As soon as I saw Call Me PMc's Astronaut Energy Bars, I knew they were a go for the (now) 8 year old's birthday party. He has made up this game with his best friend called the Power Game. It's a role playing game (or RPG) that they say they are going to create as a video game, get rich and take over the world. LOL
Well, the 8 year old decided it would make the perfect theme for his birthday party. And he wanted me to serve, among other things, "snack bars." I dropped the astronaut from the name of these goodies and simply called them Energy Bars, 'cause when you're gaming, you frequently get an energy bar or health bar. Worked perfectly.
Oh my goodness, these were good. We had 10 kids and 8 adults. I cut these small, and I think we ended up with like 4 leftover. They are also very very rich. Call Me PMc uses peanut butter chips and peanuts. I don't "do" peanut butter, so I used butterscotch chips instead. She told me when I suggested it that her mother's original recipe for these called for butterscotch chips, so I wasn't too far off. I would have used peanuts, but I forgot them and wasn't willing to go back to the store for them. I think the saltiness from the peanuts would have been good to cut a bit of the richness.
These are for sure going in my recipe binder as a go to when I need to take a sweet to a potluck or when we're craving something sweet around here. They aren't healthy for sure, but they are obviously popular!