Recipe for High Protein “Power Bars”

 Posted by on August 22, 2014  Add comments  Tagged with:
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Several readers have requested this terrific recipe, but please note that while I have personalized it somewhat, I cannot take credit for it. When we had health insurance through Wellmark this recipe was in their monthly magazine for members. I first made it with protein powder from Wal-Mart, which is full of chemicals and tastes gross, but I had never purchased whey protein before and didn’t know what to look for. I’ve since experimented with the recipe a bit, so please see my notes below for specific ingredient recommendations and tips.

Photo credit: Wellmark.com

INGREDIENTS
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup honey
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 cup dried fruit
1/2 cup ground flax
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder

DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients together until very well-blended. Spread mixture into a 13×9-inch pan and refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks or freeze for later use.

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Notes:
-These bars hold together better with quick oats, but I’ve found that you can use any oats you want, and just pulse them a few times in a food processor.
-We LOVE Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. It tastes like regular peanut butter, but it contains a small amount of palm oil instead of unhealthy hydrogenated oils.
-I use raw, unheated honey, but it must be warmed just slightly until it’s pourable, or the bars will be crumbly. My absolute favorite is YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey, which is on sale right now at Vitacost (one of my absolute favorite sites!) If you use my affiliate link you can also save $10 on your order of $30 or more!
-We generally use raisins or dried cranberries, but dried cherries are also delicious.
-I prefer Golden Flax Seed Meal over regular.
-The very best whey protein powder is Swanson Premium from Swanson Vitamins. It is pure dairy whey, free of soy and chemicals. It’s also virtually tasteless, which I like!
-You will find that it’s easiest to just wet your hands, shake off the excess water, and smush all of the ingredients together rather than trying to mix them with a spoon.
-I just cut these into squares, rather than trying to create a bar shape. It’s faster.

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If you make these power bars, expect your children to beg for them constantly. My husband loves them so much he says he could eat the entire pan in one sitting.

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