Mixed Bag Chocolate Walnut Protein Bars Recipe
🔪Prep Time: 20 minutes
👩🍳Cook Time: 35 minutes
3 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1½ tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1¼ cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup walnuts
½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
⅓ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup raw shelled hempseed
3 tablespoons protein powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper coming up on the sides on two opposite ends. Not over the top, just the sides. This makes for easier removal.
3Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil to a small saucepan. Heat to melt the peanut butter and stir well. Take off heat and let cool a bit.
4Mix the ground chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl and set aside.
5Add the oats, walnuts, chocolate chips, sugar, hempseed, protein powder, cinnamon, and salt to a large bowl. Mix well. Add the chia mixture and peanut butter mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well.
6Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and press down with your fingers to make the mix firm and pressed into all corners.
7Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The bars will get harder as they cool, so don’t overbake.
8Let cool on a wire rack. To remove, grab hold of the extra parchment paper on the opposite ends of the dish and lift. Place on a cutting board and slice into bars that are about 2 inches wide and then in half at 4 inches long.
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