- 1 ½ cup quick cooking oats
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted peanut butter
- ½ cup honey or agave nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Line a 9x9 inch square pan with parchment paper with enough over hang for easy removal.
- In a large mixing bowl combine first 7 ingredients.
- In separate bowl, mix peanut butter, honey or agave and vanilla until smooth.
- Pour liquid ingredients over solid ingredients and combine using a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Transfer mixture to pan, pressing firmly and evenly.
- Refrigerate the pan at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Gently lift the parchment paper to remove from pan to cut into 16 bars.
- Enjoy immediately or wrap individual bars in plastic wrap or parchment paper and place in freezer safe bag to store in refrigerator or freezer.
If using old fashioned oats, pulse a few times in a food processor to break up the texture.
If using salted peanut butter, reduce salt to ¼ tsp.
Using pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas) instead of almonds adds a nice pop of color!
Serving size: 1 bar
209 calories; 13 grams fat; 2 grams sat. fat; 20 grams carbs; 3 g fiber; 7 grams protein; 77mg sodium.
Why this recipe is good for athletes:
Nuts and seeds are a great source of plant based protein. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter and oats are all good sources of magnesium. Magnesium is known for relieving muscle aches and spasms.
Hemp seeds are unique because they contain all essential amino acids (building blocks of protein). That's uncommon in a plant protein source, making hemp seeds a great addition to a vegetarian diet!
Chia seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber, both of which can help improve your cholesterol levels.