Homemade Protein Bars

 

Stack of Protein Granola Bars

At this time of year (just after christmas) we are often feeling lethargic, our good eating habits have gone out the window for the last few weeks, exercise has been little to none and the first signs of 'getting yourself back on track' start to dance around in your thoughts.

For many of us though, the New Year is also a time to start FRESH.  Are you ready to start to place  NEW healthy habits into your life and take the steps to fuelling your body with healthy, nutritious food?

What better way than cooking homemade protein bars that are the PERFECT mid morning or mid afternoon snack.

Today I want to share with you one of my favourite 12 Week Lean Body System Protein Bar recipes that will not only support your weight loss efforts BUT also assist in feeding your muscles and regaining your tone (of course regular exercise is also a part of the solution).

* I recommend that you keep these protein bars in the freezer as they can be sticky if left in the fridge.

ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked oatmeal (old-fashioned )
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (linseed) (or use LSA)
  • 4 scoops vanilla or chocolate Protein powder
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut, cashew or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey OR rice malt syrup 
  • 7 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Line an 8 or 9-inch square pan with waxed paper; set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the nut butter and honey (or rice malt syrup)  over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove the saucepan from the stove, immediately stir in the remaining ingredients. Dampen hands (or spray lightly with no-stick cooking spray); press the mixture firmly and evenly into the prepared pan.

Refrigerate the mixture in the pan until firm. Cut into twelve bars. (If desired, wrap individual bars in waxed paper). Refrigerate or freeze in an airtight container.  

(I tend to eat them frozen as they can be a bit sticky out of the fridge)