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Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Protein Bars

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Homemade Double Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Protein Bars. Using oats in protein bars makes these super quick and no food processor needed. Just one bowl and less than 30 minutes! You can’t say no to these.

Ingredients

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for the bars:

  • 3/4 cup natural chocolate almond butter* (plain also works)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey (I like raw here)
  • 1 tablespoon almond or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup protein powder** (plant based or whey)
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

chocolate topping:

  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl gently stir together almond butter, honey, oil, cocoa powder and protein powder. If almond butter is really thick and oil has separated, make sure it is well stirred before adding into bowl with other ingredients. You can also microwave almond butter and honey together for 15 seconds prior to adding in the cocoa and protein to make stirring easier if necessary.
  3. Add in rolled oats and chia seeds; use large sturdy spatula to stir. Don’t be afraid to use hands to get the dry ingredients mixed in well.
  4. Press mixture into prepared pan, using hands to press evenly into all corners. Place pan in freezer for 20 minutes to set, or refrigerator for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Once bars have set, lift parchment paper from pan and place on cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut bars into 12 servings. If using topping, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave for 10 second intervals. Once completely melted drizzle chocolate on bars and allow to set, about 15 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Store Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bars in airtight container in fridge 2-3 weeks, or in store in freezer for longer period of time. Enjoy!

Notes

*Feel free to use your favorite nut/seed butter or blend here as well. I do not recommend coconut butter though.

If using plant-based protein you may need to add 1-2 TBS of milk or water to help mixture come together easier. I used chocolate plant-protein here and I found that was the case. I don’t think the extra liquid is necessary if using whey protein.

To make this recipe into balls, reduce oats to 1 and 2/3 cups rolled oats.

Bars adapted from my Peanut Butter Protein Oat Bars

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