Recipe: No-Bake Protein, PB, and Gogi Berry Granola Bars

Whew. That’s a long-ass title. But there are so many good things in these, I couldn’t decide which to showcase.

 

So many blogs put some story here to talk about their day and why they decided to make the recipe. I don’t know, I don’t think you need that context. Here are the important things I do want to include:

 

  • I used what I had. You can totally throw in additional nuts, dried fruit, seeds, etc.
  • This made 12 bars in a 9×9 pan
  • They’re fucking delicious

 

No-Bake PB, Gogi, Granola Bars

 

No-Bake Protein, PB, and Gogi Berry Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. quick oats
  • 3/4 c. roasted almonds (whole or chopped)
  • 1/4 c. almonds (sliced) *this isn’t necessary, but I had it, so I threw it in as filler
  • 1/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli are recommended)
  • 1/4 c. chia seeds
  • 1. c. sunflower seeds
  • 2 T. vanilla protein powder
  • 2/3 c. nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower—whichever you choose)
  • 1/2 c. raw honey (or agave nectar)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 c. gogi berries

 

Directions:

  1. Mix oats, almonds, chocolate chips, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and protein powder in large bowl.
  2. Add nut butter, honey, and sea salt. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add gogi berries and stir.
  4. Line 9×9 pan with parchment paper (leave some on the edges to use as “handles”) and press mixture in. Cover with more parchment paper and use a flat object to press and even out top.
  5. Place in freezer for an hour to harden (or 4 hours in the refrigerator).
  6. Remove from chilling, remove from pan, and cut into bars.
  7. Store in refrigerator (in an air-tight container with parchment paper between layers).

Sam works in advertising/marketing by day and moonlights with freelance writing, startup consulting, dating profile overhauls, and event planning. She lives in Columbus with her two dogs and spends her free time writing, drinking coffee and local beers, getting zen with yoga, catching a good concert, and laughing with friends. She doesn't give a shit if you're offended by lewd language, so #dealwithit.

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