For all the healthy promises on the packaging of protein and granola bars, most of them are barely healthier than candy bars. They may be great snack options for professional athletes, but most of us aren’t going to burn enough fuel in a day to use up everything they’re packing.
Protein is good for you, as is oatmeal – the basis of granola; however, once you’ve baked them with tons of sugar, fat and chocolate, you may as well have just grabbed a Snickers bar. The fit person on the front of the box probably doesn’t actually eat the bars.
It’s just that protein and granola bars are so easy to grab and eat on the run, right? It’s exceptionally uncool of manufacturers to fake us out and load them with stuff we don’t need.
Thankfully, it’s really easy to make bars at home that have exactly what you want in them, and nothing else.
Homemade protein and granola bars
- 1/2 cup nut butter (natural almond or peanut butter with no salt added)
- 1/2 cup natural applesauce (no sugar added)
- 1 Tbsp of coconut or olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (for minerals)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup organic agave nectar
- 1/3 cut wheat germ
- 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I’m sure chocolate would be good, too.)
Optional ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut, 1/3 cup dried fruit
Combine all ingredients and press into greased (you can also line with parchment for easy removal without the spray oil) baking pan or glass casserole dish and bake for 35 minutes at 350. Cut while warm, let cool to harden. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.