When I was going through m diet phase, I would snack on Slim Fast protein bars in attempt to lose some weight. The gummy texture and lack of flavor quickly turned me off to protein bars. Instead, I would rely on salads, water, and strenuous workouts for weight loss. While protein bars can be a convenient way to fuel up before or after a workout, some varieties contain a long list of artificial ingredients and added sugars, which can do more harm than good. I wanted vegan protein bars that were not only flavorful but wouldn’t need to be refrigerated nor stick horribly to my teeth. Made of almond butter, slivered almonds, and raw oats, these low carb protein bars are not only filling but make a decent snack in a pinch. Almond oat protein bars are one of those recipes I like to make in bulk and then place in the fridge or freezer for a fast snack for the family. If you don’t like almond butter or almonds, this recipe would work well with hazelnuts, hazelnut spread or peanut butter. Even though I didn’t, you can throw in some chocolate chips or raisins to enhance the flavors of these protein bars. Try these energy bars and once you find a mix of ingredients you like, you can make a bunch of batches, freeze them, then grab them and go when you are on the run. This almond oat protein bar recipe is a lot healthier for you and for your wallet in the long run.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of almond butter
- 1/3 cup of vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons of grounded flaxseeds
- 2 teaspoons of honey or agave nectar
- 1/4 cup of coconut or vegetable oil
- 1/4-1/2 cup of water
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well till combined. Transfer mixture to an 8 inch square pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for an hour. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before cutting them up into squares.
Yields 5-10 bars