I don’t eat protein bars too often, but sometimes when I have a crazy day at work and don’t really have time for breakfast or lunch, having a bar in my bag is a life saver. And alright, so this is not my prettiest recipe. I won’t deny that. BUT, trust me when I say that these protein bars are delicious! I hate buying protein bars at the store. At $3 a bar, it adds up fast. These bars are super simple to make and I bet you already have most the ingredients in your kitchen.
I went ahead and calculated the calories for these bars and without the chocolate topping, you are looking at around 263 calories a bar. Certainly not a low calorie snack, but keep in mind that these bars are really meant to be eaten as a meal replacement or as a pre/post workout snack. Although it may not look like it from the photos, I added a thin layer of chocolate on top. While the chocolate certainly makes these more tasty, it also adds calories, so use the chocolate at your own discretion! The great thing about this recipe is you can really tweak it to meet your own dietary needs. I think the key is that you have to use some type of flour to bind the other ingredients together.
These bars are best eaten chilled or out of the freezer. I put mine in a lunch bag with a freezer pack along with my other snacks for the day. The bars get a little crumbly as they get to room temperature, but either way, I think they still taste good!
- 1 small ripe banana, mashed
- 2 tbs. honey or agave nectar (optional or to taste)
- 1 tbs. coconut oil
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 3/4 cup oat flour (or whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (can also use rice protein powder to make vegan)
- 1/2-3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp. vanilla (both optional)
- Combine the banana, honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the oat flour, oats, coconut, and protein powder.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well-combined.
- Prepare a baking sheet with foil or wax paper. Divide the batter into 8 equal portions. Shape into bars and place on the baking sheet. If not using chocolate, transfer directly to the freezer or fridge.
- If you want to add the chocolate topping, melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. Stir in the vanilla extract. Spoon the chocolate over each bar and then place into the freezer or fridge.