Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recipe: Protein Bars

I have been wanting to make my own protein granola bars ever since I was introduced to Emily's Hungry Bars by Jen at PBR. (You should definitely order some, they are pretty much amazing).

There are soooo many different versions of homemade granola/protein bar recipes online that it's a little difficult to even say one is 'original' anymore. But, mine is an adaptation of the one Jen recently posted.

-2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
-1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (any dried fruit)
-4 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce (Mashed Banana or Pumpkin Puree would work as well)
-2 Tbsp Molasses (or Honey)
-1/2 cup Natural Skippy Peanut Butter
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut, Shredded
-2 Tbsp Oil (I used EVOO)
-1 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
-1/2 tsp Vanilla
-1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
-1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
-2 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds, Shelled
-Optional: 1 Tbsp Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

-Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until everything is moist
-Spread mixture into pan layered with aluminum foil

-Place in freezer until hardened (at least 2 hours)
-Cut in 12 bar shaped portions
-Store in Freezer for a future fast and easy snack

Approximate Nutrition (per bar; 12 bars):
-190 Calories
-20 g Carbohydrates
-11 g Fat
-6 g Protein

Have you ever made your own bars?


  1. What an awesome recipe! :) Thanks so much for sharing, I've been on the look out for a simple homemade protein bar!

    1. Let me know how they turn out! I hope that you like them! I really want to make them with pumpkin and chocolate next time! Yum!