Homemade Granola Bars (PW= Pre or post workout)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 1/2 cup unpacked raisins (2 oz.)
- 4 tbsp whole flax seeds
- 4 scoops vanilla or chocolate whey
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup (can use real syrup to go more natural but sugar/carbs will increase quite a bit)
Prep Time – 25 minutes
Difficulty Level – Easy
Servings – 8
In a large bowl combine the oats, walnuts, flax seeds,
raisins, and whey. Add the honey, syrup, vanilla, and
salt. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed. At
first, it will seem too dry, but continue stirring and it
will eventually blend.
Coat a clean, dry 8x8-inch baking dish with olive oil
cooking spray, then press the mixture into the bottom
of the dish. The mixture should extend to all corners
evenly, and it should be about 1-inch thick. You
can also use a smaller baking dish for thicker,
Bake at 350-degrees F for 10 minutes.
Protein (g) 18
Carbohydrates (g) 28
fiber (g) 5
sugars (g) 10
Fat (g) 7
omega-3 (g) 1.56
omega-6 (g) 2.62
These are very balanced for a granola bar. Most store-bought granola bars are high in sugar, low in protein and contain hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.
These are little higher in sugar than Kashi bars but the protein is much higher so this still will make it a better meal replacement bar than Kashi IMO. But these will best be used for a pre or post workout snack or quick meal replacement option.
I thought the taste on scale of 1-10 was an 8.
I used chocolate protein powder when the recipe called for vanilla though.
Update: I have used vanilla protein powder and sliced apple chunks instead of raisins and even better. 😊