Peanut Butter Protein Oatmeal Bars
Lately I find I’m having trouble packing enough food for my lunches and end up stopping to buy some kind of bar most days of the week. This isn’t too friendly on the wallet, so I decided to whip up a batch of my Peanut Butter Protein Oatmeal Bars to have on hand.
These are seriously so easy and quick to make. Just throw the ingredients in a food processor and press into a pan and freeze for about 15 minutes and BAM! Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Oatmeal Bars. I’ve been asked if I think protein powder is okay to consume and my answer is that I think its fine if its good quality.
For me, the less rules I have about what foods I can eat, the better. I don’t put anything on an off limit list. Since doing that I reduced cravings for junk food big time and avoid certain foods because of how they make me feel. I can also keep a bar of dark chocolate in my purse for over a week and eat a few squares here and there instead of eating the whole thing in one sitting like I used to. Not that there’s anything wrong with eating a whole bar of dark chocolate if you do it consciously.
I like using protein powders for my smoothies and homemade baked treats, as it gives them more staying power when combined with fats and fiber. Some brands that I like are Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro70, Vega, AOR whey protein and Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan protein powder, which is what I used in this recipe.
You could use any of these protein powders for this recipe and it would still taste great! I used unflavoured so if you have a chocolate or vanilla variety you may want to add less maple syrup and replace it with some almond milk to get the right consistency.
You can get creative and use other nut butters too. I just had a craving for peanut butter and when a girl has a peanut butter craving she better listen to it! 😉 You can also add different nuts, seeds or dried fruit instead of the raw cacao nibs. They give these bars a nice crunch and boost magnesium, which always helps everything. Seriously, magnesium has over 300 enzymatic actions it contributes to in the body. What better way to fulfill those needs than to consume cacao in its many forms!
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free)
- 1 cup organic crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (Canada No. 3)
- 2 tablespoon ground flax
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 3 scoops [url href=”http://www.genuinehealth.com/store/fermented-vegan-proteins#.Vpw6pDb4PFI” target=”_blank”]Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein Powder[/url] (unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon himalayan rock salt
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
- Add all ingredients except the cacao nibs to a food processor. Turn on high and combine until resembles a crumbly mixture.
- Add cacao nibs and pulse until blended in and still has a crumbly texture. May need to add a bit more maple syrup or almond milk. IT should stick together when pressed between your fingers.
- Line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper and press mixture into the pan.
- Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from freezer and lift out of pan by grabbing edges of parchment.
- Cut into about 10 bars and store in the fridge.