Homemade protein bars without nuts

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As a mother of two young children, I am here to confirm that the rumor is true: the children will, in fact, eat you out and about.

As easy as it would be to rely on store-bought granola bars, making them at home is not only more affordable, it allows me to control the quality of ingredients.

This year my two sons are in walnut-free classrooms, which presents another challenge: adjusting our usual granola bar recipe to be nut-free, but also provide a strong protein boost.

The end result is these smooth, chewy, nut-free protein bars scented with warm cinnamon and stuffed raisins. For even more protein, I combine them with a Stonyfield yogurt bag filled with calcium and vitamin D.

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Meanwhile we have children to feed, am I right? So go into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these nutty, soft, chewy protein bars to pair with your favorite Stonyfield yogurt. You will be so glad you did.

Do these protein bars require refrigeration?

No. But they will stay longer if you do.

Can you substitute white flour for whole wheat flour?

Yes. White flour will be fine.

How can I reduce the sugar in these bars?

Just set aside the chocolate chips and raisins.

If I want to use sugar instead of honey and applesauce, what would be the amount?

I would not change those ingredients in this recipe.

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Homemade protein bars without nuts

A healthy alternative to store-bought granola bars, these nutty chewy protein bars are perfect for snacking on the go!

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cook time 25 minutes Total time 30 minutes

8 bars Calories 187kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oatmeal (old-fashioned)
  • 1/3 cup protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of linseed flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat puff pastry
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or chocolate chips)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 Ɨ 8 baking sheet with parchment paper to easily remove the protein stick.
  • In a large bowl, mix together oatmeal, protein powder, flax flour, flour, yeast, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the apple sauce, honey, and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the oatmeal mixture and stir well. Add the raisins and stir again until the mixture is evenly incorporated.
  • Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared baking pan with a rubber spatula to press the mixture firmly into the pan in an even layer.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Chef's Notes:

Do these protein bars require refrigeration?

No. But they will stay longer if you do.

Can you substitute white flour for whole wheat flour?

Yes. White flour will be fine.

How can I reduce the sugar in these bars?

Just set aside the chocolate chips and raisins.

If I want to use sugar instead of honey and applesauce, what would be the amount?

I would not change those ingredients in this recipe.

Nutrition:

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1.5mg

protein bars without protein

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