Peanut Butter ‘N Oats “Clif” Bars

Did you have a good Memorial Day weekend? I hope so!

For ours, we did a lot of yard work and weeding, swimmingand I had plenty of exercise on tap leading up to Boise Ironman 70.3 in two weeks. I finally got in an open water swim, which was very, very cold – the lake was 56* F!

I’m now in the home stretch, and officially starting the “taper,” which means I get to reduce the length of my workouts from here on out. There are still plenty of sessions, they’re just shorter. And, I’ll be visiting the lake quite a bit in these last two weeks – gotta get ready for the icy swim leg in the big race!

In the meantime, I concocted a new energy bar somewhat on accident. I had three jars of almost used up peanut butter (seriously, why??) that I put to work with some oats and dates and it came out almost exactly like a peanut butter Clif Bar, but with just three ingredients. This made five bars, but of course I had to eat one to make sure it was good – and, it was hard to stop at just the one!


Peanut Butter ‘N Oats Energy Bars

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Makes: 5 bars


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats


  • In a high speed blender or food processor, blend the dates until they are broken up considerably, but not totally pureed
  • Add peanut butter and blend until combined
  • Add oats and pulse to incorporate; If your mixture seems dry, add a little more peanut butter. You want it to hold together, not be crumbly
  • Pour out onto wax paper or foil, and, roll into 5 equal balls
  • Flatten balls and form into somewhat oval shaped bars
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator



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