These protein oat bars and amazing.
I like bars. I like Luna Bars, Lara Bars, Think Thin bars, and Clif Bars.
They are easy to throw in your purse, easy to eat quickly, and taste like dessert. Sure whole foods are better – and I often choose Greek yogurt or an apple for a snack – but sometimes a sweet gooey bar is what I want.
I know lots of them are high in sugar, are expensive and could be made quite easily. Going back to school means I’ll need portable snacks that are cheap, so I decided I’d see about making my own.
Lots of the recipes online had ingredients I don’t have – namely Brown Rice Syrup. And others involved buying dates, which aren’t cheap. I found a simple recipe by Kath for baked oatmeal bars, then added some protein and changed it around a bit.
My bars have a dense, gooey but firm texture. They are basically baked banana oatmeal with added protein, so make sense for breakfast as well. They’re great on their own as a snack (I had 1.5 fresh out of the oven!) but my favorite way to eat them is smeared with almond butter. I am going to try one crumbled over some Greek yogurt with fresh berries too.
Without further ado, my Protein Oat Bars.
- 1.5 cup raw oats
- ~ 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or other nut)
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, or protein powder of choice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup milk (I used skim because we had it, but any will do)
- 1 egg
- 1 ripe banana
- 5 drops vanilla Nunaturals stevia (or other sweetener, or just vanilla, but they will be a little less sweet)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix oats, pecans, protein powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
Mix milk, egg, banana and Nunaturals together in a separate bowl. Use a fork to mash the banana and whisk the egg until both are incorporated.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
Pour into a 9×9 baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.
I wish you could smell the kitchen.
Like I said, I ate some right away! They are just slightly sweet, so add some extra honey or sugar if you like a sweeter bar. They are soft like thick brownie, and much better for you than lots of the sugary packaged bars on the market.
I cut mine into 6 portions, but you could make these any size you want. I don’t know about the calorie count, but if someone wants to calculate it and leave it in the comments feel free.