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Creating a recipe for the August Recipe Redux theme started easily but took a few trials before I finally created the perfect Favorite Things Protein Granola Bar. I have several favorite pre-made granola bars but none of them are made up solely of my favorite ingredients, oats, chia seeds, pepitas, walnuts, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chips. All with an added boost of protein.
One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. The nuts and seeds are not set in stone, and neither is the dried fruit choice. Pick your favorite ingredients or simply whatever you have on hand and get creative.
These are delicious and easy to make. After making these, I don’t see how anyone could buy granola bars again! The combination of flavors and textures make them WAY better with no preservatives or additives. Favorite Things Protein Granola Bars are easy to make, healthy and perfect for packing in a school lunch or for an after school snack!
Delicious and easy to make protein granola bars are perfect for packing a school lunch or afternoon snack. You’re not just getting protein from these bars, but the accumulated nutrition of the all natural ingredients. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
- 3 tablespoons ground flax
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2 cups gluten free oats
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped goldenberries
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used dairy free Enjoy Life Mini Chips)
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Skoop Whole Food Plant-Based Protein)
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine the ground flax with the milk and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Add the flax mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add to the baking dish.
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until the top starts to brown.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
To Freeze: Wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Place in a freezer safe zip lock bag and freeze. In the morning, I pull out a bar and put it in my children's lunches. By lunch hour they're thawed and ready to eat.
These granola bars get extra protein from vanilla protein powder, ground flax, almond butter and almond milk. Rolled oats provide their own benefits, so you’re not just getting protein from these bars, but the accumulated nutrition of the all natural ingredients.
What favorite ingredients would you use in a Favorite Things Granola Bar?
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