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Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Bars

by Laura on February 13, 2014

Peanut Energy Bars Drizzled with Chocolate

Is it too embarrassing that I am really proud of my drizzles? Every day I look at gazillions of gorgeous images on food blogs with perfectly swirled frosting, drizzles, you name it. And so I realize that pride in my drizzles is a little silly. But really, the ineptitude of my hands cannot be overstated. They shake. They swerve. They don’t usually do what they are told. So there might have been squeals when these came out so well. Perhaps even whoops. Maybe even dancing. Only the dogs know for sure and they are not telling.

Peanut Energy Bars Drizzled with Chocolate

These bars began with an energy bar recipe in The Flying Brownie: 100 Terrific Homemade Food Gifts for Friends and Loved Ones Far Away by Shirley Fan. But the minute I saw them I knew I wanted to add chocolate. I just hope they made it to my #TheLeftoversClub partner, Faye of Live Bake Love, without any melting or smudging. When I chose the recipe I figured this should be the best time of year to send chocolate–and then after making them I realized she is in California. Ooops. I also hope she is not too sad when she realizes I sent them (as is my habit) wrapped in plastic in a Ziploc bag with no particular fanfare–because she sent me the most adorable little jar of Valentine’s goodies! My kids took one look at it and began ooh-ing and ah-ing immediately.

Actually, they ooh-ed and ah-ed a little at my chocolate drizzles too. I just hope Faye gets to see them!

Peanut Energy Bars Drizzled with Chocolate

I was not quite sure what to expect with these bars, but by the time I ate the last one this this morning I was hooked. Talk about an awesome grab it on your way out the door running too late for breakfast goodie. They have an awful lot of sugar to make it a regular occurrence, but everyone in this house loved them. And talk about easy too! Whipping them up took no time at all.

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If you want to join us in The Leftovers Club I very much hope you head over to The Leftovers Club and check us out–even sign up! It is so much fun getting to try treats from bloggers all over America and Canada. The linky at the bottom is only for The Leftovers Club participating bloggers to share their goodies. I hope you check them out!

Peanut Energy Bars Drizzled with Chocolate

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Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Bars
 
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Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: bars
 
Adapted from Shirley Fan
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped salted and roasted peanuts
  • 4 T golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 4 T honey
  • 4 T agave
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ½ t coarse sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • heaping 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 5X9 loaf pans with parchment paper that overhangs on each side (you will use it to remove the bars). Set aside.
  2. Mix the chopped peanuts and oats in a large, heat-proof bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place the oil in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Use the same measuring cup to measure the golden syrup, honey and agave. Add that to the saucepan as well as the peanut butter.
  4. Stir, over medium heat, until the mixture is completely combined and simmering. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and ½ teaspoon sea salt.
  5. Pour the hot oil and syrup mixture over the oat and peanut mixture. Stir to incorporate and then divide evenly between the 2 loaf pans. Use another sheet of oiled parchment paper to press the mixture firmly into each pan. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are browned.
  7. Let cool completely in the pans on a cooling rack.
  8. Remove the oat "cakes" by the parchment paper overhang. Place on a cutting board and slice each loaf into 6 bars.
  9. Line the bars up with about 1 inch between each.
  10. Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Microwave on 50% power in 45 second intervals until the chocolate chips are melted and can be whisked smooth.
  11. Pour the melted chocolate into a quart (or gallon) freezer bag. Cut a tiny snip off one corner. Use the bag to squeeze the chocolate out in a fine drizzle, going over the bars the short direction.
  12. Let the chocolate set completely before mailing or storing.

 

 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanne February 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

Your drizzles are beautiful!! I am pretty bad at drizzles, but okay with frosting. So I am impressed.

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Marie @ Little Kitchie February 13, 2014 at 8:32 am

I can see why you are proud of your drizzles… gorgeous!

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Faye February 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

These are not only gorgeous, they taste amazing! So lucky to be paired up with you this month. Thanks Laura! I loved ‘em!!

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Laura February 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Yay! Hope they arrived intact!

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Faye February 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

They did! And the drizzles were still as gorgeous as your photos! Thanks again

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Marissa | Pinch and Swirl February 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Yes, great drizzles! Can’t wait to try this!

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Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings February 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I would be really proud of your drizzle too :) These look delicious!

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Lacey February 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

These are the prettiest granola bars!

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Shaina February 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

How do you get the drizzles to look so perfect?!? Beautiful…and tasty! Chocolate and peanut are such a great combo

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Laura February 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I think the key was BARELY snipping the corner of the bag, i.e., keeping the hole the chocolate came out through really tiny. Thanks you!

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Mary Kay February 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

I’ve been looking to change up my granola bar routine, these look like the ticket!

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grace February 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

though many have tried, no two ingredients will ever go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

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