Super healthy energy bars made with dark chocolate, rolled oats, and three types of nuts. they are great as breakfast on the go or afternoon snacks.
Generally speaking, it sounds pretty lame to talk about weather all the time, but not in San Francisco. The weather here is so unpredictable that you could wear a T-shirt and shorts one day in the middle of February and put on your North Face windproof fleece jacket on the next day. The frequency of the bipolar weather here makes the topic never as boring as it sounds.
We are still getting used to the crazy weather here. Although I wish to see snowing at the East Coast in this season, there is really nothing to complain about in terms of California’s weather. After raining for a week, San Francisco resumed its normal chilly and sunny status. As a result, runners, bikers, and hikers are out and the energy of the city is quickly growing back.
Holding a role of home cook without a functional oven for almost two weeks changes the way I see energy. What’s more exciting to me this time was to be able to bake a simple dessert that stores up energy.
The moment the oven guy left my apartment, I wasted no time to test the oven as well as this energy bar recipe, which I had in mind long before that moment. 25 minutes later, the bar came out to be a glorious success! I am pleased to announce that my oven is fixed (Thank God!) and please do me a favor to make these Triple Nut & Chocolate Energy Bars!
Putting nuts into desserts isn’t something new but this recipe calls for three different types of nuts – your favorite three types! Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds. You name it and you pick it.
Dark chocolate is another essential ingredient in this recipe. (I clearly cannot get over the “dark chocolate fever“.) Let’s go ahead to pick one with some nuts in, such as Ghirardelli Hazelnut Heaven Dark Chocolate. Oh, did we just go beyond triple?! Why not?
Lastly, oats! It gathers all these nuts and chocolate together with lots of nutrition and protein to help you gain strength and energy. Doesn’t it sound rich and filling? It sounds hella energetic to me! 😛
Eat these with some milk or coffee as a breakfast, pair these with ice creams, or keep some in your backpack when go hiking. They certainly do a good job to pump you up whenever you need a bit more energy.
Final words – Let’s go nuts, people!Print
Triple Nut & Chocolate Energy Bars
Super healthy energy bars made with dark chocolate, rolled oats, and three types of nuts.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 bars
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 4 oz unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup cake flour, firmly packed
- 1 cup nut mix (sliced almonds, cashews, walnuts)
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 5 pieces Ghirardelli Hazelnut Heaven Dark Chocolate, chopped (or 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a saucepan, heat up butter over medium heat until butter is melted.
- Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and honey. Stir constantly until sugar and honey are completely dissolved in the butter. Remove from heat.
- Mix flour and nuts together in a bowl.
- Add flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir until even. (You might feel the mix is sorta dry at this point but don’t worry.)
- Next, add chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips and quickly stir until chocolate is evenly spread out.
- Scoop the final mixture into an 8″x8″ buttered baking dish and compress it firmly by using the back of a big spoon.
- Place the baking dish at the middle rack of preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- When done baking, let the energy bar sit for a few hours until completely cool. Cut into 12 bars and enjoy!
Make sure to compress the final mixture as tight as possible before baking so that the energy bar comes out nice and firm.
After baking, the energy bar is very soft and easy to break, so it’s important to let it chill completely before cutting.