Homemade Power Protein Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes  Cook time: 5 minutes  Total time: 15 minutes  Servings: 10 bars

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted (medjool) 
  • ¼ cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option) 
  • ¼ cup creamy salted natural peanut butter, Sunbutter, or almond butter 
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped 
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats, quinoa flakes, puffed rice or millet cereal (gluten-free for GF eaters) 
  • Optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, mixed nuts, banana chips, vanilla, coconut flakes, etc.

Directions: 

  • Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency. 
  • Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw. 
  • Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside. 
  • Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout. 
  • Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8”x 8” dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. A loaf pan will also work and will yield thicker bars. 
  • Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden. 
  • Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. It is best to keep them in the freezer to keep them fresh and thaw as needed. 

Note: If your dates don't feel sticky and moist, soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will ultimately help hold the bars together better.

Nutrition Information: 
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 200
Fat: 7g
Saturated fat: 1g
Carbohydrates: 24g
Sugar: 6g
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 8g