Peanut Butter Power Bars for Sam Heughan Outlander on Starz

Peanut Butter Power Bars for Sam Heughan as JAMMF

"Roasted peanuts," I said.  "They grow underground hereabouts.  I found a farmer selling them for hogfood, and had the inn-wife roast some for me.  You take off the shells before you eat them."  I grinned at him, enjoying the novel sensation of for once knowing more about our surroundings than he did.

He gave me a mildly dirty look, and crushed a shell between thumb and forefinger, yielding 3 nuts.

"I'm ignorant, Sassenach," he said.  "Not a fool.  There's a difference, aye?"  He put a peanut in his mouth and bit down gingerly.  His skeptical look changed to one of pleased surprise, and he chewed with increasing enthusiasm, tossing the other nuts in his mouth.

"Like them?" I smiled, enjoying his pleasure.  "I'll make you peanut butter for your bread, once we're settled and I have my new mortar unpacked."

Drums of Autumn (Chapter 9 - Two-Thirds of a Ghost)

To think that less than a week ago, JAMMF lived only inside our heads!

And now, thanks to an over-enthusiastic Tweeter at Starz TV, and a take-the-leak-in-stride, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants endorsement from Herself across Facebook and Twitter, we all know a bit before we were supposed to about the man who showed up to his audition ready to be our Jamie.

I'm sure most of you are already acquainted with our hero now personified...but for those of you not on social media, allow me to introduce you to Mr. Sam Heughan, born April 30, 1980 in New Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

(That's one day off of Jamie's birthday, for those paying attention.)

Triathlon Jamie

There's a ton of status updates and blog posts detailing Mr. Heughan's suitability for his new role.  I won't go into his full bio and stat sheet here...that's been done to death in the past 96 hours.  But if you're in the dark about this talented actor, or still unsure about his ability to carry off the larger-than-life personality of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, I suggest you begin your web search on Diana's Facebook page.

She's seen his audition tapes, and she's convinced.  He's her Jamie.

He's also a triathlete...which is why he needs these OK Peanut Butter & Banana Power Bars, ken?

bananas for peanut butter power bars

Yeah, it's a banana!  OK has done a Slippery Nipple, Bonnet's Balls and a Poached Peach for Dougal -- do you think I'm beyond posting a banana beneath our new Jamie?

No.  Of course I'm not.

While we're at it, laddie, why don't ye show us your thumbs and great toes?


JUST KIDDING.  You poor man.  You're going to need that Fraser sense of humour to get through this first bit with us -- it's just that it's been so long, ye see -- and now that the time has finally come to bring you into our physical world, some of us are having a little trouble containing our excitement.

We'll calm down.  Eventually.

Welcome to our really is great to have you on the voyage!

peanut butter power bars

In the meantime, we should all fuel up for the next round of casting...speculation and intrigue burn calories faster than a swim in frigid water followed by a bike and run.  Or so I like to think.

These bars are a delicious way to fuel up before a workout. The bananas make them soft, the oats and peanut butter (or any nut butter) chewy, and they're a great gluten-free, lightly sweet snack that you can wrap up for picnics and school lunches.  Vary the mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make a new creation every batch!  The possibilities are endless.

To see what I put in mine, scroll to the Notes below the recipe.

peanut butter power bars

This recipe's for you, Sam.  If Fedex went to the Arctic Circle, I'd send you a batch.  You're going to need every bit of energy you can get...

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11 Jul 2013 - 2:37pm

Carla O R

Yummy! This sounds perfect for my pre-dawn meals in Ramadan. Definitely trying this one.

Carla O R

I made some yesterday. I used almond butter, chopped almonds and pine nuts, pumpkin seeds and black seeds, dates and cranberries. The black seeds add an interesting flavor (in a good way).


They sound wonderful, Carla! By black seeds, do you mean poppy? or maybe chia?

11 Jul 2013 - 2:42pm

Mary Morgan

I wasn't sure about the casting of Sam for our Jamie, but when I saw other photos and when Diana gave him a "thumbs up," I knew he was the one. Just looking at the photo above gives me goosebumps. I am definitely going to make these power bars. I think I'll try adding salted soy nuts to my batch....


Make the recipe your own, Mary...and make it delicious! Theresa

11 Jul 2013 - 2:59pm


I will be trying these really soon! I just got back 63lbs of pecans from the sheller! Wonder how many bars that would make?


holy doodle, Aaron! You must have some big trees! I think you could feed an army with those power bars.

11 Jul 2013 - 3:52pm

Julie Galvin

I'm trying these power bars today! They look great.

11 Jul 2013 - 5:16pm

Ellen Hanvey Wooster

These look and sound absolutely wonderful! Thinking na combination of dates, pecans, sesame seed and flax with the coconut....yum. Thanks for the recipe.

11 Jul 2013 - 6:16pm


Yum. And I find it a little funny that it is important that Sam's birthday is April 30. But I thought that was cool too. Oh the minds of us Outlander fans.

11 Jul 2013 - 7:34pm



12 Jul 2013 - 1:34am


these look awesome! i'm working on dialing in my nutrition for my upcoming half-ironman (October) so these are going in the rotation for testing purposes


Wow, Dee! Impressive! I hope these work for you.


i'll let you know ;) that is the plan for this week - i have a sprint in a few that i can going to test some stuff during

12 Jul 2013 - 11:10am

Taking On Magazines

I'm such a bad fan. I had no idea they'd picked Jamie. Now I have to go check out this guy. From what I see here, I think I'd be willing to hand deliver a batch of the power bars to him for you, even if Fed Ex DOES deliver!


He's currently filming above the arctic circle, Christiane...knock yourself out! LOL


I have to say the same as Christine; still too caught up in my move search (if anyone has any ideas about a town perhaps in Northeast New England, low cost of living, public transportation that's not far from a large teaching hospital?). Sam has the blue eyes, but what about the hair? I have to admit, I had a dream casting in mind with Gwynneth Paltrow as the young Claire, her mum, Blythe Danner as the older Claire, the actor from Torchwood (who's Scottish despite his American accent) as Roger, and the hopes that they'd sort of bounce back and forth from present to past (and then the sequels could go on from there), Unfortunately, I couldn't think of anyone to play either Jamie, even tho I had nearly ever other character cast in my mind (sigh). Oh well, I'm sure I'll love it anyway. Thanks for keeping us updated, Theresa!


Hair can be changed with hair dye...I'm personally very excited to see Sam bring Jamie to life.

12 Jul 2013 - 3:45pm


These were delicious (even though I forgot to add the oats, LOL)!!!! I'll definitely be making them again, with the oats this time!!!


nothing like a little distraction in the kitchen, eh? I forgot the salt in mine (if we're in full disclosure mode)...and they were still delicious too! LOL

12 Jul 2013 - 3:57pm


Thanks Theresa. A fitting culinary ode to our Sam!

14 Jul 2013 - 3:45am

Carla O R

By black seeds I mean Nigella Sativa, also called black cumin. It's very popular among Muslims because the Prophet Muhammad had said that it can cure every illness except death. Here is the wiki link

15 Jul 2013 - 12:28am

Sharon Higgins

These look delicious and healthy. I might make them for my next sorority meeting. The ladies love to try new things.

17 Jul 2013 - 9:30am


Hi Theresa,nnAnd can he "Cup a good sized marrow in those hands of his. Or a good sized arse hm?" nnThe power bars look fab they are on my to make list.nn:-)

20 Jul 2013 - 2:57pm


These are delicious! I used pecans, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds; they turned out softer than I thought they would be, perhaps b/c I used homemade peanut butter. No matter, everyone loved them and I will make them again. Thanks for the recipe!


Great news, Donna! You can always throw a few more oats in there if you want them a little stiffer.

23 Aug 2014 - 4:57pm


In recipes that call for oats - rolled or steel cut - does it make a difference if the oats are 'instant' or 'quick cooking'? or do they have to be 'original'?

24 Aug 2014 - 3:34am

Theresa K.

It's gluten free! Yes!!! I'll need to sub out the oats, but that shouldn't be too hard. Awesome recipe! Thanks!

15 Sep 2014 - 2:21pm

Marsi Yount

Hi this may be a crazy question but is there any way to make this diabetic friendly?


I'm not a dietician, so I don't know. Maybe google "diabetic friendly power bars" and look at a couple of recipes to compare?

23 Nov 2014 - 12:41am

Alice Watkins

Speaking of vegetable marrows what type of vegetable is that to us yanks? I knew at one time and have forgotten. The dictionary says squash or gourd so is it a pumpkin? I'm asking here because I know I will get an Outlander foodie to give a fellow Outlander foodie the answer. Thanks in advance. Also the bars look yummy.


Alice, vegetable marrow is a member of the Cucurbita family of plants, which includes all squashes, pumpkins, gourds, etc. Vegetable marrows can be both summer and winter squashes...spaghetti squash is an example of a winter marrow. My Danish grandmother grew a type of pale (summer) vegetable marrow in her garden. It's not terribly popular now, I think because of it's rather "weak" taste...but my grandma made a stuffed marrow dish with ground beef, tomatoes, etc. that was to die for.

26 Jan 2015 - 8:59pm


Hear he has a penchant for almond butter but not for baked goods. Wonder if he'd make an exception.


He eats power bars...plenty of photos. :)

17 May 2015 - 10:26pm


I made these last night and am wondering if they are supposed to be soft or crunchy once they've cooled?

Danielle F

Thank you very much I will try cooking them a little longer!!

25 Aug 2015 - 5:55pm

Anna Lapping

I got an amazing new mortar and pestle recently, but for the life of me, I can't even imagine trying to make peanut butter in one! I did basil pesto in it and thought my arm would fall off before I finished!

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