Low Sugar Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars

It's been a while since my last recipe! I finally had some time this weekend to play around in the kitchen and I set out to make some high protein snacks to bring to work. I wanted a sweet low sugar treat and spent the morning looking up protein bar recipes online. These definitely turned out more like granola bars but they are still high protein, low calorie and 100% delicious! Oatmeal Protein Bars1

Ingredients:

1 c. Quick Oats

1/2 c. Protein Powder - I used Vi-Shape Sweet Cream flavor

2 T Flax seed (can omit)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

4 packets Truvia or other zero calorie sweetener

1/2 c. PB2 (can use real peanut butter but adjust the nutritional info accordingly!)

2 containers apple sauce (about 1 cup)

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup egg whites

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Directions:

- Combine the first 6 ingredients (all the dry stuff) in a large bowl.

- Combine the last 4 ingredients in a smaller bowl. Mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well again.

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- Pour batter into a greased baking dish (mine was 9x9) and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.

The hardest part of the entire recipe is not eating all of the batter raw. Seriously. I made the mistake of licking the spoon after I put the batter into the pan and I actually had to spoon some of the batter out just to have a few more bites before it went in the oven. Then, right after I put it in the oven, I debated on taking it out and just eating it raw. Thankfully I showed some self-restraint and let it bake.

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If you cut yours into 8 bars like I did the nutritional stats look like this:

Calories 106, Fat 2, Sugar 4 and Protein 8

You could also cut them into 4 large squares and double the nutritional stats above. 206 calories and 16 grams of protein rivals most store bough protein bars! As for the taste of the protein powder I used - I accidently spilled some on the counter as I was working and I had to lick my finger to 'clean' it up ... into my mouth. It is delicious! I can't wait to add some to my oatmeal in the mornings and make smoothies with it.

Oatmeal Protein Bars

 

Want more low calorie PB2 recipes?

PB2 Microwave Single Serving Cookie PB Cookie

 

PB2 Oatmeal Cookies

PB Oatmeal cookies

If you go through an obscene amount of PB2 every month like I do then consider buying it in bulk off Amazon. The jars you get in the store are 6.5 oz and I usually pay about $5 for them. On Amazon you can get two 16 oz bags for $15!

Disclosure: ViSalus provided me with product to use and compensated me for my time to develop this recipe.