Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars with protein & oats! Loaded with complex carbs, healthy fat & protein, this homemade granola bar recipe is perfect for healthy breakfast or snack! Gluten Free + Low Calorie + Vegan
I’m 39 and I still don’t understand men. I swear no matter what age they are, they still act like they’re 15. Ladies, please tell me you agree.
Those of you who read this, asked about the date that didn’t happen. Here’s the deal. Guy texts me and asks me out. I tell him the days I’m available. He says he’ll get back to me on the day we tentatively set. The day before he texts saying he’s going out with a buddy and doesn’t know what the plans are, but maybe we could meet later for a drink later like 10-11pm.
I felt like he was putting me on standby in case his other plans didn’t workout which is unacceptable. Let’s not mention the fact that this comes off more like a booty call than a date. Seriously, WTF. Needless to say, it didn’t happen.
The next day he texts asking to meet for lunch with one hour notice. I purposely shutoff my phone that day for a final. When I saw his text later, I was annoyed. Does this guy think I’m just waiting around eagerly for his manly texts to sweep me off my feet?
Whatever happened to men being respectful, bringing you flowers and being willing to drop plans to see you? Maybe things don’t happen that way anymore? I dunno.
So yea…this guy gets one last chance to get it right otherwise I am moving on. And believe me, I’ve got all kinds of guys coming out of the woodwork lately. Must be the new hip. 😉
In more delicious news, I’ve been trying to perfect a homemade granola bar recipe forever. Every one I’ve ever made falls apart, tastes weird or I dunno. Something’s just off.
While I do have a few store bought ones I buy regularly, it’s hard finding clean granola bars without a ton of added sugar and wonky ingredients. I dare you to find one. There’s not many. When you’ve been through hormone problems like I have, you become more aware of what you’re putting in your body. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a nutritionist and knew these things. **Sigh**
But these Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars are by far the BEST granola bar recipe I’ve ever made and I’m not just saying that. Okay, these bars are beyond perfect but technically, they’re not a granola bar. I highly recommend you make them if you haven’t. After you make these, of course. 😉
So yes, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars made with oats and protein taste perfect, cook perfect, hold together perfect and are nutritionally balanced. Customizable too! I added mini chips to mine, but you could get crazy adding nuts, seeds, raisins or other dried fruits.
All around the perfect everyday granola bar. Easy to make too! Combine all ingredients in a bowl, place in a baking dish and bake 15 minutes. Seriously, that easy.
Now if only dating were that easy…
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- 1 cup Gluten Free rolled oats
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp. golden flax meal
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ½ cup unsalted peanut butter, or any nut butter
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp. melted organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tbsp. dairy free mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven 350 F. Prepare an 8x8 square baking dish by lining with parchment paper.
- To a small bowl, combine vanilla, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, peanut butter and sugar. Mix to combine well.
- To a larger bowl, combine rolled oats, protein powder, flax meal, cinnamon and salt.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Then fold chips into the batter dispersing them well.
- Transfer the batter to the baking dish, spreading into an even layer with a spatula pressing into the corners. I found using my hands was helpful!
- Bake at 350 F 17 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool in the pan 20 minutes. Lift the parchment paper out of the baking pan and set on a cutting board. Slice into 16 bars.
- Optional: drizzle melted chocolate over the top.
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Favorite granola bar – store bought or homemade?