I love a yummy on-the-go snack as much as the next gal but I also insist on eating whole, natural foods. Unfortunately, many protein bars on the market not only cost an arm and a leg but they are packed with brown rice syrup (AKA processed sugar), sucralose (AKA Splenda), and soy protein isolate, which is highly processed can negatively effect estrogen levels.
If you have a protein powder that you like (check out my favorite protein powder below!), making your own high quality, high protein snack is super simple and requires no baking at all.
It’s as simple as combining 6 ingredients in a food processor!
1 Cup uncooked rolled oats (use regular oatmeal, not instant oats)
1/4 Cup flax seeds or flax meal
1/4 Cup all natural peanut butter
1/2 Cup filtered water
1 Scoop chocolate protein powder
*optional: 1/4 Cup cocoa powder for dark chocolate bars!
1. Grind the oats in the food processor until they are mostly fine.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and grind until well combined. Make sure you are using a food processor, this could get messy in a blender (unless you have a powerful Vitamix). You will want to stop the blade a few times during the mixing process and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly combined.
3. Line a small baking dish with wax paper and press the protein bar mixture into the shape of the dish.
4. Chill the bars in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Cut the bars into 8 even squares for portion control.
Each bar has approximately:
8 grams of protein (depending on the powder you use)
7 grams of sugar
4 grams of fiber
9 grams of carbs
Looking for a great, plant based protein powder? This is what I use: