Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars – an easy clean eating recipe for a homemade protein bar, no-bake required, and only 6 ingredients.
All you need to make those no-bake protein bars is 10 minutes! These are perfect for boosting your protein intake and make a great fulfilling sweet snack in the afternoon.
I personally eat them before my morning run or before going to the gym. You know I love running and this is the kind of food that helps me run longer.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars: my semi-marathon food fuel
I was really proud to finish the Auckland half marathon last month in 2h27 minutes. It was a huge challenge after three years of a sugar-free life.
I have never been a huge sportive girl before, but now I can not live a day without sport. I often look at the protein bars at the store, and I found them really expensive and sometimes a bit too sweet as I am not used to eating very sweet food anymore.
That is how I started to make my own running food lately. I simply developed my recipes following the ingredient listed on a commercial bar I was used to eating.
Mainly, a protein bar is always made of nuts and protein powder to boost protein intake.
Those oatmeal protein bars are made with 6 simple ingredients 100% vegan:
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- Peanut butter
- Brown rice syrup – you can use maple syrup instead by I prefer brown rice syrup as it is less sweet and release slower in my body after sport.
- Rolled Oats and Jumbo Oats – I used a combo of jumbo size oat and rolled oats to add some texture to my bars.
- Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips – optional, but I love it!
- Vegan pea protein – I used a vanilla one to add some extra flavor.
Then some cereal is usually rolled oat because it makes a perfect base to boost complex carbs before running. Finally, sweeteners are most of the time brown rice syrup as it contains less sugar than honey.
You can, of course, flavor your bars with anything else you like. Here I topped my bars with chocolate chips. There is sugar in those chips, but this is ok when I am running as my body needs some fuel.
The texture of these bars is chewy, with a lovely coconut flavor and bites of oats all around the bar. It is not too sweet but very fulfilling. I made 9 bars with this recipe.
If you enjoy running food recipe simply leave me a comment below, and I will share more of my running creation next time 🙂
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars
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- In a saucepan, under medium heat, warm the peanut butter, sweetener and milk until liquid and smooth - about 1 minute maximum. Stir to prevent the mixture from burning. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oat, jumbo oats, protein powder and chocolate chips.
- Stir in the lukewarm peanut butter mixture until it forms a dough. The chips will melt, that's what you want.
- Transfer the batter in a square brownie pan covered with parchment paper
- Press the batter with the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread evenly into the pan.
- Top with 1/4 cup extra chocolate chips if you like, or pumpkin seeds, or sliced almonds. Press with your hands to incorporate them into the bars.
- Refrigerate one hour or freeze 30 minutes to firm-up quickly.
- Cut into 10 bars.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight box up to 3 weeks. You can also store them in the pantry, the texture will be softer.
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