Epic Gluten Free Protein Bars

Let’s talk chocolate bars.  I know, not a good way to start a healthy looking post, is it?  But who doesn’t like chocolate bars?  Well, chocolate bars are pretty much what you’re getting when you eat a harmless-looking, commercially made granola bar.  Usually (but not always), there is a ridiculous amount of sugar and lots of crazy, unpronounceable ingredients. So, give these a try. It’s kinda like making Rice Crispie squares…but a whole lot healthier! Note:  After I make these, I usually wrap them in plastic wrap and leave them in a basket on the counter for everyone to grab.  You could also just keep them in a covered container or you could  freeze them and grab them from the freezer as you leave for school or work!
1/2 c sunflower seeds *
1/4 c sesame seeds *
1/2 c pumpkin seeds *
1/2 c flax seeds  (if they are whole, grind in a coffee grinder to break the husk and get all the goodness out of the seeds)
1/2 c wheat germ (for gluten free, use quinoa flakes) *
1/2 c chocolate chips (or sub in same amount chopped dates or other dried fruit)
1/2 c grated coconut (optional)
1 c rolled oats
7 cups cereal (use healthy stuff…I usually use whole grain Rice Crispies, but today I used Vector)
1 1/2 c honey (or agave nectar)
2 c natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 c skim milk powder or soya powder for vegan (in increase the protein)
1/2 c protein powder (Biosteel is my favourite!)
1 tsp vanilla
* make sure you have just over 2 cups of seeds so you can mix these up to suit your preference or use up what you have in your kitchen!

1.  In a large bowl, mix the seeds, chocolate chips coconut (if using), oats and cereal (first nine ingredients); mix together and set aside.
2. In another bowl, combine honey, peanut butter, skim milk powder and protein powder. Mix together with a spatula and microwave for about 1 minute to warm the wet ingredients and make mixture easier to stir.
3. Mix warmed mixture again until all the powder is incorporated.
4. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well (the easiest way to get it all combined is to use your hands and really combine until there are no dry pieces…this will take a few minutes).
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment and press the mixture into the sheet. Press the mixture firmly with the back of a spatula or flat utensil (use the pressure from the palm of your hand to really compact the mixture); then cut into “granola-shaped pieces” (I usually get 12×3 out of the pan).
Then you can wrap them individually and put them in your pantry.
People will thank you for a “good-for-you” alternative to chocolate chip cookies!!
  • Tina Cesaroni
    May 8, 2014

    I’ve seen these in your kitchen before!! My turn to try.

  • Dorothy
    February 27, 2015

    I am going to the bulk barn today to get the ingredients for this recipe.
    Will post on Instagram if they turn out…stay tuned

    • Suzie Durigon
      February 27, 2015

      Ooooo…can’t wait to see them Dorothy!!!

  • vida
    November 28, 2015

    Thank you for the great recipe for the protein bars. I made them and will be sending them to my son. Fantastic ! Great tip on warming up the wet sticky stuff. Worked like a charm. Now time to try the granola ! Thanks again.

    • Suzie Durigon
      November 28, 2015

      Thanks so much Vida (and it was lovely to see you last night…sorry I couldn’t spend more time talking to you!). I’m glad the protein bar worked out for you…I have them on hand all the time! Let me know what the granola turns out like!!

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