I almost feel like I’m sharing a big revelation when I tell you about this no-bake recipe for protein goji berry granola bars. These bars only take a few minutes to make, and they’re far, far healthier than store-bought protein bars. Have you ever read the ingredients on a packaged protein bar? Most of them are full of sweeteners and lots of unknown ingredients. I like to say, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it or eat it!
I’ve realized recently that I need to add more protein to my daily intake. I often get so busy cooking for clients that I forgot to eat. So adding protein powder to my favorite snacks seems to give me more energy during the day.
You’ll find protein powders made out of all kinds of things, but the most common sources are soy, egg whites, and whey. Obviously, if you are allergic or otherwise intolerant of soy, eggs, or dairy, you’ll want to avoid protein powders made from those ingredients.
You can make this recipe vegan by choosing the right protein powder. Vegans won’t want to use powders made from eggs or dairy. In addition to soy, there are vegan protein powders made from peas, hemp, and rice. I’m not a vegan, but while shopping at my local health food store, I bought some vegan protein powder to use in this recipe.
These protein goji berry granola bars are packed with healthy ingredients and make a wonderful gluten-free snack. They satisfy that mid-morning craving and give you energy before or after a workout. This recipe is flexible and versatile, too, because you can add your own favorite nuts, seeds, or dried fruits. Talk about a nutritious power bar—this is it!
- 1 cup rolled or quick oats (gluten free)
- ½ cup cashew pieces, chopped
- ½ cup almond, chopped
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons protein powder
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- ⅔ cup peanut or almond butter (organic)
- ½ to ⅔ cup agave nectar
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (adjust based on which nut butter you use)
- ½ cup goji berries
- 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)
- Mix oats, cashew pieces, chopped almond, sunflower seeds, protein powder, and flax seeds in a large bowl.
- Whisk together nut butter, agave, and sea salt. Pour into oat mixture and mix well, until everything is sticky and combined. If it’s too dry, add a bit more agave. Add the goji berries and mix well.
- Press mixture into a shallow 8" baking dish that you’ve lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cover with more parchment paper or plastic wrap, press well into the dish, and refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut into bar shapes, and keep refrigerated. Makes 10–15 bars.
Sites That Link to this Post
- Few Healthy Superfoods that Taste Great in Meals | Superfoodliving.com | June 25, 2014
- Recipes | Gojoy Berries | April 24, 2015
- Mercedes | March 6, 2016