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Peanut butter chocolate chip protein granola bars - so easy, quick, and perfect for pregnancy (and everyone else, too, of course!) // 40 Aprons

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bars (Vegan, GF)

Perfectly sweet, nutty, and chocolatey, these homemade granola bars come together in a snap, provide loads of protein, and are perfect for pregnancy!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, granola, peanut butter, protein bars, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 306 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed dates , pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds , loosely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons grass-fed collagen
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Optional: toast your oats in a 350º oven for about 15 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  2. Process dates in a food processor until only small bits remain (about 1 minute). The dates should form a "dough"-like consistency.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm maple syrup and peanut butter. Stir until smooth, then add gelatin powder and stir. Pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout. Make sure the dates are really thoroughly mixed, otherwise you might have trouble with the bars staying together!
  5. Stir in mini chocolate chips, then transfer to an 8x8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so you can lift the bars out easily. Press the mixture down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  6. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days, or in the freezer for even longer!

Recipe Notes

*The gelatin is optional but is what gives these bars their extra protein oomph. Vegan protein powders might work, but I love collagen hydrolysate because it never changes the texture or taste of a recipe--in addition to its other amazing nutritional qualities.

Based on a recipe from the Minimalist Baker.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bars (Vegan, GF)
Amount Per Serving (10 g)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.