.
  • If your peanut butter isn’t salted, consider adding 1/4 tsp sea salt.

Let me know if you give this recipe a go & comment below telling me what you thought.

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