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)
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.