Months ago when I was training for my half marathon, I bought a huge (think BJ’s-sized) box of Clif bars, figuring I’d use them to get in some protein while I was training. I didn’t eat them as frequently as I thought I would, and they ended up just sitting here…and sitting here…and sitting here.
The box expired in October, so a few weeks ago, I vowed to use them up and started eating 1/3 of a bar before my morning runs, which worked pretty well for me. However, I finished the last one this week, so I was in the market for another type of easy to digest, healthy protein before my morning workouts. I decided I’d take a stab at making my own, and after today’s trip to Trader Joe’s, I had everything I needed to develop my own protein bars!
Make-your-own healthy protein bars
Servings 6-8 (depending on how you cut them)
- 1 c. oats
- 1/2 c. raisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1/2 c. sliced almonds (or other nuts)
- 1/4 c. flaxmeal
- 2 scoops protein powder (I used vanilla soy protein)
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- Spray 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
- Add in peanut butter and maple syrup. Stir until well blended.
- Evenly press mixture into greased pan.
- Refrigerate or freeze until solid, then cut into desired sizes. For easy on-the-go use, individually wrap each one in plastic wrap and store in fridge.
How to “level up” this recipe:
- Have fun with this recipe! Throw in whatever you have on hand — granola, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, toasted quinoa, pumpkin pie spice, and/or wheat bran would all work!
How to “level down” this recipe:
- To make it sweeter, add a teaspoon of vanilla and/or 1/2 c. chocolate chips.
- Substitute 1/2 c. of crushed cereal (such as bran or corn flakes) for 1/2 c. of the oats.