As an alternative to buying and eating packaged protein bars like Cliff and Luna Bars, we started making these protein granola bites to refuel after outdoor activities. Depending on how much peanut butter and honey you use, you can adjust the consistency and either create a looser granola or a more dense texture that keeps its shape in bars or balls. These snacks taste really, really good and use natural ingredients – nothing mysterious or unnecessary! I can find most of the ingredients in the bulk food section of our local grocery store.
Ingredients like peanut butter and chia seeds already contain protein, but to add extra protein to this recovery snack, I’ve used a natural whey protein powder. These are so easy to make – no baking required. Just stir it all together! Plus, it’s really easy to pack on hiking, camping, or climbing trips.
Recipe adapted from Easy No Bake Protein Energy Bites.
Here’s the list of ingredients:
- I cup oats
- ½ cup natural peanut butter (no salt or sugar added)
- ½ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- ½ cup cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips)
- ¼ cup honey
- 1/8 cup chia seeds
- 1/8 cup flax seeds
- 2 tblsp vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
And here’s the method of preparation:
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- Shape into balls and store in the refrigerator in air-tight container.
If you leave the mix as a loose granola, it tastes great eaten in a bowl with a little milk.
Hope you enjoy making and eating this healthy and less expensive protein bar. Happy adventuring!