The hubby is trying to gain weight and I thought I would come up with a way to add some more protein and calories to the usual baked oatmeal bars I make. This recipe is a hybrid of the baked oatmeal bars from Kat Eats Real Food and the peanut butter and honey granola bar recipe on Active Life Cooking (hasn’t been updated since January but has lots of yummy looking recipes). I didn’t add any sugar to them since I used sweetened protein powder in them. They are not sweet at all so if you live in North America you will probably want to add some sugar. After living in Japan for so long, I can only take half of the sweetness of low sugar recipes from back home.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons flax seed
3/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
2 tablespoons quinoa
1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup milk (I used soy milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 170C.
In a large bowl mix the oats, flax seed, mixed seeds, quinoa, protein powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl mix the milk, egg, peanut butter and vanilla with a whisk until the peanut butter is combined with everything else. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined. Pour into a parchment lined square or rectangular pan. Bake for about 50 minutes. Cool before cutting. I made ten smallish bars.