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I wanted to make a protein bar that wasn’t full of junk (chemicals such as colors, preservatives, etc). These are great, but only as good as the quality protein you put in them. You could do them without the protein, but that increases the carbohydrate effect on your body. My favorite protein powder can be found HERE. The whey protein is made from cows that are grass fed in New Zealand. (In New Zealand they aren’t allowed to use the antibiotics and hormones that the United States is allowed to use). Back to the recipe! I enjoyed these bars, but my husband thought they were not sweet enough. They have a more natural sweet taste to them, but if you needed them sweeter you could always add more honey or dried fruit, just know that will increase the calories and sugar grams a little bit. I made 20 bars out of this recipe. You can always change the size of the bar to increase or decrease the nutritional content. Please let me know your thoughts on this recipe and if you added anything to them to make them pop!
(Makes 20 bars)
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats (the 3 minute kind)
- 1 cup peanut butter (I use natural creamy)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (I used canned and organic)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (4 scoops with most powders)
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice, no sugar added
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roast your oats for 10-15 minutes on a cookie sheet (Or until they turn a nice golden brown). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Spread dough to 1/2 inch thickness in a greased baking dish or 1/2 sized cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough has a nice golden brown appearance.
- Allow to cool. Slice into bars and store in a glass container in the fridge.
Calories- 157, Fat-7g, Carbohydrate-16g, Fiber-2g, Sugar-9g, Protein-8g*
*Nutrition information is calculated using a recipe calculator and may not be exact depending on if you vary ingredients or size of bars.