Soooooooooo, last night was a pretty exciting night for me. I wanted to make something that would taste good, act as a “protein” source, fill my tummy, taste good for hubby and would be “clean” It was a tall order, I’ll admit. I want to be healthy, but I just can’t convince myself that something is delicious when it’s not. If it tastes like dirt, I don’t care how healthy it is, I won’t be able to eat it.
So, I took a regular granola bar recipe that I found online and “cleaned it up” (see what I did there!!) I replaced the butter with mashed banana, the brown sugar with maple syrup and peanut butter (**Note: You can make them nut free as well if you omit the Peanut Butter**) & the almonds with Chia Seeds. At the end, they became a protein packed, no-bake, gluten free, dairy free power bar! It’s something that tastes good and will fill you up until your next meal!
So what makes this a power protein bar? There are SO many GOOD things in them that will nourish your body and keep you full with things like toasted oats, banana, dark chocolate, natural peanut butter and my personal fave – chia seeds. Chia Seeds are FAB. Not only are they an excellent source of fiber (which helps keep you full) they’re also packed with protein & omega-3 fatty acids! Check out all the benefit here if you’re still not convinced!
Anywho, I’m VERY proud of this recipe. These bars are SO good for you & they really do taste amazing. I hope you give these a go, they’re perfect for on the go snacking, a quick breakfast or even a sweet treat after dinner! If you try it out, let me know what you think!
NOTE: Natural peanut butter is oily and much more fluid then normal peanut butter. I may or may not have spilled it all over myself and ruined a favourite sweater *sigh* Just a word of warning if you’ve never used it in baking before!
While oats & seeds are toasting, combine the honey, mashed banana, vanilla & maple syrup in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until everything is combined. The bananas won’t meltdown like butter, so really you just want everything to be heated up and the honey to have combined with the maple syrup.