Chewy Power Protein Bars

Chewy Power Protein Bars

My littles get out of school NEXT week. I’m having a hard enough time dealing with the fact that it’s already JUNE and on top of that it is the end of school year. Pass the wine. While I will enjoy the laid back slow mornings, because y’all know that I am not, nor will I ever be a morning person (my dream of owning a farm complete with a big green tractor is held up because of this and okay a big fat down payment as well) I’m dreading hearing the “I’m BORED” or “What’s there to eat” every two seconds. Maybe it’s just my kids? Time to start cranking out the homemade snacks.

Chewy Power Protein Bars

We don’t keep a lot of processed food in the house. I (and everyone in our house) have zero willpower in the junk food department (sigh ’tis true). If it’s around I’m going to cave. THEN the guilt kicks in and it will make my treadmill sessions a lot longer than they have to be. So I stock up on fruits and homemade snacks the majority of the time. I’ve recently become obsessed with a certain KIND of bar. After a few trials in the kitchen I’ve come up with a homemade version that we’re obsessed with. These bars are packed with REAL ingredients and are perfect for snacking on. I like to make a double batch at night, let them cool completely and then store them in an airtight container, ready to go when the craving hits.

Chewy Power Protein Bars
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Chewy Power Protein Bars

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted REAL seal butter (plus additional to butter pan)
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup craisins

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Onto a rimmed baking sheet place: oatmeal, almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut. Toss to combine. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to 300 degrees.
  4. Butter an 8 x 10 deep sided baking dish. Set aside.
  5. Into a large sauce pan add: butter, syrup, brown sugar, salt, vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in toasted mixture and crasins.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Pressing down with spatula. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Allow bars to cool at room temperature for several hours. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
http://www.bellalimento.com/2014/06/02/chewy-power-protein-bars/

27 Comments

  1. 1

    Love these little snacks!

  2. 2

    Love these! I’m always looking for granola bar recipes! Yum!

  3. 3

    Great recipe! So much better than store bought bars!

  4. 4

    these looks like a great snack and if I leave out the almonds they’d totally be safe for my daughter. Awesome.

  5. 5

    healthy and beautiful!

  6. 6

    We are always on the lookout for healthy treats for the kids, and this is one of them for sure!

  7. 7

    What a great idea for breakfast..or a snack during the day!!

  8. 8

    Those look great! I love trying new granola bar recipes, so I’ll put this one on my to-make list. :)

  9. 9

    This recipe looks too good to be called a protein power bar. Yep its a different world, when the kids are home full time. Hopefully it will be a summer where everyone feel compelled to be outside—-including you.
    Smiles—-

  10. 10

    Do you want to see the note on my desk, right next to my Kind bar, where I’m going to try to recreate it? Seriously. Love this!! :)

  11. 11

    These snacks look amazing, and so healthy too!

  12. 12

    As soon as I saw the pepitas and CraIsins…I smiled! Yummy yum yum!

  13. 13

    Hi Paula, these look wonderful, your family is so lucky!! Just pinned!

  14. 14

    These look awesome!

  15. 15

    I love how simple this recipe is. I’ve seen other bar recipes that have too many ingredients for me but this one keeps it down to a minimum and is clearly big on flavors. Definitely trying them this weekend!

  16. 16

    You are such a recipe rockstar. I love these power protein bars! Can’t wait to give ‘em a try!

  17. 17

    I love all the ingredients you used…especially the pumpkin seeds! I can’t wait to make these. They look amazing! Pinning!

  18. 18

    Ooooh, yum. These look great. And I am with you — totally not a morning person!

  19. 19

    Oh my gosh, these look fantastic! I would love these!

  20. 20

    I know what you mean about those certain bars being addictive but they are pricey. I like your version better.

  21. 21

    I love all of these ingredients, so I’m pretty positive this is right p my alley!

  22. 22

    These would make a great summer camp snack!

  23. 23

    Love this healthy snack Paula… hopefully this will appease the “i’m hungry” cry when the kiddos are home. :) I know it would satisfy me. Always love your photos… pinned!

  24. 24

    These sound delicious! Love the colors from the pumpkin seeds and the craisins!

  25. 25

    I love “those KIND” of bars too! :) Your’s look equally delicious. We’re bracing for summer at our house too! Yikes!

  26. 26

    Can’t go wrong with cherries in a bar, really great fruit. I’m so busy during the week but going to make these for my family at the weekend. Thanks for posting.

  27. 27

    A great idea. I wish I could figure out the nutritional info! There’s got to be a way I can plug the ingredients in to some website and get it :) I’ve just started (again) eating right and exercising. My 14 y/o son is the motivator! He has totally taken a turn for the healthy, and even started blogging about it at http://journeytospartan.com – we are both looking for protein packed foods, so we’ll check this out!

    Cheers
    Matt

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