Sunday, 4 May 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Almond Energy Bars

Another adventure, another travelling treat!   We recently travelled to Iceland for our anniversary and I threw this together a couple of days before we left.   Iceland is an expensive destination, so we brought snacks with us to save a bit of money.  We planned to go on several long day trips (10-11 hours long) with unpredicatable weather - snow, rain, sunshine -  and always always wind. 

It needed to be substantial, strong, and packable.   So here they are - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Almond Energy Bars.  These are rich and so so good.  Base of peanut butter and crammed with peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and slivered almonds - and they travelled much better than I expected - a bit crumbly, but still delicious even a week old.  

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Almond Energy Bars

adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugars in a medium sized bowl. Add egg, beat into mixture before adding peanut butter and vanilla, mix until well combined. Add the flour mixture into peanut butter mixture, and once nearly combined, add in the chips and almonds. Mix well until all ingredients are well combined. Bake in a 9x13 greased pan for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. If using a slightly smaller pan (thicker bars) continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Energy Bar consumption at Geysir 

Thar She Blows!
Energy Bar consumption between tectonic plates

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