It is hard to eat well while on the go and usually store bought granola bars are packed with sugar and preservatives. I found this recipe in Oxygen magazine and tweaked it a little bit. I have made them previously and thought they need more flavour so I have added peanut butter into the mix. These granola bars are great for a busy student on the go. They are also a good pre-workout snack. I personally use them to help battle my terrible sweet tooth. I sometimes throw them in the microwave for a few seconds then eat them like a cookie and dip them in milk.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole grain flour
2 scoops vanilla OR chocolate protein powder
1 tbs raw honey (I used agave nectar and used two tablespoons instead of one)
2 ounces dark chocolate covered espresso beans (I used plain Hersey’s dark chocolate chips)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla or almond extract
½ Cup Peanut Butter
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
3. Spread the mixture evenly in a 9”x9” baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes (I only cooked mine for about 10 – 15 minutes). Let cool and slice into 8 bars. Serve OR refrigerate for later.