DIY Healthy Protein Bars

These granola bars were developed to fuel a serious up hill hike on Rangitoto Island!  These bars are perfect to take hiking or backpacking and will keep you full for an extended period of time with all the healthy fats and fiber!  I had a serious plot twist the first time I made these ” granola bars”.  I forgot to put the parchment paper down before freezing them.  Needless to say I ended up with smashed granola, that was equally as delicious!

Dietary Accommodations: GF, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup – Oats
  • 1/2 cup – Favorite seeds (chia, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) feel free to use a mixture!
  • 1/2 cup – Natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup – Agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 tsp – Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup – Favorite dried fruit (I love goji berries in this)
  • 1/4 cup – Chopped nuts (Peanut, Almond, Macadamia, Walnut, etc.) again feel free to use a mixture, because it will change the flavor using more complex nuts like macadamias.

 

Directions

  1. Lay parchment paper at the bottom of the pan ( you can use a baking pan, cookie sheet or a casserole dish the size just changes the thickness). This is very important because without it the parchment paper, the bars will stick and will turn into a solid sheet of granola and stick, but it can be broken into granola bites.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then smooth into the pan.
  3. Place the pan in the freezer for 2 hours so the bars have time to solidify.
  4. once you remove the pan from the freezer, take a knife and cut the desiered number of bars! ( I cut 3 lines vertically and then 2 lines hoziontially to create 9 bars!)

EXTRA: This recipe is easily modified, you can change things such as toasting your seeds to get that toasted flavor or use roasted nuts instead of raw. This is a good base to experiment with what you like! For the sweet tooth, melt 1/4 cup of chocolate bark and mix into the bars.

Enjoy! and please share what ingredients you used and how it turned out!

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We enjoyed these bars on our hike up Rangitoto volcano in Auckland, NZ!