Sometimes things don't turn out as you had imagined. Last week I tested these Protein Granola Bars - I had this vision that they'd be awesome using a sugar-free syrup rather than honey or another sticky sweetener. So that's what I did. Unfortunately they were a bust. It happens. It's ok. They went in the trash, lol.
Yesterday I took some time to revamp the recipe and go back to what works - honey.
These Protein Granola Bars are crumbly and chewy, and absolutely delicious. The perfect blend of nutrients for pre- or post-workout; or an anytime snack. Even my 1-year old scarfed 'em down!
You can really use any add-ins you like. I went with almonds, walnuts, raisins and mini chocolate chips - simple. I've got a handful of other #granolabar recipes on my website that have a variety of different add-ins and seasonings/flavorings. Check them out some time!
Have you ever made #homemade granola bars? What's your favorite add-ins?
Protein Granola Bars
These hearty granola bars are what you make 'em!
Serving Size: Makes 12 servingsPrep time:
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup chopped nuts of choice, I used almonds and walnuts
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons nut butter of choice, I used almond butter
- 1 whole egg
- 3/4 cup dried fruit of choice (optional); I added raisins
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional) I used these
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the honey and nut butter. Heat for about 45 seconds until runny. Stir with a spoon. Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix with a large spoon.
- Pour the granola mixture into the lined brownie pan and spread out evenly; press down with a spoon or your hands. Place in the center of your oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Allow to cool. Then remove the bars from the pan using the parchment paper and cut into 12 squares. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts (12 bars): calories 237, total fats 14 g, saturated fat 2 g, trans fat 0 g, protein 11 g, sodium 26 mg, total carbohydrate 21 g, fiber 3 g, sugar 9 g