Nut-Free Protein Granola Bars

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Nut-Free Protein Granola Bars


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These protein granola bars are a great snack or pre-workout boost. Plus they are nut-free!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup Oat Flour
  • 1/3 cup Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp Flaxseed + 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 10×4″ pan (bread/loaf pan) with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flaxseed and water. Allow the flaxseed to soak up the water while you mix the remaining ingredients.
  3. To a large mixing bowl add the oats, oat flour, protein powder, and salt. Mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  4. To a microwave safe bowl, add the coconut oil and heat on 20 second internals until melted. Then add the honey and vanilla extract and stir to mix. Then add the flaxseed water mixture and stir together.
  5. Next, pour the coconut oil mixture into the oat mixture and stir together. Add the mini chocolate chips and stir again. The mixture should resemble wet sand.
  6. Using a spatula, scoop the mixture into your prepared pan, spreading it evenly throughout the pan. Then, using your hands, the spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup press the dough firmly and evenly into the pan.
  7. Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned on top.
  8. Allow the pan to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Remove the parchment paper from the pan and allow the granola bars to cool on the wire rack for another 15 minutes until fully cooled.
  9. Using a knife, cut the bars into 8 servings. Enjoy!
  10. Optional Topping:
    1. In a microwave safe bowl add 1 tbsp chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Microwave on 20 second intervals until melted.
    2. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate across the tops of the bars. Allow to cool for the chocolate to set.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 83mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
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