No-Bake Chewy "Better Than Store Bought" Protein Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
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Yield: 6 large bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups whey protein, vanilla ( I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle Vanilla)
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp natural smooth peanut butter (or almond butter, or Sunbutter for nut-free)
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • 3 Tbsp honey (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Honey its a honey substitute made with xylitol) Could also use regular honey, nutrition will change
  • 3 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp raisins
  • 20 drops stevia (could omit, but I like the extra sweetness. I used NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia)
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, place in all ingredients (except milk) and stir together.
  2. Add in milk and stir or combine with hands. Mixture will be very sticky.
  3. TIP: If you have a stand mixer, throw everything in and use the dough hook attachment to combine it together. This will save your arms from getting tired.
  4. Lightly spray a loaf pan and press mixture firmly into the pan using a sheet of plastic wrap over top to avoid the mixture from sticking to your hands. If you're making 12 bars, press into an 8x8 square pan.
  5. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to firm them up. They will become less sticky once they are cold. Cut into bars.
  6. If you like, you can take each bar out and place in a small plastic bag and store in the freezer or fridge for grab-and-go. If coming out of the freezer, I like mine thawed out for about 5-10 minutes before eating. Bars can also be stored in the fridge and consumed in about a week.
Notes
If you don't like chocolate chips or raisins, sub for whatever you like...dried cranberries, etc. Or omit completely to lower the sugar even further.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 345 Fat: 13 g Carbs: 33 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 168 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 30 g
Recipe by Busy But Healthy at http://www.busybuthealthy.com/no-bake-chewy-better-than-store-bought-protein-bars/