Aug 20

Maple Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Bars

When I was little I played on a volleyball league at the YMCA with a group of girls from my neighborhood. The hour volleyball game was spent more as a social hour and less as a competitive sport.

If we won, great!

If we lost, GREAT!

No matter what, we always got snacks after.

Snacks are by far the best part of playing organized sports leagues. It was especially wonderful when a teammate’s mom was out of town and their dad was stuck with having to come up with what snack to bring. Typically, the dad would default to a enormous cookie platter and HiC Flashin’ Fruit Punch juice boxes.

And if your team did lose, you most likely were given an extra cookie.

The pity cookie.*

When I force my children to play organized sports, I’m bringing these bars for the after game snack.

And I’ll cut the bars in circles so the kids think they’re cookies.

And I’ll make a double batch. Just in case we have to bring out some pity ‘cookies’.

*pity cookies are just as tasty as normal cookies.

Maple Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Bars (gluten free)

makes 9 bars

1 1/3 oats

1/2 cup vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup cashews, roughly chopped

1/4 sunflower seeds

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/8 cup + 1 Tbsp maple syrup

3 Tbsp almond milk

In a large bowl, combine the oats, protein powder, sunflower seeds, cashews, and salt. In a small bowl mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine thoroughly until a dough is formed. I used my hands to compact everything together. Line a 8×8 dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the dish. Refrigerate the bars for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

11 comments on “Maple Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Bars”

  1. From bites to bars. I’m really going to have to make these.

  2. How are you able to read my mind better than me? Last night I saw something similar to this but I wasn’t sure How I wanted to make them- now I do! Your recipe is less sugar and involves peanut butter so, um, yeah, I’m sold!

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  6. LOL I know this post is really old, but I literally laughed out loud at the comment about dads bringing junk food snacks because they didn’t know what to do when the moms were out of town. It’s SO true!

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