Lately, we’ve been on a protein bar kick. They’re an easy, nutritious, filling snacks. If you’re going to be on the run, with no time for a proper meal, bring along a double portion as a replacement for a meal. They’re so good, we wanted to share them with you. Honey, oats, fruit, nuts, and chocolate -how can you go wrong!

The recipe we’ve been using is adapted from a recipe originally obtained from the family that owns and runs Montes Salsa, out of Vancouver WA. We discovered these wonderful bars at Salmon Creek Farmers Market, that we did with the Montes. These bars looked so tasty, that we asked for the recipe, and they were gracious enough to share.

 

The Recipe

We’ve change the original recipe to suit our family. Here it is:

Dry ingredients:

1 C Rolled oats (quick, or old fashioned)

2 T Flax seeds

2 T Raw pumpkin seeds

2 T Sunflower seeds

¼ C Protein powder (we use 2 T   + 2 T , to make ¼ C )

¼ C Chocolate chips (or any other flavored baking chips)

¼ C nuts, chopped

¼ C Dried fruit, chopped

Wet ingredients:

½ C Nut butter

2 T Honey

¼ C Coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pan by oiling a standard sized bread pan. Set aside.
  2. Mix dry ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Mix wet ingredients.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well. Will be very stiff, and only very slightly crumbly. If the dough is very crumbly, add a little coconut milk.
  5. Press the dough mixture into your pan.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until firmed up a bit.
  7. Cut into 8 bars.
  8. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

The recipe can be doubled and pressed into an 8×8 pan if desired.

But That’s Not All!

This recipe is very satisfying, and very versatile. You also have a lot of creative latitude by changing up the types of nuts, baking chips, dried fruit, nut butter, and honey, you can dramatically change the flavor of these bars.

The bars in picture above were made with dried apricots, Bliss sunflower butter, pumpkin honey, cashews, and chocolate chips. We’ve tried lots of combinations, and they’ve always been good.

Here are the top three favorite variations we have tried.

  1. Dried cranberries, Bliss almond butter, pumpkin honey, almonds, and mini chocolate chips. This was the least sweet of the combinations we tried. This one was the most savory, and hardy tasting.
  2. Dried mixed fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, and golden raisins), white chocolate chips, meadowfoam honey, and Bliss hazelnut butter. This one is my favorite.
  3. Dried apricots, Bliss cashew butter, mixed nuts, mini chocolate chips, clover honey. This one was the mildest tasting.

All three were very good, hands down better than the protein bars we have purchased in the past. The bonus is that they are way cheaper per to make than they are to buy. Our favorite nut butters to use are Bliss Nut Butters, made in Oregon City, Oregon.

If you happen to be vegan or just don’t eat honey, this recipe can easily be made vegan by using agave syrup in place of the honey.

 

Nutrition Facts and Afterthought

Nutritional information will vary with your choices for the ingredients, but are going to be roughly:

Protein 12g, carbohydrates 24g, sugars 10g, fats, 12, fiber 5g, and calories 350.

So, we hope you find this all helpful and enjoy this awesome healthy snack that we all enjoy. Also, if you wanna try out Bliss Nut Butter check out their facebook. We love their nut butters and high recommend them for all of you for this recipe. Share your favorite combination if you do give this a shot so we can try it too. Plus, we would love to see what you all come up with; bon appétit!

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