Dr. Oz’s No-Bake Energy Bars

by Anne Bennett on January 24, 2013

Yesterday, I crashed my car into a concrete light poll in a parking lot. It had to be towed to the repair shop where it will remain for approximately two weeks.

I’m going to assume that my driving skills have not yet returned to normal since I fell and clunked my head pretty good in December. Thus I am back to resting, which means more daytime TV, which means more Dr. Oz!

Last week he did a show about women who suffer from what he calls a mid-day slump. His suggestion? A home-made, no-bake snack with enough protein and fiber to boost our energy and get us through the remainder of the day.

I was game, and I already had all the ingredients in my pantry. Here’s all you need:

1 cup of quick oats, uncooked
1/3 cup dried tart cherries (you can use raisins or other dried fruit, but the tart cherries are really good!)
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used natural)
3 T. honey
1 t. vanilla

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and press into a sprayed 8″ X 8″ pan.* Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm. Slice into squares. You can get from 8 to 12 squares from this batch. I cut mine into 12 pieces because, with the peanut butter, I didn’t want too big an energy hit.

Since I just made these today, I don’t know how they’ll do once they’re outside the refrigerator and on the road. If you make them, let us know how they travel. In the meantime, I’m scouring the food blogs for more recipes of this kind. These were much better tasting than the bars you buy in the cereal aisle.

And I’m thinking ahead: when I get my car back, I could use an afternoon boost to keep me away from all those light polls.

*Note: I’ve made these bars twice now, in both an 8″ X 8″ pan and a 9″ X 5″ loaf pan. I prefer the bars from the loaf pan, as I was still able to get 12 slices but they were slightly thicker than the 12 bars from the square pan. I also placed a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom of the loaf pan, which enabled me to lift the bars out of the pan once they were chilled and slice them easily.

Champ really likes these as an afternoon snack. They taste peanutty and they give you a lift that lasts for hours!

12 bars=3 PP
8 bars= 5 PP

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Meg January 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

You’re scaring me here, lady! Glad you seem to be stringing together those big words so articulately, but holy cow, we have to have you healthy and well. Take care of yourself, and thanks for the good recipe. Meg from W.W.

Jody G. January 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

So sorry to hear of your accident, Anne. I had one this week, too, so we can recuperate together.

Recipe sounds like a great snack to leave for my mom when I leave the house since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and is high fiber. I’m going to try them with dried cranberries instead since I have them.

A speedy recovery to you.


Carol Brooks January 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

It’s time to invest in a padded helmet. Take care of yourself.

Judy January 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

You are really keeping your guardian angel on high alert aren’t you? Please take care.

Martha Boyd January 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I made these about an hour ago and am anxious to taste them. Can’t go wrong with peanut butter!
Anne, come to CA for a visit so we can keep an eye on you

Amy Kamm January 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

Need a ride somewhere? I’ll call you so we can set up a time! These bars look delicious. Gonna go get the stuff to make them.

Rachel January 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Oh no!! Take it easy lady and let us know if you need anything at all… Delivery comes with a baby visitor!

Jody G. January 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I made them, put them in fridge to set up and took them out for awhile before serving. Rather mushy (like peanut butter with STUFF in it) at room temp. When soft, if you just consider it a healthy spread for crackers, it’s great. When cold, it hangs together enough to act like a bar. BTW, I made it with dried cranberries since I had them, and added diced up prunes (to try to get my mom to eat more prunes!). You’d never know they weren’t raisins.

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