Allow me to tell you a story.
I hate going to Sam’s Club. So a few months ago when the husband asked me to pick up some protein bars, I politely declined and said “How about I make you some instead?” He replied “OMG You are the best wife ever!”
Well, those weren’t the exact words that came out of his mouth. But it’s pretty much what he meant.
So then I googled healthy protein bars and added some flare and the rest is history. They’re delicious and they ooze health and they take less than 15 minutes to make a whole weeks worth. The other best part is that there’s no fancy-schmancy recipe to follow. No measuring cups, no timers. And they can cement you as the best wife ever.
Here’s what you need:
- Peanut Butter- The only ingredient should be peanuts. And maybe a little salt. You need about a cup, but I won’t tell if you use more or less. I measured the first time and now I just eyeball it.
- Honey- Local if possible. Use a cup-ish.
- Protein Powder- Chocolate is good. If you don’t like protein, try a different brand. I only like EAS. Add as much or as little as you want. If you just want a breakfast bar you can leave the protein powder out.
- Healthy Stuff- See below
- Yummys- Go wild. Whole almonds, slivered almonds, pecans, dried cranberries, granola, dried bananas, chocolate chips (totally healthy if they’re dark 😉 ), etc.
- Liquids- Milk, almond milk, sunflower oil, coconut oil, etc
A note on the healthy stuff- you can really experiment here. I keep the two things below on hand and almost always add them, but you don’t have to limit yourself to these. And you can make it without these things. You’re the boss, applesauce.
Chia seeds- Chia is a seed from a desert plant that is currently trendy after years of neglect. The seeds have lots and lots of health benefits. They make you feel full, so adding these to your bars can help reduce appetite. They are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and have tons of antioxidants and vitamins. They are low in fat and have no cholesterol. They can be found in the bulk bins or by the box in the health section. They are expensive, around $14/pound, but a pound will last you a very very long time.
Flax seeds- Flax is a plant grown in the northern US and western Canada. Like chia seeds, flax seeds are full of goodness. These seeds will give you Omega-3 fatty acids, lots of fiber and vitamins, and are high in cancer-preventing lignans. They have a slightly nutty taste. They’re also sold in bulk bins or by the box. The goodness comes wrapped inside a tight little shell that is hard to crack while eating, so buy ground or milled flax seeds. If you buy whole flax seeds, just pop them in the blender or food processor before using.
Okay. Putting this together is really tough. Are you ready? Take good notes.
Put the peanut butter and honey in a pot and heat it on the stove, stirring regularly. When it gets smooth, remove from heat. Add your dry ingredients and stir. It will get really dry and you will probably think that you’ve messed it up. But you haven’t, don’t worry.
Then add your liquid ingredient(s) and stir- add enough until it gets to a good consistency. Add too much? Don’t worry. Just add more dry. When it is not too dry and not too liquidy, pour it into a dish and refrigerate it for a few hours. Sometimes I like to put granola or rice cereal on the bottom of the dish. Spraying the dish with Pam can make it easier to cut. Then, enjoy! They taste like no-bake cookies…delicious, healthy no-bake cookies.
So there you have it. Breakfast for the whole week (unless you’re a nursing mom, and then you can have one of these, a hard-boiled egg, a banana, and a smoothie). You’re welcome.
Here’s the full recipe:
- Peanut Butter
- Protein Powder
- Healthy Stuff
Combine peanut butter and honey. Heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Add dry ingredients. Add liquid ingredients. Repeat until texture is good. Pour into a dish and refrigerate for a few hours.