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Homemade Protein-Packed Granola Bars

I have tried my hand at making granola bars or protein bars countless times before.  While they tasted good, they were nothing like the traditional store bought bars.  They either fell apart into crumbles, or were too goopy.  I couldn’t get the consistency right.  Until now.

Look at those beauts!

The secret to it was brown rice syrup, for it’s binding abilities.  It’s not something I usually buy, but I had some left over from making these healthy rice crispy treats.

If you find yourself wanting a similar-to-store-bought granola bar that you can make yourself with healthier ingredients, these are for you.  It is nutrient dense, filling, and chock full of good fats and protein. With the right packaging, I think it would make a really cute gift too!  Perfect, perhaps, for a new mom to eat one-handed while still getting enough calories to nourish her baby! I remember being starving during the 1AM breastfeeding sessions and always needing a granola bar. Wish I had had these!

Homemade Protein Packed Granola Bars
A granola bar that is nutrient dense and chock full of good fats and protein
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds (can sub other nuts)
  • 1½ cups rolled oats (certified gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
  • ¾ cup raisins (can sub with dried cranberries)
  • ¾ cup chopped medjool dates
  • 1½ cups dried apricots
  • ½ cup protein powder
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (can sub other nut butter for peanut-free option)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, mix almonds, oats, rice cereal, raisins, dates, apricots protein powder, and flax.
  2. Heat brown rice syrup in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir in honey, peanut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the syrup over the mixture and stir well.
  4. Spread the warm mixture into a 8x8 glass baking dish.
  5. Place a piece of parchment paper on the mixture and use it to press it down into an even layer. Try to work quickly to prevent it from becoming too difficult to mold.
  6. Chill until cold and firmed up, about 6 hours.
  7. Remove from dish and place on cutting board.
  8. Using a large chopping knife, cut the mixture into large pieces for meal sized bars and smaller pieces for snack bars (or portion control... these are a little addicting!)
  9. Store in refrigerator (or freezer for longer storage).

Note: I used Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein or Sunwarrior – Warrior Blend Natural.  Whatever you have on hand should work just fine though!  I think a vanilla flavored one would be delicious!

I used this brand of brown rice cereal.

I’d love to hear from you!  Do you have a tried-and-true granola bar or protein bar recipe? Leave me a comment, below!



1 comment to Homemade Protein-Packed Granola Bars

  • Here is the quick and easy high protein granola bar recipe I developed. I love these for quick and easy breakfasts and snacks, especially when traveling.

    Heat oven to 350F
    In a large bowl mix together:
    3 cups granola – home made or store bought (I like Cascadian Farms Organic)
    3 beaten eggs
    1/2 cup nut or seed butter, any kind
    1 cup dried fruit, any kind, chopped into small pieces

    Butter an 8″ x 8″ pan. If you double the recipe, use an 11″ x 7″ pan
    Spread the mixture in the pan and bake for about 30 mins, till firm.
    Cut into bars or squares while still warm. Cool, and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Freezes well.

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