I love protein bars. I love them because they are a quick grab and go snack that fits in your purse and helps keep your hunger at bay until the next meal. However, most protein bars are not as healthy as they might lead you to believe. Their fancy packaging convinces us they are a healthier option than running to the candy aisle. But most have an increased amount of processed sugar, salt and other additives, plus as much fat as many candy bars! So you have to be careful about which one you choose.
A healthier option is to make your own protein bars. Usually with just a few simple ingredients you can have a great substitute for the store bought brands. This recipe calls for ingredients you probably have on hand plus 2 scoops of Shakeology for an energy boost in your nutrition and filling protein. With only around 160 calories these homemade bars are a great healthy option. I have found them to be the perfect snack to help knock out my sugar cravings, perfect for after a workout or to hold me over until dinner.
Adding walnuts or pecans to these bars gives it a little extra crunch, and gives me additional fiber, protein and healthy fats. Or you could add pumpkin seeds for a different flair and texture. You can also add dried fruit for additional sweetness. Please let me know if you enjoy this recipe in the comments below, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter club for additional healthy recipes delivered right to your inbox! Free Shakeology samples are available by request. Enjoy!
Ooey Gooey Protein Bars
Total Time: 3 hrs. 10 minutes; Prep time 10 minutes
Serves: 12 servings, 1 bar each
2-3 scoops of Chocolate Shakeology (vegan or regular)
2 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 dash of ground cinnamon
3/4-1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup of natural nut butter of your choice (I use Justin’s almond butter)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Nonstick cooking spray
Combine Shakeology, oats, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl; mix well. Add milk, nut butter, and vanilla extract; mix well with a rubber spatula or hands. Place in an 8×8-inch pan that is light covered with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and press down to flatten into pan. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Cut into 12 bars.
If you are doing the 21 day fix meal plan, 1 bar is equal to 1 yellow, 1/2 red, and 1/2 blue.