Tasty Tuesday: Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's "Tasty Tuesday"! 

Well...actually....umm...technically it's "Tasty Wednesday" this week. But work with me here. Sheesh, you are so picky! :)

This week's Tasty Tuesday Wednesday is another breakfast recipe! And check this out, this is a Clean Eating version of Chocolate Chip Protein Bars (from The Gracious Pantry)! When Wes and I started our new journey, one of the things we set out to tackle early on was finding some healthier options for on-the-go breakfasts, especially for the kids. During the work-week, Wes and I usually use our Shakeology as breakfast (he adds to his breakfast with Shakeology, I use it as a meal replacement) but the kids were usually grabbing a pop-tart or cereal bar along with some fruit on the go. Now that Emma is in Kindergarten, she has some more time at home for a less-rushed breakfast but The Squishy and I are usually rushing to get out the door so I can drop him off at preschool on my way to work.

Insert our new love of Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Protein Bars. The kids TOTALLY dig this recipe, especially our pickiest eater Emma Kathryn. There are tons of different versions out there and I can't wait to give some others a try but you know the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." This is another recipe that the kids love to get involved in making and I love it because it's SUPER easy to whip up a batch on the weekend so you are all set for the week.

Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup natural (clean) peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup clean honey
  • 1/2 unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbls grain sweetened chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbls chia seeds

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and roast oats in the oven without oil for 10 - 15 minutes, let cool completely (or they will melt your chocolate chips)!

Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl and spread out the batter on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until the bars are a nice golden brown. Cut and let cool and store in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware container. And Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: (serving size is 1 bar)
Calories: 311, Total Fat: 12 g, Sodium: 4 mg, Total Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 21g, Carbohydrates: 29g

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