I'm not a fan of chocolate (I know, I'm hardly human, right?) and it seems like almost every protein bar to purchase in-store has chocolate!
Not only that, they're loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. (Yes, even the ones labeled "healthy")
The added sugar and convenience of pre-packaged snacks seem like the better choice because they're tasty and easy.
I'm definitely guilty of choosing this option... BUT this recipe for no-bake oatmeal peanut butter protein bars only have
4 INGREDIENTS & 4 STEPS
This means it takes less time to make them than it does to say their name AND this treat is actually healthy for you!
2 cups - rolled oats
3/4 cup - peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1/4 cup - honey or maple syrup
2-3 scoops - protein powder (I use vanilla plant-based)
1/4 cup each: shredded coconut / dried fruit / chopped nuts / dark chocolate chips
1/4 tsp each: chia or flax seeds / coarse salt / cinnamon / vanilla extract
*Note: if you choose additional ingredients, you may need to add more peanut butter so they're not too dry*
1. Add rolled oats and protein powder (+ any add-ins) to a medium mixing bowl
2. Combine peanut butter and honey (or syrup) in a separate small mixing bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds
3. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine
4. Transfer to an 8x8 cake pan lined with parchment paper, pat down evenly, and refrigerate for 2+ hours
They're ready to enjoy!
Cut them into bars or squares and wrap them individually in plastic wrap for a grab-and-go energy snack.
Store the wrapped bars in a Ziploc bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (but they won't last that long anyway!)
*You could also roll the mixture into balls for a fun, poppable treat*
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