A couple of weeks ago, I received a package of Vega Sport Performance Protein in Mocha. (I did not receive compensation for this post, just the product and I chose to create this recipe all on my own!) While I really try to limit the amount of protein powder I consume (it occasionally irritates my tummy and I try to eat real, whole foods as much as possible) Vega products have a pretty great ingredient list and my tummy typically doesn’t get irritated by the protein powder.
That being said, as soon as I got the powder I knew that I wanted to get busy in the kitchen. I love mocha flavored things!
While I LOVE using Vega in smoothies, I wanted to switch things up a bit and try out some protein/granola bars. I love having little snacks that I can keep on hand for days when I am super busy or just super hungry, and these are absolutely perfect for on the go snacking.
Let me know if you give them a try!! 🙂 Enjoy!
Oatmeal Protein Bars
Yields: about 16 small bars
2 cups rolled oats
1 scoop protein powder of choice (I used Vega Sport Performance Mocha)
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp peanut butter (Other nut butters may work, but I have not tried them)
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp maple syrup
2-4 Tbsp coconut or almond milk (Add until the bars reach the desired consistency)
Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter and maple syrup. Heat over low temperature until the ingredients melt together. (You can do this in the microwave…we just don’t own one!)
In a large bowl, combine the oats and protein powder.
Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats and protein powder. Add in the coconut milk or almond milk 1 Tbsp at a time and thoroughly mix until you can form the “dough” into a ball and it sticks together.
Once the “dough” is of the desired consistency and sticks together, spread the dough evenly in the bottom of the 8×8 inch baking dish.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow everything to firm up. Cut into 16 bars and store in the refrigerator for easy snacking!
Question of the day:
This doesn’t really have to do with the recipe, but do you guys prefer when I post a recipe without any of the “about my life/what I did today stuff” or do you like it better WITH the random things about my life/day? Just curious!
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