Sometimes you need a granola bar with a little more oomph—enter the Protein-Packed Granola Bar.
When you know you have a busy week coming up or a long car ride, these guys will get ya through it. Prep ’em in advance, cut them into bars and grab and go throughout the week. On super busy weeks, I’ve been known to eat them for breakfast, lunch and late afternoon snack—they’re just so tasty!
A riff on my favorite peanut butter bar recipe, these guys are jam packed with tons of extra protein and nutritional goodies to carry you through.
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, oh my!
Protein-Packed Granola Bars
Makes 18 bars
2 cups crushed cereal
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon sea salt
1. In a small sauce pan, melt the peanut butter, almond butter, honey and coconut oil over low heat. Whisk together until smooth.
2. In a big bowl, combine the cereal, oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, sliced almonds and sea salt. Pour the melted peanut butter mixture and mix well.
3. Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper. Pour the contents of the bowl out into the pan and spread with a spatula.Cover with plastic wrap and push down hard to make sure the bars are compact, uniformly flat and fully stuck together.
4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then remove and cut into bars. Store in the fridge.