No Bake Workout Bars

No-Bake Workout Bars

This is a super yummy and simple, no-bake workout bar recipe! Fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, such as oats and raisins, are combined with protein-rich protein powder and peanut butter. Flax seeds and chia seeds add superfood power, while chocolate gives you a satisfying flavor.  Enjoy these bars after a workout or any time of day.

Yields: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Plant Based Chocolate or Vanilla Shakeology.  (If you don’t have protein powder, you can substitute 1/4 cup of additional oats)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life was used in this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk, (more or less as needed to reach desired consistency)
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

    1. In a blender, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the oats until a flour-like consistency. In a large bowl, toss to combine oat flour, remaining oats, protein powder, chocolate chips, chia or flax seeds, and raisins.
    2. Stir together in a medium bowl the coconut milk, peanut butter, and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds so it gets a little drippy and smooth. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
    3. Spread mixture into a 9 x 9-Inch square pan or an 11 x 7-inch pan. Press mixture down and cover with a lid or foil and refrigerate overnight, or until they harden some.
    4. Slice into 12 bars and keep stored in the refrigerator.