Homemade Protein Bars {Recipe}

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I’m totally one of those people who always has food on them. I generally eat every two hours (small meals), so if I know I’m going to be away from home/food for a while I bring a snack with me. I don’t want to be caught hungry and tempted to buy junk food.

Protein bars are great to have around when you’re running errands or planning on being away from home for an extended period of time. They are also good to eat after a workout if you can’t have a proper meal.

However, many store-bought protein bars are full of extra stuff you don’t need… and often contain a lot of sugar (look for names like corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, fructose, and maltodextrin). Check out all the other names for sugar and watch out for these!

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Making your own protein bars is easy! And you know exactly what’s in them.

This clean protein bar recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes in the oven. First, combine all the dry ingredients. Separately, combine all the wet ingredients. Then, mix them together and place in a 9×13 pan (coat with oil first unless you’re using silicone).

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. They will be soft and moist, so if you prefer a more crunchy feel, cool the pan, cut in bars, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

I wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and then freeze so they last longer. Just take it out the night before or pop it in the toaster oven for a few minutes to heat it up. YUM!

Ingredients:

DRY

  • 1 1/2 cups protein powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

WET

  • 2 cups 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (make your own)
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately then combine and mix together.
  2. Put mixture into a pan or muffin tray. (coat with oil/butter if not using silicone)
  3. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove and let chill.

What’s your favorite snack to bring on-the-go? Share in the comments (include the recipe or a link)!

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