Baked Oat & Almond Protein Breakfast Bars
I have been playing with the idea of a wholesome breakfast bar for a while but there is that fine line between 'really good for you' and 'terrible'. They should taste good and have enough protein to replace the breakfast that many of us skip. I made several batches that had more protein but had to throw the twelve dollar pan of sawdust into the trash. Balance is everything! Each of these moist chewy bars has 150 calories, 7 carbs, lots of fiber, 11 grams of protein and even with 2 tablespoons honey have just 4g sugar. (the honey keeps them chewy). A nice bar for the entire family with clean wholesome ingredients.
- ½ cup unsweetened almond butter, I buy mine at Fresh Market
- 2 tablespoons Truvia
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 scoops Inspire Vanilla Protein Powder, about ½ cup
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut
- 2 tablespoons chopped raisins, dates, or dried sour cherries - optional as these add sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 inch round or square pan with cooking spray, line with parchment or waxed paper, respray.
- Blend the almond butter, Truvia, honey, butter and egg in a large bowl until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, toss the oats, protein powder, baking soda, salt, coconut and raisins to evenly combine.
- Add the dry oat mixture to the wet almond butter mixture and working quickly fold to somewhat moisten but do not over blend.
- Press the dough into the pan using the back of a spoon. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, until the top browns slightly and center tests moist crumb.
- Cool completely, cut 3 by 4, creating 12 bars, or into twelve wedges. Wrap each bar in waxed paper and store in a sealed container.