This blog is written by celebrity chef and THOR Kitchen brand advocate Derrick Fox. Each month, Chef Fox will be sharing his favorite recipes with step-by-step directions, pictures and his signature style.  

This recipe is both super easy and oh so tasty. With so many of us cooking from home, grocery store shelves can be a little hit-or-miss. This recipe uses just five ingredients, which are probably all in your pantry right now!  

These bars are perfect as a midmorning or midday snack to give you an extra boost of energy on a busy day. I came up with a version of this recipe for a superstar athlete. He loves Nutella and peanut butter and also needs to keep his protein and calories up.   

A busy day is a lot like training for a sport, or maybe you are training for something and need a great source of protein and good energy. These bars are a perfect go to, and of course the Nutella makes them nice and sweet.  

Just be careful not to eat the whole batch! 

Peanut Butter Oat Bars
Ingredients
12 oz jar of creamy peanut butter 
12 oz jar of Nutella 
2-3 cups of your favorite oats or granola mix 
1 Tbsp Pure organic maple syrup (optional)
2 70% dark chocolate bars
 Equipment 
Temperature safe rubber spatula 
Large sauté pan
Baking sheet 
Parchment paper
Small sauce pot for double broiler 
Grease free mixing bowl

In your sauté pan over medium low heat, add the peanut butter, Nutella and oats. With your rubber spatula carefully mix your ingredients until the mixture becomes well-mixed and pliable. If it becomes too pliable, add more oats. 

Once mixed pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth out. Place in your freezer until frozen through, about an hour.

Right before you are going to pull your frozen mix from the freezer, you will want to melt your chocolate.  

If you’re not particular about the shine on the chocolate, you can melt your chocolate in the microwave. Break your chocolate bars into a microwave-safe glass dish and heat on 50% heat for 1-2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds.   

You can also melt your chocolate the classic way. Fill your sauce pot a quarter of the way with water and boil. Once it starts boiling, drop your heat to a low simmer. Break your chocolate into the grease free metal mixing bowl and place over the pot. Constantly mix with your rubber spatula until melted and shiny.

Pull your frozen mix from the freezer and place on a cutting board. Cut them into squares. Dip one flat side into the chocolate, and then place back onto the parchment paper with the chocolate side up. Do that for each bar and then place back in the freezer.

After a few more minutes in the freezer, they are ready to enjoy! Remove from freezer and let thaw a couple minutes before eating.  

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