I am always searching for new healthy snacks to munch on whether I am on the go or doing things around the house. I like eating little meals or snacks throughout the whole day. Most people will tell you not to snack and this is true if you are eating the wrong foods or eating big meals and snaking on the side. Some days when I train I eat five small meals including a protein shake and I feel energized and full throughout the day.
So I did break my own rule the other day when I made a batch of these crunchy granola bars for Franck and I’s road trip up to Paris to go to Disneyland. I am pretty sure I ate about five of them (definitely rounding down). But I did have a chicken salad for lunch so I told myself it was okay.
Good thing I had saved a few of these bad boys in my bag. They came in handy when we were running around the park like kids not wanting to leave, even to eat lunch. We managed to do and see everything we wanted to at Disneyland park and Walt Disney Studios in the week that we were there. We even got a few good workouts in at the hotel gym and did some laps in the pool. Of course our vacation would include going to a gym. It was only fair though after eating out for dinner every night. Also the Disney Magic on Parade and Disney Dreams at night are a must do!! I was dancing and singing along like a kid, but we all know it that is acceptable for adults when at Disneyland.
These granola bars are super easy, no bake and no need for a blender or food possessor. They are so adaptable for those times you don’t have much of anything in the house. They are a great healthy, yet still sweet replacement for the granola bars or candy bars filled with sugar you find in the store.
This is my basic recipe for bars but you can add anything you like to these to make them into your favorite kind of granola bars. If you use the apple juice, honey, vanilla and protein powder mixture as the base to pour over oats you will have granola that you can add many things to. Some ideas for different flavors are:
- Goji berry and coconut
- Cinnamon and apple chunks
- Honey and cashew
- Cocoa and chocolate chunks (for those of us who can never get enough of chocolate)
This is also the same recipe I use to make my granola that I put over my Greek yogurt. I decided that I am not going to make it into a recipe of its own because it is literally the same ingredients as the granola bars. The only thing I do different is I bake it instead of putting it in the fridge. To make granola bake the mixture for 45 minutes taking it out and stirring it 3 or 4 times to get it all evenly cooked. Let cook 20 minutes and store in a jar for up to two weeks. Even use the same ideas of flavors for your regular granola. If you want to make these without protein powder because 1. you don’t have any 2. you don’t use protein powder or 3. you don’t know why you should use it. Just use oat or almond flour to replace the protein powder. There you go two recipes out of one! Five if you count the different flavors to make them in.
Get ready because these granola bars are
Full of protein
Either the granola or granola bars are great for a high protein breakfast or just a delicious one. I’ll have some granola in my plain yogurt or a granola bar with a banana and a double espresso and my morning is off to a pretty great start. Some people’s mood depends on if they have had their morning coffee. I am one of those people whose mood depends on if I have eaten. Especially breakfast! Never, ever skip breakfast! It truly is the most important meal of the day. Even sometimes for dessert if I need something sweet after having a light dinner like soup or salad and need more filling up. And I am more than satisfied every time.
The ingredients that I used for this recipe and are also my personal favorite brands to use include:
Myprotein Rolled Oats
Myprotein Unflavored Impact Whey
Myprotein Smooth Peanut Butter
Myprotein Chia Seeds
Mituso Bio - coconut oil
Cocoa Powder - Seven Hills
- ½ cup walnuts 60 g
- 1 cup almonds 126 g
- ½ cup unflavored protein whey or vegan protein 60 g
- 2 cups whole oats 180 g
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 40 g
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter 55 g
- tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
- ½ cup apple juice 110 ml
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Roast the almonds and walnuts in the oven for 10 minutes then chop into pieces while still warm.
In a large bowl measure out your oats and add nuts, coco powder, chia seeds and coconut flakes all together.
In a sauce pan on low heat whisk apple juice, peanut butter, honey, vanilla and protein powder together until think.
Pour your liquid mixture over oat mixture and stir together well.
Lay plastic over a baking tray and spread mixture out evenly pressing down to compact the granola together tightly.
Refrigerate 1 hour and cut into bars. (Cook time is actually fridge time)