DIY Protein Bars

Packaged protein bars can be full of sugar and preservatives that counteract any nutritional value they provide.  Not only are they full of unknown substances, they are pricey! Try making your own for a wholesome and cheap energy boost.

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Chocolate Protein Bars
Yields 12 Bars

Dry ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate whey protein powder
¼ cup nuts (I suggest chopped/slivered almonds or peanuts)
½ Tbsp. cinnamon
(⅓ cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit–optional)
Wet ingredients:
½ cup nut butter of choice
¼ cup honey (raw is best!)
¼ cup milk (any kind, you could probably also use water instead)
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
Directions:
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a different bowl, mix the wet ingredients together, then microwave the wet ingredients for 30 seconds. Stir the wet stuff together until creamy–this might require some extra microwave time. Pour the wet stuff onto the dry (or vice versa). Mix it all together. Feel free to add some extra mixins like more nuts or chocolate chips.

Line a baking dish with parchment paper (or wax paper, but it doesn’t stick to parchment paper) and drop the mixture down into it, smooshing it down. Put another piece of parchment paper on top to help you get it uniform (it’s pretty sticky). Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, but preferably longer. When you take it out, turn the whole thing upside down so it lands on the top piece of paper. Then cut it into bars, which is easiest if you use a pizza cutter. I did mine in an 8×8 baking dish and cut it into 12 bars. You could also make these into balls or cut into small squares if you want

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