I will be the first to admit that sometimes eating healthy is difficult. Especially during “snack time”. It’s that time of day in the early afternoon, work is dragging on and it’s not quite time to go home yet. All of a sudden your stomach rumbles even though you completely destroyed your pre-made meal of grass fed chicken breast, spinach, and a single serving of brown rice.
So naturally off to the vending machine you go, where the healthiest option available is a tough choice between a month old bag of pretzels and some salted peanuts. Wow such great options.
What If I told you that you can include a healthy option that you can bring with you everyday, that will satisfy that afternoon hunger, but will still give you the room to eat your healthy dinner.
I use this recipe all the time for a great mid-day snack because as a Strength Coach/Trainer my time to eat always changes and is usually non-existent. So for me this is a great option for a quick snack or even a small meal.
Chocolate Peanut Protein Bars!
It is a very simple and easy recipe and the benefits far outweigh the time spent making them.
Your Ingredient list:
2 Cups Organic Oats (regular quick oats work fine as well)
6 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (or any flavor, just insert your powder’s flavor in the title instead of Chocolate)
8 Tablespoons All-Natural Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter if you are feeling fancy)
1 1/2 – 2 Cups of Water (depending on the mix)
Combine all of the ingredients (minus the water) into a large mixing bowl. Start to mix everything together and slowly add in 1 cup of water. As you continue mixing continue to add water at about 1/2 a cup at a time. The mixture will be pretty dense so use a wooden spoon. You don’t want to add too much water or the bars will end up being too sticky and gooey.
When everything is all mixed together shovel the mix into a 9×9 pan. Then press the mix into the pan to make it nice and even all around the pan.
Cover the mix with either aluminum foil or wax paper and then place in the freezer for about an hour or so.
When the bars are nice and rough (trying not to say hard here lol) you should be able to flip the pan upside down and hit the bottom of the pan to knock out the solidified bar. If this doesn’t work use a knife or spatula to dig it out.
Cut the big block into 6 even pieces (once slice down the middle, then cut the halves into 3 even pieces).
Wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then put them back into the freezer.
Take out one at a time and by the early afternoon if it’s been sitting in your lunchbox/company fridge it will be defrosted and ready to eat.
These Bars are delicious and an excellent healthy alternative to what you would normally have as a snack.
Here are the approximate nutritional values for each individual bar. (Nutritional facts will vary slightly depending on the protein and peanut butter brands).