Meg’s Protein Bars

Ingredients:

  • 5 scoops (1¼ cups) vanilla protein powder
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed (choose golden flax–not brown–for a lighter taste)
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds (or other nut/seed)
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
  • ½ cup applesauce (no sugar added)
  • 3-4 Tbs hot water
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp butter or vegetable oil (e.g., coconut or canola oil)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch baking dish with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang over two sides; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir protein powder, oats, flax, cinnamon and sunflower seeds.
  3. In another bowl, whisk peanut butter, applesauce and 3 Tbs hot water.
  4. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture; stir to combine. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon of water. (It may be easier to use your hands to combine the ingredients, but wet them first as the mixture will be sticky.)
  5. Transfer mixture to baking dish. Use wet hands to pack down mixture evenly.
  6. In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips and vegetable oil or butter 20-30 seconds (do not overheat or chocolate will scorch). Stir until chocolate dissolves; use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate over bars (or spread evenly over bars).
  7. Place in fridge or freezer 20-30 minutes. When chilled, lift bars from pan by holding onto plastic wrap. Slice into 10 bars. Store in an airtight container or wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate.

Per bar (w/chocolate): 240 cal, 12 g fat (2 g sat, 0 g trans), 19 g carb (4 g fibre, 4 g sugar), 24 mg sodium, 19 g protein

(W/out chocolate): 215 cal, 10g fat (1 g sat, 0 g trans), 24 mg sodium, 17 g carb (4 g fibre, 3 g sugar), 19 g protein

Variations:

  • Make protein “balls” (not bars) by rolling mixture into small balls (wet hands first).
  • If desired, add chocolate chips to mixture instead of drizzling bars with chocolate.
  • If you don’t roll with dairy, use rice protein powder (or other type). Depending on the powder, you may have to add more liquid (water and/or applesauce).

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