Homemade Clif Bars (No-Bake!)

I had been in the dark about Clif Bars until just a couple of months ago. I had heard of them, but I typically don’t buy bars like that, so I had never tried one. I met a good friend for dinner one night, and she was giving me the details about her relatively new job. Among the perks were free, healthy snacks in the cafeteria area. She said that there were bins of Clif Bars, and when I mentioned that I’d never tried them, she pulled one out of her purse and gave it to me. A few days later I was spending the bulk of the morning running errands and without fail, found myself starving. I didn’t want to get fast food or hit a vending machine and then remembered that I had the Clif Bar in my purse. I dug it out and gave it a try. It took approximately 2.2 seconds for me to realize why so many people are such big fans of these bars. It only took another 10 seconds to start brainstorming ideas for a homemade version. Through some trial and error, I came up with an awesome replication of the Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch variety.

Even though there isn’t anything inherently “bad” for you in these bars and they are certainly a step above your typical processed granola bars, but I still relish making anything I can from scratch in my own kitchen. I grabbed the wrapper to study the ingredients, did some Googling and finally came up with these bars. I absolutely love them – they’re sweet, chewy, a little crisp and packed with flavor. These are sweetened with brown rice syrup, don’t include any sugar and are gluten-free. These make an awesome snack, and are a perfect substitution for breakfast or lunch if you’re running late or on the go.

If you’ve had them, what’s your favorite Clif Bar flavor?

One year ago: Maple-Walnut Fudge
Two years ago: Pancake Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Frosting
Three years ago: Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies
Five years ago: Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

Homemade Clif Bars

Servings 9 bars
Prep 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total 15 minutes
Course:Snack
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle

Copycat recipe of the famous energy bars

Ingredients:

  • 1
    cup
    dates
    (pitted)
  • cups
    crisp rice cereal
  • 1
    cup
    quick-cooking oats
  • ¼
    cup
    coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 2
    tablespoons
    ground flaxseed
  • ½
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • Pinch
    salt
  • ½
    cup
    peanut butter
  • 1/3
    cup
    brown rice syrup
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • ¼
    cup
    mini semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Spray an 8x8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Combine the pureed dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and completely blended. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan. Let the mixture sit until completely cool and set, at least 1 hour. Cut into bars, then wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 262kcal
Fat: 12g
Saturated fat: 3g
Sodium: 93mg
Potassium: 296mg
Carbohydrates: 34g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 21g
Protein: 6g
Vitamin A: 2.2%
Calcium: 5.4%
Iron: 15.1%

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