I am relatively new to the world of power/protein bars. I tried a couple a few years ago, and they tasted like cardboard, so I gave up. But more recently, I decided to give them a try again. I have been searching for something healthy, and filling I could eat for breakfast. I found the Cool Mint Clif Bars, and was really impressed.
I think the same week I tried the Clif Bars, Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker posted a no-bake recipe for Clif Bar from scratch. I knew I had to try them immediately, but with mint extract and some cocoa powder. These are super easy to throw together. There is no baking required, so in a matter of minutes you can be snacking on these. Probably best to wait longer so they completely harden, but you get the idea.
These are not exactly like the store bought ones, but they sure are good. They are healthy, full of whole grains, and a relatively good for you snack. I haven’t run the nutritional information, so I don’t know how they compare the original. I do know that you can feel good about eating all of the ingredients in here, so they can’t be too bad for you.
Chocolate Mint Cliff Bars
Make your own Cliff Bars at home - chocolate mint flavored with a vanilla glaze.
- 1 cup prunes, (dried)
- 11/4 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbls ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp mint extract
- 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- Drizzle, (optional)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 drop mint extract
- 1 tsp milk
- Line an 8 inch baking pan with foil, and spray with non stick spray.
- Using a food processor, pulse the prunes until they are finely chopped. In a large bowl mix together the prunes, Rice Krispies, oats, flax seed, cocoa powder and salt.
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat, mix together the peanut butter and honey. Heat until melted, and well combined, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and stir in the mint extract.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the prune mixture and stir until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread into the prepared pan, and press firmly to pack it down.
- Prepare the drizzle (if using). In a small bowl combine the sugar, mint, and milk. Stir until thin and easy to drizzle, adjust the milk and sugar if necessary. Drizzle over the bars. Place in the fridge and allow to harden for about an hour before cutting.
- Cut, and store in an air tight container for about a week.
Amount Per Serving Calories 214Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 135mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 3gSugar 17gProtein 5g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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Monday 3rd of November 2014
My family laughs at me because I have a cool mint CLIF bar EVERY morning with my cup of coffee. I made these but substituted almond butter for the peanut butter, dates for the prunes, added more flax and left off the chocolate chips as they're not in the original's ingredients. SOOO good.
Tuesday 18th of March 2014
I have date paste here at home. Could I substitute that for the prunes? Thanks!
Tuesday 18th of March 2014
That should work well!
Carol | a cup of mascarpone
Thursday 25th of October 2012
I adore healthy sweet treats and am definitely going to try these! They look wonderful, Erin!
Wednesday 24th of October 2012
What a great treat! They are also so much more cost effective when you make them at home. :)
Tuesday 23rd of October 2012
My favorite cliff bar!! Thanks for this :)