With a busy work and school schedule it is hard to find recipes that are easy, quick, and healthy. As classes start up again, I have been searching for a snack that would not only be healthy, but do well outside of refrigeration. I happened upon an oat bar recipe from leancleanandbrie, added a couple ingredients, and here I have Peanut butter Oat Protein Bars.
Here are all the ingredients you will need for the bars (minus an egg):
Though flax seed was not in the original recipe, I wanted to add it for more nutritional value. Flax seed is high in antioxidants, great for digestive health, helps to lower cholesterol, and is great for healthy skin and hair!
Cinnamon is one of my absolute favorite flavors so you will see it in the majority of what I bake (feel free to leave it out if you aren’t a fan).
Using natural peanut butter and raw honey are awesome natural sweeteners in the bar. These each have many benefits such as being natural sources of energy.
Get creative and add dark chocolate, nuts, raisins, or cacao nibs!
I mixed all the ingredients in one bowl and spread them out in a greased pan ready to go in the oven. Prepping and cooking took around 20 minutes sll together. You can easily do this between commercials of your favorite TV show.
Here are the bars out of the oven and cooling. I chose to cut them in 6 pieces and individually wrapped them to use as easy snacks during the week.
These bars are a tasty way to stay healthy if you have a busy schedule. Most college kids fall into the convenience of grabbing fast food when they are short on time. This leads to an unhealthy lifestyle leaving you to feel lethargic and not to mention on a fast path to gaining the “freshman 15” (or more!). It is also a great way to save money!
These bars will last you through out the week and stay fresh in your purse, backpack, or pocket, helping you fight hunger and the temptation of fried food.