So, as you read in one of my first posts, I am in search for a yummy, easy, protein bar that my son and I will be able to stomach pre and/or post workout. The Strawberry Banana Meal Replacement Bar Recipe was a bust. The Oatmeal Power Bar Recipe was good but a tad dry…probably my error. So I found another recipe, that promises to be delicious and easy to make! So let’s see…here goes!
Recipe from Activelifecooking.com
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 tbsp of your favorite “chaser”: such as millet (shown), flax seed, flax seed meal, wheat germ, etc. (optional) I used flax seed meal
- 1/4 cup of Soy Protein powder (optional, but gives nutritional boost) I gave it another shot, even though it was HORRIBLE in the other recipe
- 1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter (I use natural/organic) I used no-stir smooth natural soy butter
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar (optional, I don’t need it, but my husband prefers it) I did use this…the sweeter the better for my son
- 1/2 cup of your favorite “additives”: sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries, dried blueberries, figs, almonds, pecans, whatever your heart contents I used cranberries and walnuts
- 1 tsp salt (optional, don’t use if you are using salted butter or salted nuts already) I don’t like to add salt, so we’ll see
Okay…read carefully…you’ll be impressed on how simple these instructions are and how quickly you’ll get done making your yummy peanut butter and honey granola bars…
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Prepare a small saucepan with the honey, peanut butter, and brown sugar (if using)
Take this time to get out a 9×9 baking dish and line with parchment paper. Also set out a cooling rack. I used a silicone pan so I didn’t use parchment paper
Spread the oats (and chaser if needing toasting, such as millet or almonds) onto a deep dish baking pan. Place pan into oven.
Turn the saucepan onto low to med-low heat. You want the mixture to get warm and combine smoothly, but be careful not to burn or simmer. You know your stovetop best to know what setting will work to accomplish this.
While the oats are toasting, prepare the additives into a medium sized mixing bowl and coat with protein powder (if using).
Be sure to watch the oats carefully, they don’t taste good when they get burnt. Take out of oven when they are a golden brown. This takes about 5-10 minutes for me, usually around 7 minutes.
When oats are done, carefully add to the medium bowl with the additives. On top of this, add the peanut honey mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon. This will take a bit of muscle work, but it is possible to combine it all together.
Plop the mixture into the baking dish lined with parchment paper and spread evenly into baking dish. The bars are ~1/4″ in depth when spread correctly.
Carefully lift out parchment paper from baking dish and let cool on baking rack. After about 30 minutes (or cool to touch, I like to flip the block over to cool more evenly.
After they have cooled down some more, score the granola bars so you get as even a cut as you can and cut on a hard flat surface. Makes 18 granola bars.
Nutrition (1 bar, no brown sugar, millet, cranberries, and raisins as chasers):
- 137 cal
- 4 g fat
- 22 g carb
- 2 g fiber
- 5 g protein
- super delicious!
Hope you enjoy making your super-easy, highly adaptable, homemade granola bars! They are great for kids young and old!
Ok, these are GREAT!!! They are super yummy with a slight peanut butter flavor and no hint of the protein powder. Whew! I would highly recommend these! I am LOVING them! My son hasn’t tried them yet…like idk….whatev….lol.