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Powerhouse Protein Bars 

These bars have a secret protein packed grain we typically don't see in our snacks or breakfast foods but it's perfect crunch and nutty flavor makes it the star of these bars. 

The oats and quinoa used get nice and cozy in the oven for a toasty flavor and excellent plant protein powerhouse. 

I like to make a big batch of these to snack on all week instead of grabbing store bought bars and they're even husband approved. Give these a try and see how you like them in place of your standard grab and go bar. 

 

Total Time : 15 minutes | Servings : 12 bars

Ingredients :

1 cup dry quinoa

1 cup oats

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 tablespoons flax meal

1 cup peanut butter (any nut butter will do)

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

1/4 cup rice protein (can omit)

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions :

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread rinsed and dried quinoa and oats on baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes to toast grains.

2. When grains come out of oven, in a saucepan over medium low heat combine peanut butter, cocoa powder, protein powder, coconut oil and honey if you use it.

3. Pour dry oats and quinoa in bowl and add chia seeds and flax meal. When liquid mixture is combined pour on top of dry ingredients and combine.

4. Pour mixture into a lined 8X8 pan and put into fridge to firm up. I have to admit I was tasting these before they were done 

5. After about 30 minutes remove from fridge and slice into bars.