Protein Chewy Granola Bars – low in sugar
Hi ladies! I’ve been really into meal/snack prep this new school year. I bought these BENTO-GO lunch boxes and I love filling them up with healthy options for my kids. I added a little twist to a classic healthy granola bar. I use egg whites and 2 scoops of vanilla pea protein. (I grab the one at Trader Joes)
Everybody loves granola bars. I buy them every single week and noticed they are full of sugar. Even the “healthy ones”. I decided to try my own and take most the added sugar out of them. These can also be made “nut free” so kids can take them to school. We have a nut free school so I make a batch with nuts for home and a batch for school lunches.
3/4 cup organic honey
1/3 cup safflower oil or grapeseed oil
3 Large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups old fashioned oats (I use gluten free) from Trader Joes
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp. fine sea salt
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup walnut pieces
6 dried apricots – chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup golden raisin mix
In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, oil,egg whites, and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl combine oats, protein powder, flaxseed,cinnamon,nutmeg, and salt. Pour oat mixture into the honey mixture and stir until the ingredients are coated. Stir in almonds,walnuts, apricots, cranberries, and raisins. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
Baking dish – line with parchment paper. Grease will cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut into 1-inch-square bars and store in airtight container for up to 7 days.