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Protein Powder Granola Bars

February 24, 2015

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My go-to breakfast is a big cup of coffee with a protein bar. I was about to start with, “My favorite breakfast is…” but, we all know my favorite breakfast is biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs. Or, chocolate chip pancakes with over easy eggs, hash browns, and a Bloody Mary.

If I ate my favorite breakfast everyday, including the Bloody Mary, I don’t think I’d feel that great or get a whole lot done! Protein bars fill me up just enough to satisfy morning hunger without making me full and lethargic. In fact, protein bars give me energy to last until lunch time with the kids.

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As you know, I try to incorporate as much protein as I can into my diet. I thought I’d make my own protein bar. I even went as far as adding protein powder into the bars, as well! These bars make a great breakfast alone. They are also great crumbled onto yogurt or enjoyed post-run with a fresh banana.

This recipe is so forgiving, you can add about anything you want into it. I had coconut, so I added it. If you have nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds or flax – throw it on in!

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Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup EAS Lean chocolate protein powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup honey
½ cup sweetened almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup shredded coconut

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, protein powder, coconut (or whatever dry add-ins you are using) cinnamon, and salt.
3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, almond milk, and vanilla.
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Spray 8×8 pan with cooking spray and spread granola mixture evenly into pan.
7. Cook approximately 20 minutes or until edges of granola bars turn brown.
8. Cool completely before cutting.
This recipe was adapted from Running with Spoons.

Do you have any go-to granola or granola bar recipes? Do you sneak protein powder into any of your favorite breakfasts?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West February 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Hi MaryBeth! I tend to eat protein bars a few times a week before teaching group fitness classes, and you know, I’ve never taken the time to make my own. This is a very simple recipe, which is just how I like it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog February 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      If you keep those ingredients regularly in your pantry, it’s a no brainer!
      Thanks for hopping over!

      MB

  • Reply Joli Tripp February 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    YUM! Ok, now I’m starving. Those look great and love the ingredient list. Your photos are awesome too!

    • Reply MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog March 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Joli! I put some of my bars in the freezer. I may have to go pull some out and have one now…

      MB

  • Reply Annmarie March 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Mmmm these look so good!!! Love homemade protein bars! 🙂

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