Trail Mix Protein Bars

Sometimes, I get really bored with my snacks.

I mean, a girl can only eat so many green smoothies (blended with adequate amounts of almond butter), greek yogurts, or handfuls of macadamia nuts.

When the snack boredom hits, you will find me elbow deep in a bag of chocolate chips.*

 

Those chocolate chips I bought just in case.

I have no idea what catastrophe I was planning for on that grocery store aisle.

Just in case what?

Just in case…my grocery store is out of fresh produce and I have no other source to get antioxidants from.

Yeah. Totally logical.

So to avoid the fistfuls of chocolate chips, I try to change up my snack options frequently.

This week involved these protein bars.  They were a great change from my normal snack routine.  Next week I’ll have a no-bake option for you.  But for now, I hope you enjoy these!

* If you need to borrow some chocolate chips, I’m out.

Trail Mix Protein Bars (gluten free)

NO-BAKE options here!

makes 10-12 bars

3 tbsp ground flax seed

3/4 cup milk

4 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup oat flour (ground in a food processor from 1/2 cup oats)

3/4 cup oats (certified gluten free)

1 3/4 cup puffed rice cereal (gluten free)

1/4 cup pepitas, raw

1/8 cup almonds, roasted & unsalted

1/8 cup cashews, raw

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup protein powder

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together ground flax seed, almond milk, honey, and vanilla.  Allow this mixture to sit and slightly thicken while you mix together the rest of the ingredients.

In a larger bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients (oat flour, oats, puffed rice cereal, pepitas, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, protein powder and salt).  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spray an oven-safe baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Press mixture into the dish and bake for 15-20 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before cutting.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.  Or store in the fridge for 2 weeks.

NOTE: Be careful not to bake these too long or they will get dry! Also, these are not sweet dessert type bars and are enjoyed best for breakfast/snacks.

Comments

  1. Jenna says

    I’m going to make these today but wanted to add a few more nuts, some chocolate chips and maybe some chocolate covered coffee beans for an extra little kick. What would you suggest I add more of to keep these together? Honey or maybe some maple syrup?

    • says

      Ooo adding chocolate, always a happy thing:) I would add more oat flour, maple syrup and maybe even some applesauce for additional moisture. Sometimes just adding more honey will make baked goods too tough. Let me know how they turn out! :) I also have a no bake version of these that are super chewy and delicious:)

    • says

      Also, I had a friend who made these recently and she said that hers turned out soggy, almost stale and she thinks it was from the cereal. The two times I’ve made these they’ve turned out fine. But to be on the safe side you may want to use an additional 1 3/4 cups oats instead of the puffed rice cereal.

    • Jenna says

      Ok, because I added extra pistachio’s, dried blueberries, mini chipits, and chocolate covered coffee bean bits I added an extra tbsp of honey and a tbsp of corn syrup and they’re delicious! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  2. Jenna says

    I just noticed your reply to my original comment. I used Brown Rice Rice Krispies for the cereal and they were pretty good! I might take you up on your apple sauce suggestion next time. That sounds yummy!
    Thanks again!

  3. maria says

    hey Kylie, do you think instead of Almond milk I can add Flaxseed milk?? Does the texture make a difference?
    sincerely,
    A just starting foodie!

    • says

      Welcome to the wonderful foodie world of chia seeds, kombucha, and overnight oats:) Any milk should work just fine! It’s more for moisture and to help everything hold together.

      Let me know if they turn out okay!:) I also have a no bake option of these that I LOVE!:)

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