Here’s the Formula: No Bake Oatmeal Protein Bars


(You’ll
notice that the ingredients/amount are a little hazy. This is so you can
personalize it. Add more of what you like and less of what you don’t. Then
adjust it next time if you need to…)

No Bake Oatmeal Protein Bars

¼-1/2c peanut butter

1-1/2c (4-6 scoops) protein powder

Up to 1/4c sweetener if your protein powder isn’t
sweetened (agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, sucanat,
calorie free sweeteners (xylitol, stevia, splenda…) they’re all different so
you’ll have to play around with the amount

1/2c water

2c oats

½- 1c nuts, chopped fine (any kind or a mix, raw
and/or roasted)

½-1c dried fruit, chopped fine (cranberries,
blueberries, apples, figs and cherries work well)

¼-1/2c seeds if you want (ground flax and chopped
sunflower and/or pumpkin)

Line a pan with wax or parchment paper. (I use a 9×13. This
size is ideal but use what you have). In a giant bowl, mix together the peanut
butter, protein powder, and water. It should be the consistency of pancake
batter, but very sticky. Add everything else and mix until well combined. This
is a challenge and you’ll need to use your hands. It’s really very sticky. Turn
this mixture out into the pan as evenly as you can. Top it with more
paper and use a tool to press it down (I use a meat iron
and I’ve also used the flat end of a meat mallet. You can use the bottom of a
heavy glass, whatever you have). Freeze for 20 minutes or more, and then take
out and to cut. Lift the whole thing out of the pan to cut, since they’re hard
and you have more leverage. You can wrap them individually and put them back in
the freezer, but they’ll keep in the fridge too. They would probably keep for a
long time in the cupboard too (at our house they get eaten very quickly so I
can’t verify that).

Variations: Melted chocolate or peanut butter on top, chocolate chips inside, coconut
shreds with tropical dried fruit and macadamia nut butter, any different nut
butter, sun butter (sunflower seed, it’s getting popular), soy nut butter. Any
kind of protein powder (whey, soy, rice, hemp, pea) or even dried powered milk, sub
a different type of cereal (like rice krispies) for some or all of the oats…