I grew up eating chewy bars, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Frankly I'm not sure why parents let their kids eat chewy bars though. They are loaded with artificial sugars and chemicals, if you don't believe me take a look at the ingredient list on a box. One of the ingredients listed is citric acid. When was the last time you were baking and had to reach in the cabinet to grab a pinch of citric acid, let me think...hmmm never.
Anyway, enough about that. In my process of getting rid of processed foods chewy bars went out the window, figuratively not literally of course. However, I am here to offer you a simple, tasty alternative: homemade protein bars.
You will need:
- 2 cups oats, I used old fashioned but quick oats also work
- 1/4 cup PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate Protein Powder, vanilla also works
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, can substitute nuts if desired
- 2 packets Truvia (you don't have to include this, they will still taste delicious)
- 1 large banana or 2 small bananas
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
First, in a large mixing bowl combine oats, PB2, protein powder, truvia, and chocolate chips. Thoroughly mix ingredients.
Next, mash the banana.
Add in the vanilla extract.
Then, mix all ingredients together. Folding the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients works best.
Once all the ingredients are mixed together press "batter" into an 8x8 or a 9x9 pan, depending on how big or small you want your bars.
After cool, cut into bars. I cut mine into four rows of three bars each. Keep bars in an airtight container and refrigerate for optimal freshness.